FIRST LOOK at Dolly’s Netflix series Heartstrings (premiering Nov. 22)

Heartstrings - Jolene
Courtesy of Netflix

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Get your tissue box ready – “Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings” is coming to Netflix.

According to the website, this Netflix original anthology series will feature “eight stories celebrating family, faith, love and forgiveness” and is inspired by Dolly Parton’s iconic country music catalog, with each episode revolving around one of her famous songs, including the premiere episode “Jolene” with Julianne Hough playing the lead.

Dolly will also appear on camera in the series in addition to being the singer/songwriter and executive producer. She also makes several appearances throughout the series both in character and as herself introducing each episode.

Dollywood shut down for a day to host the red-carpet star-studded premiere event for Heartstrings last week, giving celebrities, executives, 150 Dollywood employees and 500 fans the opportunity to preview the series before it hits the “small screen”.

Episodes will center around the following titles: “Jolene”, “These Old Bones”, JJ Sneed”, “If I Had Wings”, “Cracker Jack”, “Sugar Hill”, “Down from Dover” and “Two Doors Down”. 

The Episodes

Hollywood Reporter has provided a plot summary of each episode: 

Heartstrings - Jolene
“Jolene”  (Courtesy of Netflix)

“Jolene”: The title character (Julianne Hough), a flirtatious free spirit, wants to escape her hometown of Coventry, Georgia, and become a singer-songwriter. The cast also includes Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Dallas Roberts and Parton.

“These Old Bones”: In the 1940s, a determined young lawyer returns to her Smoky Mountain hometown to prove herself professionally when a mysterious mountain woman (Kathleen Turner), believed by some locals to be a fortune teller, threatens a lumber company’s business. Ginnifer Goodwin and Kyle Bornheimer also star. Written by Jim Strain; directed by Joe Lazarov. 

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“JJ Sneed” (Courtesy of Netflix) 

“J.J. Sneed”: In the 1880s, a feisty young woman trapped in a mundane existence dreams of more, until a seductive outlaw pulls her into the adventure of a lifetime. Starring Colin O’Donoghue, Willa Fitzgerald, David Denman, Mac Davis and Vanessa Rubio; written by Strain and directed by Terry McDonough.

“If I Had Wings”: After receiving invitations to their long estranged father’s (Gerald McRaney) 70th birthday, three siblings (Ben Lawson, Brooke Elliott and Michele Weaver) converge on a Mississippi farm, where they test the bonds of blood and issues of faith, all to confront the sins of their father. Also starring Delta Burke and Tim Reid; written by Strain and directed by Timothy Busfield.

“Cracker Jack”: Two stories — one past, one present — about the power of unconditional love between a girl and her dog. That same girl, now grown, questions what her life means and who she can truly count on when faced with her greatest fear. Starring Sarah Shahi, Rochelle Aytes, Jessica Collins and Tammy Lynn Michaels; written by Lisa Melamed and directed by Liesl Tommy.

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“Sugar Hill” (Courtesy of Netflix)

“Sugar Hill”: A married couple (former thirtysomething co-stars Timothy Busfield and Patricia Wettig) in their twilight embark on a road trip back to the place where they first fell in love, revisiting the history of their love story along the way. Also starring Virginia Gardner and Tom Brittney; written by Thomas Ian Griffith and Mary Page Keller and directed by Lev L. Spiro.

“Down From Dover”: After being shunned by her pious widowed father, a pregnant teenager finds support at a home for unwed mothers, where she hopes for the safe return of the young man she loves from the Vietnam War. Starring Holly Taylor, Shane McGhie, Robert Taylor, Bellamy Young, Camryn Manheim and Mary Lane Haskell; written by John Sacret Young and directed by Erica Dunton.

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“2 Doors Down” (Courtesy of Netflix) 

“Two Doors Down”: A family’s lifetime of secrets come bursting out during a chaotic and comedic New Year’s Eve wedding weekend. Will they make it to witness the “I do”s without killing one another? Starring Melissa Leo, Ray McKinnon, Andy Mientus, Katie Stevens and Michael Willett; written by Mark B. Perry and directed by Wendey Stanzler.

“Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings” is set to debut on Netflix Friday, November 22nd.

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