On Sunday, April 12 and Monday, April 13, A&E is debuting a two-night slate of new programming that showcases some of country music’s legendary performers, including Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson, and Merle Haggard. The first of A&E’s four specials, Biography: Dolly airs Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
If you don’t have cable, you can stream A&E and watch Biography: Dolly live or on-demand on your computer, phone, Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV or other streaming device via one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming subscription services:
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A&E is included in Philo’s main 59-channel bundle, which is the cheapest among all streaming services if you plan on keeping it long-term. It also comes with a free seven-day trial:
Once signed up for Philo, you can then watch Biography: Dolly live on your computer via the Philo website, or on your phone (iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV or or other supported device via the Philo app.
If you can’t watch live, Philo also allows you to DVR programs and watch them up to 30 days later. And even if you forget to DVR something, Philo also comes with a 72-hour rewind feature, which allows you to replay shows that have aired in the last three days.
Sling TV’s “Sling Blue” package comes with 47 channels, including A&E. Moreover, as a special offer through April 12 (midnight MT), you can get a 7-day free trial and don’t need a credit card (only an email address) to sign up:
Once signed up for Sling TV, you can watch Biography: Dolly live on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, or other streaming device via the Sling TV app.
If you can’t watch live, Sling TV comes included with 10 hours of cloud DVR.
A&E is one of 95-plus live TV channels included in the main FuboTV bundle, which comes with a free seven-day trial:
Once signed up for FuboTV, you can then watch Biography: Dolly live on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast or other supported device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours), as well as a “72-Hour Lookback” feature, which allows you to watch most shows up to three days after they air (and sometimes longer) even if you don’t record them.
‘Biography: Dolly’ Preview
This new two-hour-long documentary will explore the life and five-decade career of Dolly Parton, a songwriter and performer who has inspired generations of artists and had dozens of hits.
According to A&E’s press release, the program “traces Dolly Parton’s extraordinary journey from her childhood spent in poverty and early days in Nashville to her multiple hit songs and recent 50th-anniversary celebration at The Grand Ole Opry. Reflecting on the acute social commentary and personal stories within her lyrics, the documentary examines hit songs including “Jolene,” “9 to 5,” and “I Will Always Love You.” Featuring exclusive interviews with Dolly herself, the documentary reveals the bold and fearless woman behind the rhinestones and wigs who has moved seamlessly with the times to inspire generations.”
Other interviews included in the documentary are Parton’s 9 to 5 co-stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, Chris Stapleton, Kylie Minogue, and other friends and family from her life and career.
In the preview video, Parton talks about how she always “wanted to be seen,” “wanted to be a star.” She also says that while she knows she “may look artificial,” she’s “totally real inside” and her friend Jane Fonda adds, “You underestimate Dolly at your peril.”
Collaborator Linda Perry adds, “She’s a master at how to be a woman and succeed in this business.”
In a second preview, Parton talks about her famous hit “Jolene,” downplaying how smart it is despite its simplicity — “It’s not like I’m a genius or nothin’.”
But Perry says of the song, “There’s a few things going on. One, that riff instantly is the hook, but, oh wait a minute, there’s a whole other hook because right when you hear that riff, you go right into, ‘Jolene, Jolene.’ The arrangement — and in that time, you’re not used to hearing the chorus start off the song and then is that the verse, is that a pre-chorus, I’m confused, what’s going on here, but it doesn’t matter because every single part is hooking. And then forget about all that, put the story in there — Jolene, just that name is amazing.”
Biography: Dolly Parton premieres Sunday, April 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on A&E.