There’s a Family Matters Reunion Happening: Photo

Jo Marie Payton and Reginald VelJohnson
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It's a Christmas miracle! Family Matters fans have clearly been good this year, as the Winslows are reuniting for an upcoming Lifetime movie, just in time for the holidays.

Reginald VelJohnson — who played Carl Winslow, frequent antagonist to suspenders-loving Steve Urkel (Jaleel White) — and Jo Marie Payton, aka Harriette Winslow, can both be seen in The Flight Before Christmas, airing Saturday, Dec. 5., on Lifetime.

The film also stars Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory) and Ryan McPartlin (Chuck) in the story of two unlucky travelers who get stranded in Montana on Christmas Eve. 

This marks the first time VelJohnson, 63, and Payton, 65, have shared the screen since their days together on the popular family sitcom, which ran from 1989 to 1998. (Payton left the cast in 1997.) VelJohnson is also known for his part in the beloved action film Die Hard, along with recent recurring roles on such TV series as Mike and Molly and Hart of Dixie. Payton has had recurring roles on Moesha, Will & Grace, and Girlfriends.

Family Matters nostalgia has reached a fever pitch of late, with White appearing in a recent Scion commercial alongside a wax version of his character from the show. In fact, VelJohnson recently told The Hollywood Reporter that he would not be opposed to appearing in a reboot, along the lines of Netflix's Fuller House series.

"Bringing us back together again would be wonderful, and I would love to be a part of something like that," VelJohnson said. "The actual family on the show became my family. We still talk to each other to this day."

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

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