Dolly Parton's inspirational made for TV movie "Coat of Many Colors" was the most watched TV program in its time slot. The show was aired on Thursday night on NBC. The movie which speaks of how faith, prayer, and perseverance can overcome obstacles was watched by 13 million viewers. It was the most watched movie on broadcast TV in more than 3 years.
The film is set in the Tennessee Great Smoky Mountains in 1955. It is neither a biopic nor musical about Parton'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. The movie is loosely based on Parton's hit song of the same name. Watch Dolly Parton recently performing the song on The Voice:
Reviewers across the country raved about the NBC TV-movie:
Los Angeles Times, Dec. 10, 2015
"'Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors' manages to be clear- and misty-eyed at once"
"Like Parton's music, it manages to be somehow clear- and misty-eyed at once, a mix of the natural and the sentimental"
"...a handsome piece, with some sweet performances."
- Robert Lloyd
Huffington Post, Dec. 10, 2015
"Lind has a winning screen presence. In fact, she dominates the film..."
"Dolly Parton offers to wrap you up for two hours in a world that's cozy, comforting and warm."
- David Hinckley
Washington Post, Dec. 9, 2015
"Leave it to Dolly Parton to bring out an innocuously sweet, faith-based, prime-time Christmas movie right in the middle of a religious and political culture war ..."
"... pure-hearted and credible..."
- Hank Stuever