John Krasinski explains he didn’t have time to keep hosting Some Good News and would’ve had to end the show if he hadn’t sold it to CBS.
John Krasinski explained why ViacomCBS’s offer to buy Some Good News was actually good news to him. Krasinski launched the 8-episode series on March 29th in hopes of providing an outlet that only reports positive news during catastrophic times. The series premiere featured an interview with former The Office co-star Steve Carell and received nearly 18M views. Krasinski continued to bring smiles to viewers faces bringing on special guests like the Hamilton cast, an Office cast reunion recreating the dance from Jim and Pam’s wedding, and singers Billie Eilish, The Jonas Brothers, and Chance The Rapper performing for a socially distant prom.
Krasinski is no stranger to creating his own work. After getting his big break as Jim on The Office, he went on to produce and star in his own works. He wrote, directed, and starred in hit horror film A Quiet Place with his wife Emily Blunt. The immediate success of the film and its exceptional representation of the hard of hearing community encouraged Krasinski to produce its sequel. A Quiet Place 2 was initially slated to hit theaters in March 2020, but has since been postponed. He already has his eyes set on producing a third film. On top of the Quiet Place franchise, he will be starring in Amazon’s Jack Ryan season 3 once production is able to restart.
Krasinski knew he couldn’t continue to work on all of these productions once Hollywood was up and running. He would’ve been forced to retire the show if CBS or another major network hadn’t bought it. Luckily, CBS intends to incoporate the show into its permanent news cycle. Krasinski explained the reasoning behind the transaction on former The Office co-star Rainn Wilson’s Instagram Live Soul Pancake series Hey There, Human (via Collider):
I knew the two options were always gonna be that I leave it off with eight in my office—which I would love to keep doing this show from my office forever, [but] it just wasn’t sustainable. So I’d need a partner coming on. And it’s funny, in the first episode I said, ‘Why isn’t there a news show dedicated entirely to good news?’ and now we have one of the biggest news programs in America, CBS News, saying that they want to make it part of their permanent news cycle, which is insane. The fact that we were able to accomplish that—in eight weeks it went from not existing to now being on one of these huge news networks—is honestly one of the most amazing honors I’ve ever been able to pull off. And again, it was all due to the community and to the people.
While Krasinski will not be hosting each episode as he did with the YouTube series, he will be an executive producer and will appear to guest host the show from time to time. He also hinted that Wilson along with some of his other famous friends may appear as a guest host on the CBS reincarnation of the show.
During times when the future of productions is in jeopardy, Krasinki has managed to innovate TV news programs. While many news programs have small segments for sharing positive news, there is no on-air programs dedicated solely to it. With many viewers finding the news unbearably depressing, especially nowadays, the series is a much needed improvement that every network can benefit from. CBS was wise to jump on it first. Additionally, this is the first time that celebrities have had such a major influence in news programs outside of talk shows. While Krasinski’s YouTube series has come to an end, fans can hopefully tune into Some Good News soon on CBS.