Both Mowry and Tori Spelling ("Beverly Hills, 90210"), who stars as mean-girl Marci, brought their families to town for the shoot. Spelling planned to stay a few more days after her part wrapped, as her 3- and 4-year-olds were excited by the snow. "They built a little snowman, and every day they walked outside and said, 'Is Frosty still alive?' " she said with a laugh.
The weather didn't altogether cooperate. There was no snow last week when they were shooting outdoor scenes, necessitating a faux-snow wonderland built in the Avenues. And this week's snow came when the production was shooting indoors. "But we're making it work," said executive producer Maggie Malina.
"The Mistle-Tones" is the latest in a long line of TV movies produced in Utah for Disney-owned cable networks. (ABC Family is a sister network to the Disney Channel.) "It just seemed like an ideal place to shoot a Christmas movie," Malina said. "Weather, locations, production resources. Disney has a great history of success here with musicals, so why not come back?"
The "Mistle-Tones" production has been at various spots in Salt Lake City and in Pleasant Grove. Production continues next week in Ogden and on stages in West Valley City.
"We're sort of getting around," Malina said. "This has been a very lovely, warm, welcoming place to shoot the film."