Scottie Thompson, who teams with Kathy Najimy in TNT’s “Deck the Halls” mystery movie tonight (12/20), says she’d be wide open to reprising her role as Regan Reilly from the best-selling series of novels by Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark. That is especially if she could keep working with Najimy.
“She’s one of my favorite people — really creative and funny. She infused this piece with so much comedy. It would be fun to explore our characters’ relationship more deeply,” says Thompson.
She tells us that she and Najimy would get together between camera calls to put extra work into their two disparate sleuths — her dynamic young detective character, created by Carol Higgins Clark, and Najimy’s cleaning lady/amateur crime solver, invented by Carol’s mother, Mary. “You could make those little moments, those subtle moments that differentiate a character, really perfect with the right attention. Kathy and I would sit down at night and make sure we knew where we’d be playing every moment,” says the “Trauma” actress.
“Deck the Halls” is the last of six adaptations of best-selling novels, airing since last month, that have been talked as the network’s attempt to resurrect the TV Mystery Movie genre — with Bill Pullman, Marcia Gay Harden, John Corbett, Carla Gugino, Dermot Mulroney and Anne Heche among the names on board. Behind-the-scenes talent has been top shelf as well. “Deck the Halls” was directed by Ron Underwood (“City Slickers,” “Tremors”).
“We were filming at a really fast pace — 18 filming days for a 105-page script,” Thompson recalls. “I’d worked with Ron Underwood before…He was calm and determined all along the way.”
Carol Higgins Clark was not only on the set, Thompson says, she has a part in one scene as well.