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Hallmark Channel Announces “Christmas At Dollywood,” Starring Danica McKellar

Published July 12, 2019 / Last Updated July 12, 2019

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Production to begin on Hallmark Channel’s “Christmas At Dollywood,” Starring Danica McKellar with a special appearance by Country Music legend and American Treasure, Dolly Parton

A Must-See Film, In a Must-See Place, Just in Time for Hallmark Channel’s Ratings-Winning 10th Anniversary of COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS

Hallmark Channel announces Danica McKellar, is set as the lead of the World Premiere Original Movie, “Christmas At Dollywood,” premiering in December as part of the network’s 10th Anniversary salute to its #1-rated COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS program event. Making a special appearance in the film is Dollywood’s beloved namesake, country music legend and American treasure, Dolly Parton. The film commences principal photography at the theme park in November.

In “Christmas At Dollywood,” Rachel Lewis (McKellar) is a single mom and award-winning Broadway producer who learns investors have mismanaged her latest theatrical – a holiday extravaganza – into bankruptcy, forcing the show to close before it opens. Rachel is dismayed, but not for long, as her friend calls from Tennessee to let her know there is an opportunity for a seasoned pro to produce a show for the 20th anniversary of the award-winning Smoky Mountain Christmas festival at Dollywood. One caveat, Rachel learns this is a co-production with Luke Hakman, entertainment director for Dollywood.

Luke is a long-time Dollywood employee who sees the holiday show as key to him becoming the park’s next GM. With nine-year-old daughter Amy in tow, Rachel leaves New York City to return to her Appalachian mountain roots. Every night as Rachel tucks Amy into bed, she tells the child a new ADVENTURES OF AMY story, a collection of personal mother-daughter bedtime stories Rachel hopes to author someday. One night, Rachel tells Amy about a little girl following Santa Claus on his route. Using the stars as her guide, fantasy Amy travels with Santa to the Northern Lights. Rachel tells her child the lights are so magical and beautiful that Amy can always look to the night sky to find her way home. Is this an idea for the new Dollywood show? Rachel thinks so, though she will have to convince a skeptical Luke who has his own vision of success. As the pair meets in the middle to please the boss, little do Rachel and Luke realize love lurks in all the unexpected places because this isn’t the Great White Way. Or Hollywood. This is Dollywood!

“Dolly Parton is a bright light who is rich in spirit, kindness, and love. ‘Christmas At Dollywood’ features Danica McKellar in a story about finding love and new beginnings in the most familiar place — home. A holiday movie set in a winter wonderland like Dollywood exemplifies the quality of the talent, storytelling, and filmmaking that has made COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS the #1 program event on television for ten years,” said Michelle Vicary, Executive Vice President, Programming & Publicity, Crown Media Family Networks.

Danica McKellar and Dolly Parton share a special connection to children’s literacy: both are successful authors and two of Danica’s books can be found in Dolly’s world-renowned Imagination Library.

“Christmas At Dollywood” is written by Nina Weinman. Executive Producers are Alan Ett and Bruce Hendricks.

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Dolly Parton Releases “Girl In The Movies” And The Music Video For “Here I Am”

Published November 2, 2018 / Last Updated November 6, 2018

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Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

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Creative Director - Sarah Chapman

Double Release From Dolly Parton With “Girl In The Movies” And The Music Video For “Here I Am,” Her Acclaimed Collaboration With Sia, From The Dumplin’ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Pre-order the Soundtrack Now and Instantly Receive “Girl In The Movies” and Previously Released “Here I Am”

Music fans can pre-order now the highly anticipated Dumplin’ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and instantly receive Dolly Parton’s “Girl In The Movies” and her previously-released collaboration with Sia, “Here I Am.” The soundtrack, which features Parton on every song, releases Nov. 30, and “Dumplin’” will premiere in select theaters and on Netflix on Dec. 7.

Pre-Order Dumplin’ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

In addition to retail pre-orders, fans will have access to limited edition Dumplin’ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack merchandise bundle offerings. From The Girl In The Movies Tiara to t-shirts and coffee mugs, plus a limited run of Dolly autographed album covers, fans can explore the full D2C store online.

