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Dolly Parton Brings ‘Pet Gala’ Special to CBS, Drew Barrymore, Kristin Chenoweth Among Expected Guests

Dolly Parton has teamed up with CBS to present the “Dolly Parton’s Pet Gala” special which is slated to premiere on CBS Network and on Paramount+ on Feb. 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The special will air live and on demand for Paramount+ with Showtime subscribers, or on demand for Paramount+ Essential subscribers the day after the episode airs.

The two-hour variety special will not only feature a runway of doggy talent sporting recreations of Parton’s most iconic ensembles and embellished looks from Dolly’s Doggy Parton pet line, but will also show exclusive performances of Parton’s hits including “9 to 5,” “I Will Always Love You,” “Puppy Love” and “Jolene,” from the country icon and country stars Lainey Wilson, Carly Pearce, Chris Janson and KC of KC of the Sunshine Band.

Jane Lynch joins Parton as co-host alongside runway correspondents Kelly Osbourne and Rachel Smith. Viewers can additionally expect appearances from stars like Iain Armitage (“Young Sheldon”), Drew Barrymore, Kristen Bell, Kristin Chenoweth, Margaret Cho, Neil Patrick Harris, Carson Kressley, Jim Nantz and Jessica Simpson, among others. More guests will be announced at a later date.“

I have hosted or co-hosted many shows throughout my career, but I have never been more excited about co-hosting a show than I am about being part of this pet gala! I love animals. I’ve got all kinds, and of course, I’ve always had little dogs around, and big ones! We’re going to have some of all kinds and colors on the show, and there is nothing more fun to me than when little animals do what they do best, and I’m looking forward to it! There is so much fun stuff, and I know all the animal lovers out there are going to love this show,” said Dolly Parton.

Along with Parton, the special is executive produced by Frank Garritano, Danny Nozell and Van Toffler. Sandollar Productions, Gunpowder & Sky and NOZ Entertainment produce.

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