Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love is coming to NBC this November. The movie is the sequel to last year’s successful film Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors, which was inspired by Parton’s family experiences. NBC announced in a press release that the sequel would return with the same, original cast and director. Social media buzz about the made-for-television movies is stirring excitement.
The first movie saw 15.9 million viewers and audiences took to social media to share their emotional response. Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors was so successful, it launched country music artist’s Jennifer Nettles’ acting career and prompted Parton to write a children’s book. It is expected that Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love will be equally successful. The movie airs on NBC on November 30 at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT. You may watch the official Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love trailer in the video above.
As a singer/songwriter, Dolly Parton has numerous awards, fans and a comprehensive discography. One might question how many of Dolly’s classic and new songs should be turned into family-friendly movies. Dolly Parton described the meaning behind “Coat of Many Colors” in a statement.
“I was so overwhelmed and touched by how many people watched Coat of Many Colors and their reaction to it. The song ‘Coat of Many Colors,’ of course, has always been my favorite and has touched so many people through the years, especially me. It is a true story from a very special time in my childhood. 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.”
Dolly Parton was born on Jan. 19, 1946, and is the fourth of 12 children. She grew up in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and was raised in a Pentecostal family. While she describes her early childhood as one of hardship and poverty, she also describes the strong bond of love each family member had. This type of family bond not only expresses the sentiment of Christmas, but was brilliantly displayed in the first movie Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors. To call the film heartwarming would be an understatement.
Dolly Parton responded in kind to those who expressed how the movie touched them through her various social media networks. At this time, it’s unknown whether Dolly Parton will follow suit and engage online with viewers who watch the sequel Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love. You may follow Dolly Parton on her official social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Dolly Parton and Jennifer Nettles held a press conference regarding the upcoming movie and answered press questions. During the press conference, Dolly Parton confirmed that the stories that each movie focuses on were based on real experiences that happened to her and her family. You may watch that video below.
NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt released a statement regarding Dolly Parton and the success of the first film and decision to return this year with a sequel.
“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. 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.”
In honor of the movie, 4-H is running a contest. Two lucky winners will be flown to the red-carpet premiere party of Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love at Dollywood, located at Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
The cast features Ricky Schroder in the role of Dolly Parton’s father, Robert Lee Parton, Jennifer Nettles as Avie Lee Parton, Dolly Parton’s mother, Gerald McRaney as Rev. Jake Owens, Dolly Parton’s grandfather, and Alyvia Alyn Lind who reprises her role as young Dolly Parton.
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