×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Disney Star Kelli Berglund Joins NBC’s ‘Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Disney starlet Kelli Berglund has joined the cast of NBC’s next Dolly Parton event, “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The sequel to last year’s holiday ratings smash “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” heads into production this July and is slated to air last this year.

Berglund — who starred in Disney XD’s “Lab Rats” for four seasons and currently stars in the network’s spinoff series “Lab Rats Elite Force” — joins the original cast Jennifer Nettles, Ricky Schroder, Gerald McRaney and Alyvia Alyn Lind, who are all reprising their roles from “Coat of Many Colors.”

Berglund will play Willadeene Parton, the oldest child of the family. Described as wise beyond her years, she has left school to help her Mama raise the ever-increasing brood of Parton children. She’s devoted her life to her mother and siblings, but she’s still a daddy’s girl at heart. Willadeene is very maternal, nurturing, and is her Mama’s and Dolly’s “Angel on Earth.”

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

Stephen Herek, who directed the original film, will direct the sequel, which is written by Pamela K. Long who will exec produce with Sam Haskell and Parton. The film is produced by Magnolia Hill Entertainment and Dixie Pixie Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Last year, the first Dolly Parton NBC flick, “Coat of Many Colors,” brought in nearly 16 million viewers, becoming the most-watched film on broadcast or cable in nearly seven years.

Aside from the “Lab Rats” franchise, Berglund also starred in the Disney Channel Original Movie “How to Build A Better Boy.” Her credits also include Disney’s “Kickin’ It,” “Mighty Med,” and the recently-released Marvista Entertainment film “Raising the Bar.”

Berglund is repped by UTA, Industry Entertainment and attorneys Eric Brooks and Greg Slewett.

 

More TV

  • Mj Rodriguez, Nico Santos to Announce

    Mj Rodriguez, Nico Santos to Announce GLAAD Media Award Nominations

    Mj Rodriguez and Nico Santos are set to announce the nominees for the 30th annual GLAAD Media Awards. The “Pose” star and “Crazy Rich Asians” funny man will make the announcement during a live-stream from the AT&T Hello Lounge at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday, Jan. 25. “The images and stories recognized by the [...]

  • Naomi Watts

    Naomi Watts to Star in Jason Blum-Produced Quibi Series 'Wolves and Villagers' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Naomi Watts has been cast in the lead role in the upcoming Quibi series “Wolves and Villagers,” Variety has learned exclusively. The exact plot of the short-form series is being kept under wraps, but Quibi co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg has previously described the show as “Fatal Attraction 2.0.” Jason Blum is executive producing the series, with [...]

  • HBO's 'Breslin And Hamill' Documentary Drops

    HBO's 'Breslin And Hamill' Documentary Drops Trailer

    “Revolutionary,” “superstars,” “the voice of true New Yorkers” — that’s how Spike Lee and other influential figures describe journalists Jimmy Breslin and Pete Hamill in the trailer released for HBO’s “Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists” documentary. The film, which premieres Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, follows the two newspaper columnists whose dedication and wit [...]

  • Riverdale Chapter Twenty-Six

    TV News Roundup: 'Riverdale' Sets 'Heathers' Musical Episode

    In Thursday’s roundup, “Riverdale” is set to tackle “Heathers: The Musical,” and Freeform has announced its second annual summit. DATES  The musical episode of the CW’s “Riverdale,” featuring nine songs, will air Wednesday, March 20 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. On the show, Riverdale High School takes on “Heathers: The Musical,” with queen bees Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch), [...]

  • The Bone Collector

    NBC Orders 'Bone Collector' Drama Pilot 'Lincoln'

    NBC has ordered the drama pilot “Lincoln,” formerly known as “The Bone Collector.” Based on the internationally bestselling book series, “Lincoln” follows legendary forensic criminologist Lincoln Rhyme, who was seriously injured during his hunt for the diabolic serial killer known as the Bone Collector. Called back into action when the killer re-emerges, Lincoln forms a [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content