The cast of the telefilm “Coat of Many Colors” gathered at SAG-AFTRA on Monday to not only honor the legendary Dolly Parton but to make a direct pitch to Emmy voters. After a screening of the NBC telefilm about Parton’s childhood, actors Alyvia Alyn Lind, Ricky Schroder, and Jennifer Nettles along with executive producer Sam Haskell joined me onstage for a lively Q&A (watch the full 35-minute event above).
Parton herself could not attend due to her hectic touring schedule but sent along a welcome video (click here to view this exclusive intro). The initial broadcast in December was seen by 13.03 million viewers, the highest number for any TV movie or miniseries on a broadcast network since 2012. The peacock net aired it two weeks later on Christmas Day and plans on making it a perennial holiday event. The cast and crew is going back into production this summer on a sequel which will air later this year.
Based on Parton’s hit 1971 song of the same name, “Coat of Many Colors” tells the story of her upbringing in in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Lind plays the young Dolly as sassy, outspoken, and supremely talented at a young age. Her parents are portrayed by Nettles (of country group Sugarland) and Schroder (“Silver Spoons,” “NYPD Blue”). The family must cope with the premature death of a baby, a drought, and a crisis of faith. They are quite poor, so to cheer up young Dolly after the death, her mother makes a colorful coat out of many rags that have been donated to them.
We have interviewed all of these key people in recent weeks. Click each of their names below to watch those chats.
Alyvia Alyn Lind, a Critics Choice nominee earlier this year for the role.
Jennifer Nettles, a three-time Grammy Award winner.
Ricky Schroder, a Golden Globe champ at age nine for the film “The Champ.”
Sam Haskell, a former VP at William Morris and longtime agent for Parton.
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