Dolly Parton to Star in New Hallmark Film 'Christmas at Dollywood'

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Dolly Parton attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on Feb. 10, 2019 in Los Angeles.

Dolly Parton will return to television during the 2019 holiday season with a new film on the Hallmark Channel called Christmas at Dollywood.

The country singer will be featured in the film alongside Danica McKellar (The Wonder Years, Project Mc), who plays the role of Rachel Lewis, a Broadway producer and single mother who has learned that investors have mismanaged the funds for her upcoming show into bankruptcy.

According to ET Online, Rachel then hears of an opportunity to produce a show for the 20th anniversary of the Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival at Dollywood and returns to her home of Tennessee with her nine-year-old daughter, Amy, to work on the event.

"I grew up watching Dolly Parton on TV,” McKellar previously told ET. “I love her. She is everything. I got to meet her -- she is charismatic and gorgeous and lovely, and she's the best person ever. I'm so excited that I get to work with her."

Filming begins in Tennessee in August and the actress promises the project will include "a lot of really fun Dolly surprises."

Christmas at Dollywood follows Parton’s involvement in several other made for television movies including 2015’s Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors and 2016’s Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love, both airing on NBC. Previously, Hallmark has partnered with Parton and Dollywood for a TV special that celebrated 25 years of the singer’s Tennessee theme park.


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