The numbers are in and it is now clear that Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors was the most watched TV show in its time slot last night according to Rolling Stone and Variety today, December 11, 2015. The rave reviews just keep pouring in. Examiner also watched the show so this will be a news report as well as a review of the captivating and touching peek into Parton’s life that she treated us all too last night.
Simply put ‘Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors’ captivated the hearts of 13 million viewers when the TV-movie aired on NBC Thursday night. The heartwarming film about following your dreams, having faith and keeping love alive despite tough times attracted 13 million viewers and a 1.8 in adults 18-49. It was the most watched movie on broadcast TV in more than 3 years.
Not only was this story told well with respect, love and tenderness, the acting was superb. Young and the Restless fans are very well acquainted with the acting ability of Alyvia Alyn Lind as she portrays Faith Newman, granddaughter of Victor and Nikki Newman and daughter of Nick and Sharon on the much loved soap. Lind has been young Faith for several years now and the Y&R audience has watched her grow, mature and hone her acting ability. Coat of Many Colors proves just how talented this young lady really is.
While we are speaking of soaps, it should be mentioned that Hannah Nordberg, a young actress who has recently portrayed Josslyn Jax on General Hospital was also in this movie. She played the part of Lind’s (Dolly’s best friend) who ultimately saves her from humiliation in the classroom and protects her and looks after her after her infant brothers dies. General Hospital viewers were used to seeing Nordberg portray a spoiled brat with an attitude on GH but last night she shined in this new role as a protective albeit underprivileged orphan like member of Dolly’s neighborhood.
The big surprise of the night was Jennifer Nettles who portrayed Dolly’s mother. Nettles who is 1/2 of the country act Sugarland really showed her acting chops in this movie. Her timing was spot on and her emotion and delivery was great. As a viewer, this Examiner actually felt the mother-daughter connection between these two actresses.
At this time in December when there are so many choices for Christmas movies, without even trying, Dolly’s Coat of Many Colors surpassed any Christmas movie seen this season and is sure to become a classic in years to come. Without Christmas trees, twinkling lights or Santa, this movie delivers more spirit, faith, hope and the meaning of family than anything else has delivered in a long while. Thank you Dolly and thank you NBC for delivering this wonderful gift to living rooms across the country.
Here are what some reviewers across the country are saying 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
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.
“Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” will stream for 25 days from broadcast on NBC.com, NBC apps and Set-Top Box On Demand.
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