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“Dolly Parton’s Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love” Nominated For Emmy Award

Published July 14, 2017 / Last Updated July 14, 2017
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“Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle Of Love” receives Emmy nomination for Outstanding Television Movie!

On July 13, the Television Academy announced nominations for the 69th Emmy® Awards. Television Academy Chairman and CEO Hayma Washington along with Anna Chlumsky from the HBO series “Veep” and Shemar Moore from CBS’ “S.W.A.T.” hosted the ceremony. “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle Of Love” is among those recognized by the organization. This second installment of Dolly’s four-movie deal with NBC is nominated for Outstanding Television Movie. Dolly said,

“I am so very proud and excited to have ‘Christmas of Many Colors’ be nominated for an Emmy award. Special thanks to my partner and executive producer Sam Haskell, a wonderful cast and crew, Steve Herek (our producer) and Pamela Long for a great script. And a special thanks to all of the many fans that watched it.”

In the two-hour movie, the Partons, a family of humble means living in the mountains of East Tennessee, face a devastating event, challenging 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. Jennifer Nettles, who plays Dolly’s mother in the film, said,

“This project for me was a celebration of the family and the beautiful story of Miss Dolly Parton. Each day I played Avie Lee Parton was a joy. For “Christmas of Many Colors” to be nominated and celebrated further by the Emmy’s, thrills me.”

Live Telecast

The 69th Emmy Awards will telecast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, CA. Watch on Sunday, September 17 (8:00-11:00 PM ET/5:00-8:00 PM PT) on CBS. Stephen Colbert will serve as host. White Cherry Entertainment will produce the 69th Emmy Awards. Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner are executive producers. Weiss is the director. And Chris Licht, executive producer of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, is a producer.

Outstanding Television Movie Nominees

Here is a list of works nominated alongside “Christmas of Many Colors.”

  • Black Mirror: San Junipero • Netflix • House of Tomorrow
  • Dolly Parton’s Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love • NBC • Dixie Pixie Productions, Magnolia Hill Productions, Warner Bros. Television
  • The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks • HBO • HBO Films in association with Your Face Goes Here Entertainment and Harpo Films
  • Sherlock: The Lying Detective (Masterpiece) • PBS • Hartswood Films in co-production with Masterpiece
  • The Wizard Of Lies • HBO • HBO Films in association with Tribeca Productions and Levinson/Fontana Productions

See a full list of Emmy nominees

About “Christmas of Many Colors”

Alyvia Alyn Lind, Jennifer Nettles, Ricky Schroder, and Gerald McCraney co-starred in the holiday movie. The film aired on NBC, with Dolly Parton making a special guest appearance. In addition to the Emmy nomination, “Christmas of Many Colors” earned the Movieguide® Epiphany Prize. The family-focused film also received honors at the 68th Annual Christopher Awards.

Past Nominations

This nomination marks Dolly’s second Emmy nod. She received her first in 1978. Her appearance on the one-time television special “Cher…Special” earned Dolly a nomination for Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in Variety or Music.

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WATCH: Gold Derby Interview With Dolly Parton About NBC Films

Published June 14, 2017 / Last Updated June 14, 2017
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Dolly Parton recalls her emotions when watching herself portrayed on screen by Alyvia Alyn Lind in an interview with Gold Derby!

In an interview with Gold Derby’s Chris Beachum, Dolly Parton talks about how she was moved to tears by “Christmas of Many Colors.” She shares her emotional reaction to both NBC movies based on her life.

Shortly before the premiere of the first film, Dolly joined her sister Stella Parton for a private screening. Dolly recalled the overwhelming feelings of nostalgia. She remembers saying,

“How amazing is this to be here holding hands as sisters like when we were little kids, and somebody in the movies playing us… It was very, very moving. Very touching.”

“Coat of Many Colors” (2015) and “Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love” (2016) were both ratings smashes for NBC. The cast of stars including Ricky Schroder (Lee Parton), Jennifer Nettles (Avie Lee Parton), Gerald McRaney (Rev. Jake Owens) and Alyvia Alyn Lind (Little Dolly) all delivered moving performances in both films.

