Picks and Pans Review: Kenny & Dolly: a Christmas to Remember
CBS (Sunday, Dec. 2, 8 p.m. ET)
Imagine it: Dolly Parton in a satiny, red-and-white, furry Santa Claus suit. No, it's impossible to imagine. You have to see it with your own eyes. Dolly, the sweetheart of the song world, teams up with a stiffer, cooler Kenny Rogers in this Christmas special, which has already spawned an album. In every Xmas special the stars have to figure out something to do between songs—and, for that matter, during them. It's always awkward. Kenny & Dolly is filled with self-conscious video-verité footage about the making of the special within the special: At the end, a crew member greets Rogers on the set and gushes, "Kenny! Pleasure working with you! You were great!" Love ya, Kenny, let's do lunch, how's the wife and millions? During the songs, video king Bob Giraldi directs some unusual segments, like Dolly entertaining the USO during WW II while Kenny looks all too dapper in his flier's jacket. But forget the filler. The songs are what count. Some standards—including White Christmas and Silent Night—and five Dolly originals for the season make this into a delightful little hour.
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