The movie will air from 9 to 11 p.m., preempting dramas “The Blacklist” and “The Player.” One week earlier, on Dec. 3, the network will present live musical “The Wiz.”
Sugarland lead singer Jennifer Nettles and Rick Schroder have been tapped to play Parton’s parents in “Coat of Many Colors,” and Gerald McRaney will play Grandpa Jake Owens. As previously announced, Alyvia Alyn Lind will portray 9-year-old Dolly Parton.
“Coat of Many Colors,” set in the Tennessee Great Smokey Mountains in 1955, is described by NBC as a family-oriented faith-based story about the incidents in the life of Parton and her family at around the time she was 9 years old.
The movie is written by Pamela K. Long. She exec produces with Sam Haskell and Dolly Parton. The film is a production of Magnolia Hill Entertainment and DP Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.