Following the success of Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors, which was seen by nearly 16 million viewers in December 2015, NBC will broadcast a sequel entitled Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love on a date to be announced.
The sequel, according to NBC, “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, including 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. Stephen Herek will again direct. Other cast members will be announced at a later date.
“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, in a statement. “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.”
“I was so overwhelmed and touched by how many people watched Coat of Many Colors and their reaction to it,” Parton added. “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’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love is written by Pamela K. Long. She executive produces with Sam Haskell and Parton. The film is a production of Magnolia Hill Entertainment and Dixie Pixie Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Best known as a country music singer-songwriter, Parton composed the score for the Broadway musical 9 to 5, based on the acclaimed film of the same name.