Dolly Parton To Star In New Hallmark Movie, ‘Christmas In Dollywood’

It’s Christmas in July! The Hallmark Channel just announced that the legendary Dolly Parton has signed on to star alongside…


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July 11, 2019

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It’s Christmas in July!

The Hallmark Channel just announced that the legendary Dolly Parton has signed on to star alongside Danica McKellar in the upcoming holiday film, Christmas At Dollywood.

Entertainment Tonight confirmed the news and revealed that filming will take place in Tennessee beginning next month.

McKellar is best known for her role as Winnie Cooper in the television series The Wonder Years. She will play the role of Rachel Lewis, a single mom and award-winning Broadway producer. Rachel ends up leaving the Big Apple with her 9-year-old daughter to produce a Christmas show at Dollywood. She makes the big move after learning that her investors mismanaged her finances and ended up pushing her Broadway show into bankruptcy.

When she arrives in Tennessee, Rachel teams up with Luke, the Dollywood entertainment director, who is using the opportunity to produce the show to advance his career. While they butt heads and end up making compromises to please their boss, Rachel and Luke realize that love can be found in the most unexpected places.

“I grew up watching Dolly Parton on TV. 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,” McKellar told ET’s Katie Krause, adding that fans can also expect “a lot of really fun Dolly surprises.” “I’m so excited that I get to work with her.”

Along with a special appearance from Parton herself, McKellar’s mother, Mahaila, and son, Draco, will also appear in the movie.

Christmas At Dollywood will make its debut in December as part of the 10th anniversary of Countdown to Christmas on the Hallmark Channel.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.