‘Naughty & Nice’ — Filmed in Idyllwild — Just in Time for Christmas

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By Julie Pendray

IDYLLWILD, CALIF. — Residents of the tiny mountain village of Idyllwild, in Southern California, can see themselves on television on Christmas night by tuning into the movie “Naughty & Nice” on UPTV. The romantic comedy is scheduled to be shown at 6 p.m. Christmas Day and 2 p.m. Dec. 26 (Pacific Standard Time).

Viewers will recognize scenes shot over the summer in and around businesses such as Wooley’s, Higher Grounds Coffee House and Jo ‘An’s Restaurant & Bar. Many locals were extras in the film. Some huddled in the dark, drinking hot chocolate and waiting to do their part in a Christmas play scene, for example, filmed in the garden at Jo ‘An’s.

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“Naughty & Nice” stars Haylie Duff and Tilky Jones. Photo credit: UPTV.

‘Naughty & Nice” tells the story of a cynical Los Angeles radio comic (Pepper Sterling) who angers an important advertising executive with his on-air antics and is sent to work at a sister station in a small town as remediation. There he goes tandem on the air with Sandy Love, an endearing romantic, in a show called Dr. Love in the Morning.

Haylie Duff & Tilky Jones star as radio co-hosts with opposite world views in this season’s “Naughty & Nice.” Photo provided by UPTV.

When sparks fly between the two hosts with opposite world views, listeners love it. As the audience grows, the two find that chemistry is growing too. It all turns into unexpected love in the mountains, in a snowy holiday season.

Sandy Love is played by Haylie Duff who has appeared in TV’s “Chicago Hope” and “Boston Public.” She also appeared in the movie “Napoleon Dynamite” and alongside her younger sister Hillary Duff in the Disney Channel’s “Lizzie McGuire.”

Tilky Jones (“Nashville“), Maureen McCormick (“The Brady Bunch“) and Terrence “T.C.” Carson (“Living Single“) also star in the cast.

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Maureen McCormick stars in “Naughty & Nice.” Photo provided by UPTV.

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Terrence Carson stars in “Naughty & Nice” with Haylie Duff. Photo provided by UPTV.

The movie was produced by Carrie LeGrand, whose TV credits include “The Real Housewives of Horror,” and directed by Sam Irvin, who has directed movies such as “Guilty As Charged,” starring Rod Steiger. UPTV declined to discuss the budget of “Naughty & Nice”, in an interview by email.

Though this holiday season’s mountain comedy unfolds in what is meant to be a tiny Colorado town, the action actually happened in an unincorporated community of about 3,800 residents, a mile in elevation above Palm Springs in the national forest. Idyllwild has been used as a shooting location for many movies since Cecil B. Demille discovered it in 1914, according to Idyllwild Area Historical Society. Elvis Presley came to town for the filming of “Kid Galahad” for example in about 1962. Since then, the town has become known for its eclectic ambiance of visiting and resident actors, moviemakers, writers, visual artists and musicians.

For cynics, “Naughty & Nice” may not be the first movie choice — unless perhaps you live in Idyllwild and want to watch your neighbors on the screen — but the movie comes recommended by folks such as the Dove Foundation, who are watchdogs for family friendly viewing.

UPTV can be found on most cable systems around the country as well as DirecTV channel 338, DISH Network channel 188 and Verizon FIOS channel 224, according to the its web site.

UP is a TV entertainment brand designed to uplift audiences. It offers original movies, dramatic and reality series, comedies and specials, as well as gMovies, the “first faith-friendly streaming entertainment service,” the website states.

** Were you an extra in ‘Naughty & Nice’? We want to hear from you! Leave a comment below this story to tell us about the experience. You can send the link for this story to your friends to remind them to watch on Dec. 25 and 26.

1 Comment on "‘Naughty & Nice’ — Filmed in Idyllwild — Just in Time for Christmas"

  1. As small towns go word of “extras needed” spread quickly on Social Media. My husband still makes fun of me for the running out the door with only a very blurred explanation of where I was going hoping I could be a part of it. It was so fun to get a chance to do something like that again. Some of the local Idy Kids where front and center of this sweet Christmas movie. When it aired I told my teenager we were going to have a special movie night with popcorn and treats. She then looked right at me and said, ” We are going to do candy and stuff because you were in a movie for 30 seconds?” My response with one squinted eye for effect, “Yes.Yes we are.” If you are a local you will find yourself pointing and yelling at the screen as you recognize familiar locations..Hope I can do it again soon.

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