Highlighting exceptional guests including Sia, Elle King, Mavis Staples, Miranda Lambert, Willa Amai, Rhonda Vincent, Alison Krauss, Macy Gray, and DOROTHY, as well as cameos by “Dumplin’” stars Danielle Macdonald and Jennifer Aniston, the project was produced by GRAMMY nominee Linda Perry, who co-wrote six songs with Parton.

One of those co-writes, “The Girl In The Movies,” has already garnered a nomination for Best Original Song from a Feature Film by the Hollywood Music In Media Awards. Media attention is swirling leading into awards season with Entertainment Weekly proclaiming “‘an empowering anthem” and Vanity Fair opining “one thing is clear, Oscar season will be a lot more joyous with [Parton] in it.”

The music video for Dolly Parton’s “Here I Am” featuring Sia is available to stream. Upon this track’s release in September, it quickly hit No. 1 on iTunes Country Songs and Top 10 all-genre chart.

About The “Dumplin'” Film

Netflix recently released the key art for “Dumplin’.” Dumplin’ (Macdonald) is the teenage daughter of a former beauty queen (Aniston), who signs up for her mom’s pageant as a protest that escalates when other contestants follow her footsteps, revolutionizing the pageant and their small Texas town. The film stars Macdonald (Bird Box, Patti Cake$) and Aniston (Upcoming Murder Mystery, Horrible Bosses, Marley and Me), in addition to Odeya Rush (Lady Bird, Goosebumps), Dove Cameron (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Liv and Maddie, Descendants), and Harold Perrineau (Claws, Lost). It is directed by Anne Fletcher (The Proposal, 27 Dresses).

Screenwriter Kristin Hahn wrote the adaptation of Julie Murphy’s No. 1 New York Times bestselling novel of the same name. Producers include A Cota Films and 50 Degrees Entertainment Presentation – Michael Costigan (American Gangster, A Bigger Splash, Brokeback Mountain, Ghost in the Shell), Hahn (The Switch, Cake), Mohamed AlRafi (Above Suspicion, Lying and Stealing), and Trish Hofmann (Gringo, Get On Up). Executive producers are Aniston and Danny Nozell.

DUMPLIN’ ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK Track Listing

  1. Here I Am (Dolly Parton & Sia)*
  2. Holdin’ On To You (Dolly Parton & Elle King)*
  3. Girl in the Movies**
  4. Red Shoes**
  5. Why (Dolly Parton & Mavis Staples)*
  6. Dumb Blonde (Dolly Parton & Miranda Lambert)+
  7. Here You Come Again (Dolly Parton & Willa Amai)^
  8. Who**
  9. Push & Pull (Jennifer Aniston & Danielle Macdonald)**
  10. If We Don’t (Dolly Parton & Rhonda Vincent with Alison Krauss)**
  11. Two Doors Down (Dolly Parton & Macy Gray with DOROTHY)*
  12. Jolene (New String Version)*

Songwriters: *Dolly Parton, **Dolly Parton/Linda Perry, +Curly Putman, ^Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil
NOTE: Additional original catalog songs and catalog remixes as featured in the film from Parton will be available as part of the streaming version of the album.

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Netflix Acquires Dumplin’

Published September 12, 2018 / Last Updated September 12, 2018

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Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

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Creative Director - Sarah Chapman

Netflix has acquired the film “Dumplin’,” which features collaborations and original music from entertainment industry icon Dolly Parton.

“Dumplin’” is the story of the plus-size, teenage daughter of a former beauty queen, who signs up for her mom’s pageant as a protest that escalates when other contestants follow her footsteps, revolutionizing the pageant and their small Texas town.

Parton, who is an acclaimed songwriter/storyteller and one of the most honored female country performers of all time, contributed newly-recorded collaborations of some of her most popular songs in addition to six new original compositions co-written by Parton and Grammy nominee Linda Perry. Produced by Perry and Executive Produced by Parton, the soundtrack will be released worldwide on Nov. 30 on Dolly Records/RCA Nashville (Sony Music).

The soundtrack’s partial list of exceptional guest vocalists includes Sia, Miranda Lambert, Mavis Staples, Elle King, Alison Krauss, Rhonda Vincent, Danielle Macdonald, and Jennifer Aniston.

