'Family Matters' Stars Reginald VelJohnson and Jo Marie Payton Reunite for Lifetime Movie


Lifetime is hosting a mini Family Matters reunion!

Two of our favorite ‘90s sitcom parents -- Carl Winslow (Reginald VelJohnson) and Hariette Winslow (Jo Marie Payton) -- will reunite in Lifetime’s holiday film, The Flight Before Christmas.

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The movie, which tells the story of two holiday travelers stranded in Montana after their Christmas Eve flight is cancelled, also stars The Big Bang Theory’s Mayim Bialik and Ryan McPartlin (Chuck).

The film will mark the first time VelJohnson and Payton have worked together since Family Matters went off the air in 1998. However, both actors have been busy outside the series.


Veljohnson, 63, played the LAPD Sgt. Al Powell in both Die Hard and Die Hard 2. He also had brief appearances in Ghostbusters and Crocodile Dundee. He most recently had a recurring role on CW’s Hart of Dixie.

Meanwhile, Payton, 65, provided the voice the Sugar Mama Proud on Disney Channel’s The Proud Family, and also had a recurring role on Will & Grace. She’s also the star of Mann & Wife on the digital network, Bounce TV.

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The Flight Before Christmas
premieres Saturday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. on Lifetime.

In September, cast of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation past and present met up for a mini reunion in Beverly Hills, California. To get the details from the gathering, check out the video below.