When the TV movie Coat of Many Colors aired on NBC in December 2015, over 12 million viewers tuned in to NBC to watch the story based on Dolly Parton's childhood — the most for a film on the big four networks in four years. In 2016, the network will attempt to repeat its success with a sequel titled Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love.
The cast from the first installment (which is now available on DVD) will return for the new film, with Jennifer Nettles playing Avie Lee Parton, Ricky Schroder playing Robert Lee Parton and Alyvia Alyn Lind starring as young Dolly Parton. The story will center on the family's Christmas traditions and their survival during an unexpected blizzard, along with the start of Dolly's singing career.
Previously, the next film in Parton's production agreement with NBC was thought to be based around the song "Jolene." That is still happening, according to Parton, though it may be delayed.
"We are going into production with Jolene and if it don't come out this year it'll definitely be next year, because we're gonna go ahead and get it done this year," she tells Rolling Stone Country. "The script is done, they've already approved all that. That's gonna be one of the movies of the week — I signed a four picture deal with NBC so we've got three things in the works. The fourth one we might do a musical special, like a Christmas movie or an Easter special, something with music, musical guests or different people that I'm just hosting."
Parton will also launch her first extensive North American tour in 20 years on June 3rd in Greensboro, North Carolina. Currently the Pure & Simple Tour has 14 dates scheduled through the end of June, with more to be added.