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The country music icon will star in and executive produce a musical holiday movie for the streamer called Christmas on the Square. The movie, which also stars Christine Baranski, Jenifer Lewis, Treat Williams and Jeanine Mason and is directed by Debbie Allen (Grey’s Anatomy), is set to premiere Nov. 22.
The release date for the movie is exactly one year after Netflix debuted Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings, an anthology series based on Parton’s songs. One of the eight installments, “These Old Bones,” earned an Emmy nomination for outstanding TV movie earlier this year.
The It’s a Wonderful Life-esque Christmas on the Square stars Christine Baranski (The Good Fight) as Regina, a rich and nasty woman who returns to her small hometown after her father’s death to evict everyone and sell the land to a mall developer — right before Christmas. However, after listening to stories of the local townsfolk, reconnecting with an old love, and accepting the guidance of an actual angel (Parton), Regina starts to have a change of heart.
The cast also includes Jenifer Lewis (Black-ish) as Margeline, a beauty shop owner and the closest thing Regina has to a friend; Treat Williams as Carl, the owner of the town’s general store; Josh Segarra (Arrow) as a pastor who leads the town’s pushback against Regina; Jeanine Mason (Roswell, New Mexico) as Felicity, an angel in training; Mary Lane Haskell (Heartstrings) as the pastor’s wife, Jenna, a voice of calm in the town; Matthew Johnson (American Idol) as Mack, the owner of the local bar; and Selah Kimbro (Hidden Figures) Jones as Violet, Mack’s daughter.
Parton’s Sandollar Productions and Sam Haskell’s Magnolia Hill Productions produce the movie in association with Warner Bros. TV (which also produces Heartstrings). Parton, Haskell, writer Maria Schlatter and Allen are the executive producers.
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