Netflix is getting us in the holiday spirit today with the trailers for the series Dash & Lily and the feature film Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square.
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From creator, showrunner and executive producer Joe Tracz, Dash & Lilly is launching on the streaming service on November 10. The eight-episode series was also executive produced by Shawn Levy and Josh Barry for 21 Laps Entertainment (Stranger Things, Unsolved Mysteries) and Nick Jonas’ Image 32.
In Dash & Lily, a whirlwind holiday romance builds as cynical Dash and optimistic Lily trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations all across New York City, finding they have more in common with each other than they would have expected.
The series is based on the young adult book series Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares from the New York Times bestselling authors Rachel Cohn and David Levithan.
The cast includes Austin Abrams, Midori Francis, Dante Brown, Troy Iwata, Keana Marie, James Saito, Jodi Long, Glenn McCuen, Michael Park, Gideon Emery, Jennifer Ikeda, and Diego Guevara.
With the debut of the trailer, Joe Tracz also released the following statement: “When I read Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, it felt like New York. It wasn’t just the specificity of the locations (which inspired a pledge in our first script: “We’re gonna be sticklers for New York geography”). It was the way the book captured the spirit of the city – the sense of possibility tinged with loneliness, and the way they both seem to magnify around the holidays.
“We shot Dash & Lily on location in the fall and winter of 2019, filming in so many of my favorite places, with no idea how different the city would look by the time we came out. I miss that New York, but I’m grateful to be sharing this story with the world right now.
“Our series is a romantic comedy that (like Lily) is unapologetically hopeful, while (like Dash) acknowledging that it’s not always easy to believe. When Dash finds a hidden notebook with a dare from Lily on a bookstore shelf, it pushes both of them outside their bubbles to see the world from someone else’s point of view. And when they do, they fall in love.
“Like Lily, I’ve always been a believer in love, and in the power of love stories to inspire and uplift. I hope, this season, Dash & Lily can do that for you. So please, warm some cocoa, put on your coziest sweater, and come to New York for the holidays… if only in your dreams.
“Thanks for watching, Joe Tracz.”
Coming to Netflix on November 22, Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square is produced by Magnolia Hill Productions and Sandollar Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television for Netflix.
The executive producers include Sam Haskell, writer Maria S. Schlatter, Debbie Allen, and Dolly Parton.
A rich and nasty woman, Regina Fuller, returns to her small hometown after her father’s death to evict everyone and sell the land to a mall developer – right before Christmas.
However, after listening to stories of the local townsfolk, reconnecting with an old love, and accepting the guidance of an actual angel, Regina starts to have a change of heart. This is the story about family, love, and how a small town’s Christmas spirit can warm even the coldest of hearts.
The film stars Dolly Parton, Christine Baranski, Jenifer Lewis, and Treat Williams. It was directed and choreographed by three-time Emmy and Golden Globe winner Debbie Allen.
The movie features 14 original songs with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton.