On Dec. 10, 2015, NBC had a hit with “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors,” drawing over 13 million viewers in its initial airing, then adding more from DVR and from a Christmas Day repeat. Unsurprisingly, the Peacock Network swung into action to capitalize on that success with a holiday-timed sequel.
Airing Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love” brings back the original cast from the first movie, drawn from Parton’s childhood experiences in rural Tennessee.
Here’s how NBC describes it:
Last December, just in time for Christmas, the amazing Dolly Parton delighted viewers and critics alike with her deeply heartwarming tale drawn straight from her inspiring real life and music. In an all-new holiday sequel, the Partons, a family of humble means living in the mountains of Tennessee, face a devastating event that challenges their will. But when they experience a bewildering Christmas miracle, the Partons are drawn closer together than ever — with deepened faith and love for one another.
And more info, from Parade.com:
The story picks up in late 1955, where a precocious young Dolly (reprised by Alyvia Alyn Lind) lands the coveted role of Mary in the school Christmas pageant—but must play opposite a gruff, bug-eating Joseph and a spotlight-shy pal. Coupled with an unlikely friendship with a town undesirable (played by none other than Dolly Parton herself), as well as a flighty Uncle Billy (Cameron Jones) who’s adamant about helping Dolly reach her goals of stardom, the punchy and playful Dolly faces turbulent times in her Tennessee town as she comes into her own as a budding starlet.
Meanwhile, parents Avie Lee and Robert Lee (Jennifer Nettles and Ricky Schroder) struggle to finance a meager Christmas for their large family, a challenge that eventually sends Papa Parton to the tumultuous Cumberland mines before a snowstorm hits their Smoky Mountain cabin.
Expect laughs, heartache, music and — rare even for Christmas season — an overtly Christian message.
The movie also begins streaming on Hulu starting on Thursday, Dec. 1.
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