Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors
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NBC is bringing back the original cast of last year’s holiday ratings winner “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” for a sequel slated to air later this year.

“Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love” is the next chapter in the life of young Dolly Parton. The film will deliver 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.

Jennifer Nettles, Ricky Schroder, Gerald McRaney and Alyvia Alyn Lind will reprise their roles from “Coat of Many Colors.” Stephen Herek, who directed the original film, is also back to direct the sequel.

“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.

NBC had originally planned a telepic based on Parton’s popular song “Jolene” as its next film with the singer, but opted instead for the more family-friendly sequel to last year’s hit. The network will announce a premiere date for “Christmas of Many Colors” this summer.

In Live+7 results from Nielsen, 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 same-day to Live+7 are the largest ever for a primetime movie on the broadcast networks.

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