Gold Derby reports the network plans repeat airings for many years to come. In addition, the first two films were part of a four movie deal between Dolly and NBC. “Jolene” is said to be the subject of the next release. Unlike the first two, the next film will be based on Dolly’s song rather than her life and will veer from the faith-based, family focused genre. Dolly said,

“Jolene, of course, in the song was a flamboyant girl that was out to steal somebody’s man but she has redeeming qualities.”

Dolly continues the interview by reflecting on receiving awards such as the Kennedy Center Honors, dear friends including Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda and much more.

About Gold Derby

Gold Derby famously presents four sets of Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and other predictions for comparison and analysis. Visit Gold Derby to make Emmy predictions. Nominees will be announced on July 13.

Video produced by David Janove and Andrew Merrill

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Dolly Parton Returns To “The Voice”

Published November 28, 2016 / Last Updated January 5, 2017
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NBC’s “The Voice” welcomes back one of it’s most popular guests, Dolly Parton on Nov. 29.

Dolly Parton will make a special guest appearance on NBC’s “The Voice” on Nov. 29 where she will perform “Circle of Love” with Jennifer Nettles from her new movie set to air the following night. Dolly and the a cappella group Pentatonix will also join Miley Cyrus in a special performance of “Jolene.”

Miley Cyrus, Dolly’s goddaughter, has enjoyed an exciting season as a coach alongside Blake Shelton, Alicia Keys, Adam Levine and host Carson Daly.

Dolly Parton on the cover of "Parade" magazine Nov 27th issue

Dolly’s appearance on “The Voice” is just part of several guest spots in support of the new film. Dolly will grace the cover of the Nov 27th issue of “Parade” magazine and will have a feature in “US Weekly.” She will appear on “The REAL,” a daytime syndicated talk show on Nov. 30. Plus, viewers can catch Dolly on “Christmas In Rockefeller Center” which airs on NBC at 8 p.m. EST/7 p.m. CST, Nov. 30 just before the world premiere of “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love.”

Jennifer Nettles, Ricky Schroder, Gerald McCraney and Alyvia Alyn Lind will co-star in the upcoming holiday movie “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love” airing Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 9 p.m. EST/8 p.m. CST with Dolly Parton making a special guest appearance. In the two-hour movie, the Partons, a family of humble means living in the mountains of East 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.

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Video: The Stars Were Out At Dollywood’s Red Carpet Event

Published November 23, 2016 / Last Updated November 23, 2016
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Dollywood hosted the star-studded Hollywood premiere of “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love.”

All photos courtesy of DollyParton.com.

Dolly Parton reunited with her fellow cast members on the red carpet at Dollywood to celebrate the premiere of Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love.

The all-star cast including Dolly Parton, Jennifer Nettles, Ricky Schroder, Alyvia Alyn Lind, and many more made their way down the red carpet along Dollywood’s Showstreet. Dolly greeted her fans and members of the media alongside Alyvia Alyn Lind who plays Little Dolly. When asked what the “Little Dolly” inside her would have to say about all the excitement of the night Dolly said,

“I still feel like that little girl, that’s why I wanted Little Dolly, little Alyvia Lind, to be with me because it’s really kind of like going back in time…I feel like Mama and Daddy is kind of right here with us, and it’s very touching, and it’s very emotional.”

 
 
 
 
 

Jennifer Nettles shined as she talked about her role as Avie Lee. As Ricky Schroeder made his way down the red carpet, he shared his excitement to see the new film along with his fellow co-stars. Cameron Jones, a young New Zealand-born actor, was cast as Dolly’s Uncle Bill Owens. Cameron joked to reporters about living up to his real-life counterpart’s stellar good looks which have been something of a family treasure among the Partons.

Kelli Berglund, Mary Lane Haskell, Hannah Nordberg, Forrest Deal, Blane Crockarell along with many more stars from the film were on hand to pose for photos and talk to reporters from around the country. Several of Dolly’s family were also in attendance including her Uncle Bill, many of her brothers and sisters, several nieces and nephews, and other members of her extended family.

