After a long absence, actress Lea Thompson returns to the Hallmark family this weekend in the premiere of Next Stop, Christmas, a part of Hallmark Channel's Countdown to Christmas programming event. Thompson's last Christmas outing for Hallmark was back in 2003 with Stealing Christmas (opposite Tony Danza and Betty White). She then experienced a long relationship with Hallmark Movies & Mysteries via her nine Jane Doe mystery movies from 2005-2008. Her absence from a yuletide project was something she needed to remedy. "I haven't done a Christmas movie in a very long time," she explained during an exclusive chat with MediaVillage. "So, it was time! I love the holidays, plus I have so many friends who love [these movies] and just live on them this time of the year. I thought, 'I better do one so they can see me,' because with everything, they haven't seen me in a while."
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