“Here I Am”

The debut track from Dumplin’ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is “Here I Am” performed by Parton and Sia. The song will be available for download and streaming on Sept. 14. This self-penned song was originally recorded by Parton and included on her Coat of Many Colors album (October 1971). This brand-new recording of “Here I Am” captures Parton and Sia’s striking vocal re-imagination of this classic album cut.

“Dumplin’” Cast

“Dumplin’” stars MacDonald (Bird Box, Patti Cake$) and Aniston (Upcoming Murder Mystery, Horrible Bosses, Marley and Me), in addition to Odeya Rush (Lady Bird, Goosebumps), Dove Cameron (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Liv and Maddie, Descendants), and Harold Perrineau (Claws, Lost). “Dumplin’” is directed by Anne Fletcher (The Proposal, 27 Dresses).

Screenwriter Kristin Hahn wrote the adaptation of Julie Murphy’s No. 1 New York Times bestselling novel of the same name. Producers include A Cota Films and 50 Degrees Entertainment Presentation – Michael Costigan (American Gangster, A Bigger Splash, Brokeback Mountain, Ghost in the Shell), Hahn (The Switch, Cake), Mohamed AlRafi (Above Suspicion, Lying and Stealing), and Trish Hofmann (Gringo, Get On Up). Executive producers are Aniston and Danny Nozell.

The film will be released later this year on Netflix in the U.S. and select international territories, and in select theaters in the U.S.

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Dolly Parton On Sprout’s “Lily’s Driftwood Bay”

Published March 10, 2017 / Last Updated March 13, 2017

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Dolly Parton guest stars on a special episode of “Lily’s Driftwood Bay”

On March 13, preschoolers are in for a surprise when Dolly Parton guest stars on “Lily’s Driftwood Bay.”

Noleen is a famous singing chicken. Her luxury yacht gets beached on Driftwood Bay during a storm. Noleen’s arrival is a big surprise to her greatest – and rather star struck fan, Lord Stag (Stephen Fry). An impromptu concert sees old sea dog Salty (Peter Mullan) duet with Noleen. As a result, Noleen’s astonished by his talent and tries to persuade him to go on tour with her. Will Noleen convince Salty to give up the sights and sounds of Driftwood Bay for an international singing career? Viewers of all ages will have to watch and see.

The special double-length episode featuring Dolly as Noleen airs on Monday, March 13 at 9 am EST on Sprout. In addition, the episode will premiere in the United Kingdom on Nick Jr on May 12.

About The Show

Sixteen South’s “Lily’s Driftwood Bay” is a preschool mixed-media animated show. It stars five-year-old Lily who lives in a beach hut with her Dad. Every day, the sea washes up a curious new treasure. These treasures spark Lily’s imagination about what might be happening across the way on Driftwood Bay.

Common themes include intergenerational relationships and the idea of community in a non-family environment. The series’ unique look is completely created from things that have been found washed up on the beach. It encourages kids to make good use of the things that we otherwise throw away.

The show mirrors society and isn’t afraid to tackle difficult storylines – telling stories of hope in our challenging times. The series has won over a dozen international awards including the Prix Jeunesse, Royal Television Society and British Animation Award.

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Watch: Alyvia Alyn Lind Returns As Little Dolly Parton

Published November 21, 2016 / Last Updated November 21, 2016

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Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

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Creative Director - Sarah Chapman

After capturing the hearts of viewers in last year’s record-breaking hit, Alyvia Alyn Lind returns as Little Dolly Parton.

From the opening scene of “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors,” Alyvia Alyn known, to her co-stars as “Ally,” grabbed the audience’s attention as she donned her “make-up” in the barn and hurried off for her Sunday performance at her Grandfather’s church. From that moment forward Alyvia shined as young Dolly Parton destined for stardom.

Alyvia returns as Little Dolly in the all-new holiday sequel “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love.” She has kindly taken a few moments to share a few stories with her fans about her most memorable gift, how playing Dolly has impacted her career and her Christmas wish for everyone this holiday season.

See more cast interviews and tune in Wednesday, November 30 at 9/8c on NBC to watch Alyvia Alyn Lind as Dolly Parton in “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love.”

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