WHOOPI GOLDBERG'S PRODUCTION 'I'M COMING HOME'
They have been lauded with awards, performed to sold-out houses, recorded hit albums, toured the country, created fashion lines and starred on hit tv shows; and this Thanksgiving, ABC News invites you to take a trip back to the place where it all began on “I’m Coming Home,” airing THURSDAY, NOV. 22 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand. From executive producer Whoopi Goldberg along with the award-winning filmmakers of World of Wonder Productions and Lincoln Square Productions, the docu-style format captures the emotional journeys as award-winning actress Kristin Chenoweth, country music star Jake Owen and entrepreneur from ABC’s “Shark Tank,” Daymond John each visit their childhood homes to reconnect with their roots and the people who shaped who they are today.
Emmy® and Tony® Award-winning actress Kristin Chenoweth returns to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she visits her first home and high school. Kristin surprises students at Broken Arrow High School and reconnects with her former teachers in an emotional reunion. Vero Beach, Florida, native and country music star Jake Owen takes us on a trip home where he first discovered his passion for music and back to the Riverside Cafe where he first performed. Daymond John returns to Hollis, Queens, and his childhood home where he shares his inspirational journey to becoming a fashion industry pioneer.
“I’m Coming Home” will feature surprising and heartfelt moments, and document each star giving back to their hometown communities. Plus, “Nobody’s Fool” actress Tiffany Haddish and director Tyler Perry share special Thanksgiving messages and memories of their childhood, and what going home means to them.
“I’m Coming Home,” executive produced by Whoopi Goldberg and Tom Leonardis for One Hoe Productions; Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell and Jeremy Simmons of World of Wonder Productions; Hilary Estey McLoughlin and Terence Noonan for Lincoln Square Productions, will air on The ABC Television Network.
ABOUT ONE HOE PRODUCTIONS
Whoopi Goldberg and Tom Leonardis have been partners since 1995, with projects in virtually every entertainment medium. The duo produced Goldberg’s NBC sitcom, “Whoopi,” as well as the hit Lifetime original drama series “Strong Medicine,” that became the longest-running original drama created for basic cable, the Emmy-nominated “Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley” as well as the Tony Nominated Musical “Sister Act” currently opening around the world. Other credits include the pilot “Delores & Jermaine” (ABC), “Strut” (OXYGEN) and “According to Alex” (CENTRIC) with 44 Blue Productions, and the game show “Head Games” (Discovery Science Channel). Their Lil’ Whoop Productions produced “Whoopi’s Littleburg” (Nick Jr.), as well as “Just for Kicks” (Nickelodeon).
ABOUT WORLD OF WONDER PRODUCTIONS
For more than two decades, award-winning production company World of Wonder has introduced audiences to new worlds, talent and ideas that have shaped culture. WOW is home to multiplatform programming from established and emerging talent, provocative documentaries, award-winning specials and more. Programming highlights include Emmy Award-winning “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (VH1/Logo), “Million Dollar Listing” LA & NY (Bravo), “Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce” (Fuse), and “Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric” (National Geographic); award-winning films and documentaries including “Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures,” “Menendez: Blood Brothers,” “Inside Deep Throat,” “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” “I Am Britney Jean,” “In Vogue: The Editor’s Eye,” “Carrie Fisher’s Wishful Drinking,” “Monica in Black and White,” Emmy-winning “The Last Beekeeper,” and Emmy-winning “Out of Iraq.” Seven of their films have premiered at the Sundance Film festival including “Becoming Chaz” and “Party Monster.” World of Wonder has created a substantial digital footprint with its YouTube channel WOW Presents, SVOD digital platform WOW Presents Plus, along with an award-winning blog, The WOW Report. Co-founders Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey authored The World According to Wonder, celebrating 21 years of production, which can be found online at https://worldofwonder.net. Randy and Fenton were honored with the IDA Pioneer Award in December 2014, celebrating exceptional achievement, leadership, and vision in the nonfiction and documentary community. World of Wonder creates out of a historic building/gallery space in the heart of Hollywood.
ABOUT LINCOLN SQUARE PRODUCTIONS
ABC News’ Lincoln Square Productions produces original content for broadcast, cable and digital distribution specializing in compelling ways to tell fact-based stories, including ABC’s “What Would You Do? and “In An Instant,” the thought-provoking docu-series “The Last Defense” from Viola Davis, John Ridley’s critically acclaimed documentary on the LA Riots “Let It Fall,” the “Madoff” miniseries starring Richard Dreyfuss and the “Oscars® Opening Ceremony: Live From the Red Carpet,” Investigation Discovery’s “Barbara Walters Presents,” as well as documentary programming for a wide array of partners, including PBS, Discovery Communications and A & E Networks. Lincoln Square Productions is wholly-owned by the American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. The headquarters are located in New York City’s Lincoln Square neighborhood.