Dolly Parton‘s made-for-television movie, based around her 1971 hit “Coat of Many Colors,” attracted a big audience last week.
According to Variety, The family-friendly film drew 13.2 million viewers during its Dec 10. premiere on NBC. The dramatized biopic was the most-watched program of the night, and became the highest-watched television movie in the last three years.
Alyvia Alyn Lind played the role of 9-year-old Dolly Parton, while Sugarland‘s Jennifer Nettles and actor Ricky Schroder played the roles of Dolly’s parents. In the film, Nettles struggles to cope with the unexpected loss of her baby. As the family tries to deal with this tragedy, Parton’s mother gives Dolly a patchwork coat made from the baby’s blanket, which spurs a sequence of events that changes her life forever.
Although many note that Nettles and Schroder’s performances were less than stellar, fans and critics have celebrated the film for providing an inspiring program appropriate for the entire family.
NBC has just made the film available to stream in full online for a limited time.
Parton’s 1974 hit, “Jolene”, will be the second track to be adapted for the small screen by NBC. The movie will be written by John Sacret Young, but no further details on the film have been released.