See A 'Family Matters' Cast Reunion In Lifetime's Flight Before Christmas

We will probably never get a Family Matters reunion, although if the Full House sequel/spin-off tv series Fuller House does big numbers, you never know. So for now, the closest thing we’ll get to a Family Matters reunion is the Lifetime television movie Flight Before Christmas that premieres this weekend.

The made-for-tv movie features Reginald VelJohnson (best known as  Carl Winslow on Family Matters or Sgt. Al Powell in the early Die Hard films) and his former television wife Jo Marie Payton (who played Harriette Winslow). As you may have guessed from the title of the movie, the story follows a woman (played by Mayim Bialik of The Big Bang Theory an) who gets dumped by her boyfriend right before the holidays and meets a guy (Ryan McPartlin of Chuck) on a flight home for Christmas. Watch the Flight Before Christmas trailer now embedded after the jump.

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Ryan McPartlin

Superhero films are big. Many, many MANY actors audition for the lead role. To give you an idea of just how many, sometimes it will come down to a dozen actors at the screentest phase, where the candidates actually suit up and read before a film camera. I mention this to give you some context. A lot of actors try out for roles all the time and don’t get a call back — this is Hollywood.

So why would I be reporting a story about a television actor who auditioned for the lead in Marvel’s next comic book adaptation? Because it does mean something. It might give you an idea of what the casting director/filmmaker is searching for. It might even give you an idea of the level of talent they might be checking out. So on to the story…

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