Following on the heels of the phenomenal success of Dolly Parton’s TV movie, Coat of Many Colors, a sequel is now in the works. According to the Boot, Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love will follow young Dolly and the rest of the Parton family during the next chapter of her life.
“It’s no secret that everyone loves Dolly Parton, and the response to our first movie was overwhelming, both in terms of the size of the audience and outpouring of love for a film with family values and faith,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment. “So it felt like a no-brainer to bring this talented cast back together and tell another compelling holiday story culled from Dolly’s own life growing up in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Her spirit and belief in God — and her music — will infuse this movie with the true spirit of Dolly Parton.”
The sequel will center around Robert Lee Parton’s desire to buy his beloved wife, Avie Lee, the wedding ring he could never afford to give her. Dolly and the rest of the family decide to sacrifice their Christmas in order to help him raise the money. CMT shared that as the story unfolds, an unexpected blizzard blows in, delivering both joy and peril as it threatens the Parton family who live in a small, rustic cabin located in Locust Ridge, Tennessee.
Her earliest singing performances were in her grandfather’s church when she was around 6-years-old. At 7, she began playing a homemade guitar, and an uncle gave her a real guitar after she turned 8. It was during this time in young Dolly Parton’s life that someone close to her began to realize just how special her amazing voice really is. As a child, Dolly Parton often dreamt that some day she will be a star, and her gift may very well be meant for something much bigger than living a much simpler life in the Great Smoky Mountains.
Fans of the first movie will be pleased to know that many of the original cast members are returning. Alyvia Alyn Lind will reprise her role as a young and quite precocious Dolly Parton, with Jennifer Nettles and Ricky Schroder returning as Dolly Parton’s parents. Viewers fell in love with the first movie, which originally aired in December of 2015, and earned 15.9 million viewers overall. This made it the most-watched film on broadcast or cable TV in almost seven years. Hopefully, the sequel will be able to recapture that special Dolly Parton magic that made the first movie so special.
“I was so overwhelmed and touched by how many people watched Coat of Many Colors and their reaction to it,” Dolly Parton said on her website. “The song “Coat of Many Colors,” of course, has always been my favorite and has touched so many people through the years, especially me… I am so happy to share this story with the viewers and to say there is so much more to tell because mine truly has been a life of many colors. I hope the viewers will fall in love all over again.”
Coat of Many Colors director Stephen Herek has signed on again, and Pamela K. Long is writing the script. Executive producers for the movie are Long, Sam Haskell, and Dolly Parton. There is currently no air date scheduled for the NBC special.
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