Heartwarming Story of Country Legend Singer’s Young Life
Continues With Original Cast


UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (May 11, 2016)
– Coming off the phenomenal performance of last year’s holiday special
and looking to recapture the enthusiasm of the nearly 16 million viewers
who tuned in, NBC is announcing the sequel “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of
Many Colors: Circle of Love.”

“Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love” is the next
chapter in the life of young Dolly Parton. The film delivers Christmas
joy and peril as an unexpected blizzard threatens the Parton family,
while at the same time Dolly’s father (and his kids) make sacrifices to
raise enough money to finally buy his loving wife the wedding ring he
could never afford to give her. Meanwhile, an important person in little
Dolly’s life begins to see that her amazing voice and musical gift
might just be made for something bigger than rural Tennessee.

The original cast will return for the sequel: Jennifer Nettles as
Avie Lee Parton, Ricky Schroder as Robert Lee Parton, Gerald McRaney as
Rev. Jake Owens and Alyvia Alyn Lind as young Dolly Parton. Other
members of the cast, as well as a premiere date, will be announced in
the coming months.

Stephen Herek, who directed the original film, is also back to direct the 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,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, 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

“I was so overwhelmed and touched by how many people watched ‘Coat of
Many Colors’ and their reaction to it,” Parton said. “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.”

In L+7 results from Nielsen Media Research, the Dec. 10 telecast of
“Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” generated a 2.45 rating in adults
18-49 and 15.9 million viewers overall, making it the most-watched film
on broadcast or cable in nearly seven years. The film’s increases from
live plus same day to L+7 Nielsens are the largest L+7 time-shifted
increase ever for a primetime movie on the broadcast networks.

“Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love” is written
by Pamela K. Long. She executive produces with Sam Haskell and Dolly
Parton. The film is a production of Magnolia Hill Entertainment and
Dixie Pixie Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

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