Hello, Dolly!

Dolly Parton may be one of the most lovable country music stars ever.  I’ve yet to meet anyone who doesn’t like her as a person and humanitarian, even if they don’t care for her music or movies. I went to college in Knoxville, Tennessee, where it is impossible not to be fan, as she grew up in nearby Sevierville and people are pretty proud to be from her hometown.  (Also, it’s basically a requirement to go to Dollywood at least once, and I can tell you from experience that it’s delightful.) I personally love several of her songs and adore her in 9 to 5 and Steel Magnolias, so I’m excited to see the TV-movie musical about her early childhood tonight on NBC. (I had no idea she was discovered at 10-years-old!) She performed her autobiographical song on The Voice the other night, so if you missed it you can see it here.

On another note, the Golden Globe nominations were announced today. Here’s the complete list of nominees for 2016. First impressions:

-Sicario was snubbed for Best Picture-Drama, as was Emily Blunt for Best Actress-Drama. It was possibly the best film I saw this year, and she was magnificent in it.

Joy as a comedy is a big stretch, in my opinion.

-Alicia Vikander is definitely having a good year.  I really enjoyed her in The Man From U.N.C.L.E., also.

-I’m thrilled to see Outlander get a nom for Best TV series, along with noms for Caitriona Balfe and Tobias Menzies! The first season was an excellent adaptation from the daunting, 850 page novel. The only thing that would’ve made it sweeter is a nom for Sam Heughan, who had one of the toughest scenes on television this year.

Flesh & Bone is considered a mini-series??

-Also happy to see Gina Rodriguez nominated again for Best Actress – TV Comedy!

-Rob Lowe for The Grinder is a big surprise for me–I think Fred Savage is the stand-out on that series and making a hell of a comeback with acting. (He’s been a successful director for years.)

I’ll get into predictions and such as we get closer to the show, currently set for January 10, 2016 at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT live on NBC.

TV Tonight:

Michael Buble’s Christmas in Hollywood – NBC 8/7c – Featuring Celine Dion, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, and more.

Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors – NBC 9/8c – Jennifer Nettles and Ricky Schroder!

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – ABC Family 8:45/7:45c – “Can’t see the line, can you Russ?” This one’s a tradition in our house.

Miracle on 34th Street – AMC 7/6c & 9:15/8:15c – This is the original 1947 version with Maureen O’Hara. It seems like I’ve never been able to get very far in this one, but I’ll try again this year–when it’s a “classic” you have to try, right?!

Best Christmas Party Ever (2014) – Hallmark 6/5c – (Torrey DeVitto, Steve Lund)

Just in Time for Christmas (2015) – Hallmark 8/7c – (Eloise Mumford, Michael Stahl-David) You may know Eloise Mumford from another adorable 2012 Hallmark movie about three uncles caring for their 6-year-old niece, Christmas with Holly.

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