A Tennesse tale: Dolly Parton's most famous story is coming to the screen

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Alyvia Alyn Lind will star as a young Dolly Parton in “Coat of Many Colors”

Alyvia Alyn Lind will star as a young Dolly Parton in “Coat of Many Colors”

A Tennessee tale: Make a list of some of the 20th century's biggest music stars and Dolly Parton will be right near the top. Love or hate her style of country, there's just no denying that the blond southerner has a set of pipes that are unsurpassed.

Of course, she wasn't always the most honored female country artist of all time, and the story of her dirt-poor upbringing was famously recounted in her 1971 song "Coat of Many Colors."

Now, that story of her difficult childhood is being brought to TV screens. NBC and Parton are collaborating on a TV movie that will finally bring to light the events of her life when she was nine years old. "Coat of Many Colors," which has the same title as the famous Parton song, is early in production with no release date announced yet.

Bringing the young superstar to life on the screen will be another young blonde whose star may also be on the rise. Alyvia Alyn Lind, who turned eight years old just last month, has been cast as the nine-year-old Parton.

Even at such a young age, Lind has already racked up quite a few TV and film credits to her name. She's been seen in "Dark Skies" (2013) and "Blended" (2014) on the big screen, and has credits in "Revenge," "See Dad Run" and "Transparent." Most famously, though, is her role as the adorable Faith Newman in "The Young and the Restless" from 2011 to 2015.

Set in Tennessee's Great Smokey Mountains, "Coat of Many Colors" will be a journey inside the close-knit Parton family as they struggle through a devastating tragedy that brings them closer together and reaffirms their faith. Not a true biography, it recounts one event that rocked Parton's childhood -- and of the many-colored coat that her mother sewed for her out of the scraps of clothing available.

No release date for "Coat of Many Colors" has been announced.


A treacherous trio: There may be two months to go until "The Vampire Diaries" returns, but its new villains aren't wasting any time getting their ducks in a row.

The hit CW supernatural drama returns for a seventh season Thursday, Oct. 8, without one of its past stars, but with three new villains eager to fill the void.

After six seasons of headlining the cast, Nina Dobrev ("The Perks of Being a Wallflower," 2012) said her final goodbyes at the end of the last season.

The three new villains, who were described by executive producer Julie Plec as "nasty, nasty, nasty girls," will be played by Elizabeth Blackmore ("Legend of the Seeker"), Scarlett Byrne ("Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," 2009) and Teressa Liane ("Neighbours"). All three of the new ladies are set to appear in the season's premiere.

The new characters are all heretics who dislike their lives in Mystic Falls, and with powerful magic at their command, they could end up changing the town forever.

Dobrev's departure may end up changing the face of "The Vampire Diaries" for good. She'd been with the show since the very beginning, often stealing whatever scene she was in. With her exit, it's time for other characters to shine -- and with three new foes in town, there will no doubt be plenty of action for them to get swept up in.

The seventh season of "The Vampire Diaries" gets underway Thursday, Oct. 8.


Dreams of Hawaii: USA's anticipated upcoming drama pilot is rounding out its cast, and the latest addition is a transfer from the Five-0.

Will Yun Lee has come aboard the pilot of "Falling Water," a thrilling drama created by Blake Masters and the late Henry Bromell, who passed away in 2013 shortly after co-writing the pilot's script.

Lee has recurred on "Hawaii Five-0" since 2010 as human trafficker Sang Min. He's appeared in "True Blood" and "Strike Back" and starred in "The Wolverine" (2013), "Total Recall" (2012) and "Die Another Day" (2002).;

Lee is joining a growing cast that already includes Lizzie Brocheré ("American Horror Story") and David Ajala ("Fast & Furious 6," 2013)

"Falling Water" has drawn a lot of attention ahead of its pilot thanks to the name behind it -- Bromell has won two Emmys and wrote and produced for both "Homeland" and "Homicide: Life on the Street." His tragic death in 2013 sadly casts a shadow over "Falling Water."

"Falling Water" will be a drama about the fine line that divides people's unconscious thoughts and reality. Its story follows three very different people searching for something dear to them who discover that they are all dreaming separate parts of the very same dream -- a dream that might be leading them to the very things that they desire most.