NBC announced more details recently about its upcoming Dolly Parton movie called Coat of Many Colors, which apparently is "neither a biopic nor musical about Dolly's whole life and performing career but rather a family-oriented faith-based story about the incidents in her and her family's life around the time she was 9 years old."
But wait. It gets better:
"This once-in-a-lifetime movie special takes place inside the tight-knit Parton family as they struggle to overcome devastating tragedy and discover the healing power of love, faith, and a raggedy patchwork coat that helped make Parton who she is today."
Did we just step out of network primetime and into a Lifetime movie here? Or perhaps more faith-based Hallmark? This sounds just like the sort of fiction-but-call-it-based-in-fact goop you can find on those sort of networks at any given moment.
But not just any given moment: The movie airs at 9 p.m. on Dec. 10, smack in the middle of the holiday cheesefest that Hallmark blankets us with from Halloween to New Year's. Maybe NBC just wants in on the action.
Speaking, though, of campy cable movies, the little girl playing young (normally proportioned) Dolly in the movie, Alyvia Alyn Lind, has some serious cred in that field, having recently been in A Deadly Adoption with Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell as well as something called Fire Twister. She also has some real cred cred, having also been in Masters of Sex and Transparent.
That's more than we can say for Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland, who is playing Dolly's mom in the movie and will undoutably sing at some point. At least that should sound better than Peter Pan Live, which NBC dished up about the same time last year.