Dolly Parton ‘Feels the Love’ After Two 2021 Emmy Nominations for ‘Christmas On the Square’

by Samantha Whidden

A celebration is in order! Country superstar Dolly Parton announced on Twitter her Netflix holiday musical film Christmas on the Square received two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Television Movie and Outstanding Choreography for Scripted Programming. 

“#ChristmasOntheSquare is up for two @TelevisionAcad #Emmy nominations! Feel the love of Christmas in July, and stream today on @netflixfamily,” Dolly wrote in the post, featuring the film’s promo pic. 

According to IMDb, Christmas On the Square follows an “embittered Scrooge” of a woman who plans to sell her small town regardless of the consequences that the town’s residents will experience. Debbie Allen directed the film and Dolly Parton, Jenifer Lewis, and Josh Segarra starred. Dolly also wrote the music and lyrics for the adorable film.

Dolly Parton Discusses Her Role In ‘Christmas On the Square’ 

During a November 2020 interview with USA Today, Dolly Parton discusses her role in Christmas On the Square. “I always wanted to write a Christmas musical,” the country songstress proclaims. “I got to act in the movie, got to sing it, and got to write all the music.”

Dolly Parton also states that she is incredibly proud of the whole movie. She shares where the concept of the film came from. “The title and the basic idea was Sam Haskell’s, who is my business partner and the executive producer,” Dolly explains. Parton and Haskell have notably done various films together. Which includes A Coat of Many Colors, Christmas of Many Colors, and Circle of Love.

“[Sam Haskell] was telling me he was going to write a book called Christmas on the Square. I said, ‘Why don’t we make that into a musical instead of a book?” Dolly says. She also expresses how grateful she was for the film. “It’s about how everybody is every little town, every community, each family, they’re struggling.”

Dolly Parton then describes the film as relatable since everyone was struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the economic issues. “So I really think it speaks to family. And it is about love and acceptance. Just drawing people into what the whole spirit of Christmas should be about.”

In regards to how she was handling the holiday season with the pandemic still raging on, Dolly says she was just kind of wanting to catch breath at the moment. She goes on to add, “Merle Haggard wrote a song [that] was called If We Make It Through Decision We’ll Be Fine, and every morning I wake up kind of singing that.”

Along with the release of Christmas On the Square, Dolly Parton announced her Christmas album, Holly Dolly Christmas, with a related CBS special. “I really felt like it was a good time to be out like that. We need a little Christmas. We need some joy. A merry, merry, merry, merry Christmas.”