The event also drew a few Hollywood A-list stars including Rebecca Romijn and her husband, Jerry O’Connell. Rebecca is a huge Dolly Parton fan, so much so that she named her daughter after Dolly. Little Dolly Rebecca and her sister Charlie Tamara were there sharing their excitement to be at Dollywood for the premiere of the film.

Ricky Schroder, Dolly Parton, Sam Haskell, Jennifer Nettles & Alyvia Alyn Lind
Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton
Alyvia Alyn Lind
Dolly Parton & Alyvia Alyn Lind
Ricky Schroder
Jennifer Nettles
Jennifer Nettles
Cameron Jones
Cameron Jones
Kelli Berglund
Kelli Berglund
Hannah Nordberg
Mary Lane Haskell
Blane Crockarell
Blane Crockarell
Colby and Carter Zier with Parents Cheree and Justin Zier
Forrest Deal
Parker Sack
Dylan Michael Rowen
Pamela K. Long
Uncle Bill Owens
Trae Crowder (center)
Steve Summers
Rebecca Romijn with her husband Jerry O’Connell and daugthers 
Rachel Parton, Eric George & Freda Parton
Natalie Alyn Lind
Jaime and Jeff Conyers
Jada Roberts and family
Cassle Styles-Lee with Landon Lee and Hayden Lee
Huston and Randy Parton
Heidi Parton and Brian Norris
Emily Alyn Lind & Natalie Alyn Lind
Emily Alyn Lind & Natalie Alyn Lind
Debi Jo Hess
Ricky Schroder, Dolly Parton, Sam Haskell, Jennifer Nettles & Alyvia Alyn Lind

The park was open for general admission attendees as well who were delighted to catch a glimpse of some of their favorite stars from the film. Many of them had stood behind the red velvet ropes for well over four hours in anticipation of Dolly’s arrival along with the other stars of the new film.

The Coca-Cola Refresh Team brought the Coca-Cola Polar Bear to make photos for guests in attendance. Coca-Cola also offered special holiday beverage samplings.

Once the red carpet activities commenced, everyone gathered inside Dollywood’s Showstreet Palace theater to watch “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love.”

Following the film viewing, the cast and special VIPs enjoyed hor d’oeuvres, desserts and beverages around Dolly’s Chasing Rainbows Museum. Everyone was treated to Dollywood’s all new Parade of Many Colors at the end of the night.

Last December, just in time for Christmas, Dolly delighted viewers and critics alike with her deeply heartwarming tale drawn straight from her inspiring real life and music. In the 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.

“Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love” airs on November 30 on NBC at 9/8c.

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Watch: Jennifer Nettles Returns As Avie Lee 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
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The three-time GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter Jennifer Nettles returns to her role as Avie Lee Parton.

It was her break-out acting role and Dolly hand-picked her for the part. In a comment to the press about her involvement in the casting process, Dolly recalled her reaction to watching Jennifer’s video submission when auditioning for the role. Dolly said,

“She had sent in a little video. I didn’t even know she even acted. She had had her hair dark. I didn’t even recognize it as her. And when they started rolling that film, I said ‘that’s Mama.’ Nobody could have done it better.”

Landing the role was the first step. In preparation for her acting debut, Jennifer sought out advice from Dolly about Avie Lee. In an interview for the first film, Jennifer said,

“I asked Dolly about her mother and also pulled from my own precious relationship with my mother, not to mention my own relationship with my son as a mother myself.”

Jennifer delivered a moving performance as Dolly’s mother who grieves the loss of a child yet manages to cling to those she loves to begin healing and restoration.

At a press conference to promote the new film, “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love” Jennifer eloquently answers a few questions about returning to the role of Avie Lee, how the first film has impacted her career and even shares a few of her favorite Christmas traditions.

Watch Jennifer Nettles as Avie Lee Parton in “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love” airing on NBC on Nov. 30. It is also coming to DVD on Dec. 20, 2016.

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