The new anthology series showcases the stories, memories, and inspirations behind the country star’s most beloved songs.
Kathleen Turner, Delta Burke, Gerald McRaney, Ginnifer Goodwin, Julianne Hough, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Timothy Busfield, Mac Davis and Academy Award winner Melissa Leo are among the notables who’ll loom large in Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings, a new anthology series — inspired by the country music superstar’s most beloved songs — that will launch Nov. 22 on Netflix. Each of the eight episodes will vary in tone, from love stories and inspirational tales to family dramas, westerns, and revenge comedies. But rest assured, all of the episodes will have one thing in common: New and classic Parton tunes on the soundtrack.
Here is a guide to the eight hour-long segments:
These Old Bones
Cast: Kathleen Turner (Miss Mary Shaw, aka Old Bones), Ginnifer Goodwin (Genevieve), Kyle Bornheimer (Landon).
Synopsis: A big-city lawyer comes home to Tennessee to convince an alleged “witch” (Old Bones) to sell her land to a mining company. She wrestles with her past and the future of the town.
If I Had Wings
Cast: Gerald McRaney (Tom Freeman), Delta Burke (Ellie Holder), Ben Lawson (Clay), Michele Weaver (Phyllis), Brooke Elliott (Nancy Bridges), Tim Reid (Kendal Hooks).
Synopsis: After receiving invitations to the 70th birthday party of their decades-long estranged father, three disparate siblings converge on a Mississippi farm where they test the bonds of blood and issues of faith, all to confront the sins of their father.
Cast: Colin O’Donoghue (JJ Sneed), Willa Fitzgerald (Maddie), David Denman (Deke Fletcher), Mac Davis (Reverend Riggs), Vanessa Rubio (Cimmaron).
Synopsis: 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
Cast: Sarah Shahi (Lucy Jane), Rochelle Aytes (Scarlett), Jessica Collins (Monica), Tammy Lynn Michaels (Bitsy).
Synopsis: Two stories — one past, one present — about the power of unconditional love between a girl and her dog, and that same girl, now grown, who questions what her life means and who she can truly count on when faced with her greatest fear.
Cast: Patricia Wettig (Harper Cantrell), Timothy Busfield (Logan Cantrell), Virginia Gardner (Young Harper), Tom Brittney (Young Logan).
Synopsis: A married couple in their twilight embarks on a road trip back to the place where they first fell in love, along the way revisiting the history of their love story.
Down From Dover
Cast: Holly Taylor (Delilah “Dee” Covern), Shane McGhie (Lincoln Dollarhyde), Robert Taylor (Reverend Covern), Bellamy Young (Myrna Jorgensen), Camryn Manheim (Mrs. Grover), Mary Lane Haskell (Mrs. Cunningham).
Synopsis: After being shunned by her pious widowed father, a pregnant teenager finds support at a home for unwed mothers while yearning for the young man she loves to safely return from the Vietnam War.
Two Doors Down
Cast: Melissa Leo (Amelia Meegers), Ray McKinnon (Roy Meegers), Andy Mientus (Tyler Meegers), Katie Stevens (Lee Meegers), Michael Willett (Cole Evans).
Synopsis: 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?