It’s a truth universally acknowledged that 2016 has been a terrible year. Worse than terrible, but that’s neither here nor there. The holidays are here, and while many may not actually feel like celebrating, celebrate we should, and what better way to do so than to cuddle up on the couch tonight and take in a little Dolly Parton? November 30th at 9:00 p.m. (8:00 central) on NBC, the essentially universally adored cultural icon comes back to the small screen with a sequel to her runaway hit made-for-NBC movie, Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors, called Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love.
The new film, like the old one, is reportedly inspired by Parton’s own biography, and picks up in 1955, when a young Dolly and her family remain, as she has said, “dirt poor,” but “rich in attitude, rich in spirit, rich in love” (and rich in the holy spirit—the films are unapologetically religiously minded). Parton appears in the movie as a prostitute, a real-life figure who figures quite prominently in the icon’s history, and proved to be incredibly influential in the icon’s sense of glamour. “There was this one woman, I thought she was beautiful and, you know, she had the peroxide hair and she had it all piled up on her head and had red fingernails and red lipstick and, you know, wore her powder,” Parton said, “And I just thought she was the prettiest thing I’d ever seen. And Mama said, Oh, quit looking at her. She ain’t nothing but trash. And I thought, Ooh, that’s what I want to be when I grow up—trash.”
So set your DVRs, folks, because if this installation is anything like the last one, it’s bound to break some records. But the important thing, beyond ratings and Nielsen and Dolly’s fabulous self, is, as she told Vogue.com’s Alex Frank from the set of Christmas of Many Colors, “There’s just so much craziness in the world. We need to be brought together. We need to be a little more accepting, a little more forgiving, a little more harmonious.” Words to live by for this holiday season and beyond.