Some Good News

Some Good News is a 2020 web series created and hosted by American actor and filmmaker John Krasinski on YouTube, which premiered on March 29, 2020. After eight episodes, the show was sold to ViacomCBS on May 22, 2020, for an undisclosed amount of money.[1]

Some Good News
Some Good News.jpg
Genre
Created byJohn Krasinski
Presented byJohn Krasinski
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8 (list of episodes)
Production
Running time15–25 minutes
Release
Original network
Original releaseMarch 29 (2020-03-29) –
May 17, 2020 (2020-05-17)
External links
Website

PremiseEdit

The show, which was originally developed and hosted on YouTube, is "a news show dedicated entirely to good news," with Krasinski operating inside his home during the COVID-19 pandemic.[2] In each episode, he discusses several feel-good stories and invites celebrity guests to join in conversation.[3]

CastEdit

MainEdit

GuestsEdit

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

Krasinski conceptualized Some Good News in 2013, but launched the series in 2020, amid the imposed lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic. He self-financed and produced the program, in conjunction with his production banner partner, Allyson Seeger.[4] Various companies were hired for production, editing, marketing, and other aspects.[5]

On May 21, 2020, ViacomCBS announced that it had acquired Some Good News, following a bidding war. The series will be produced by Comedy Central Productions, with Krasinski remaining as the executive producer, but no longer as the host. Krasinski received criticism for selling the show to the network.[6] New episodes will first stream on CBS All Access, before moving to other networks within the company.[4]

EpisodesEdit

Episodes of Some Good News
No.TitleOriginal release date
1"Some Good News with John Krasinski"March 29, 2020 (2020-03-29)
Krasinski opened the show by stating, "We are all going through an incredibly trying time, but, through all the anxiety, through all the confusion, all the isolation, and all the Tiger King, somehow the human spirit found a way to break through and blow us all away."[7] Krasinski's former costar on The Office Steve Carell appeared on the show as an "entertainment correspondent." Krasinski also interviewed a 15-year-old cancer survivor named Courtney "Coco" Johnson.[8]
2"Zoom Surprise"April 5, 2020 (2020-04-05)
The episode featured a new introduction, which was created by a viewer.[9] In the episode, Krasinski had multiple guest stars, including his wife actress Emily Blunt, actor Robert De Niro, composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, and the cast of the musical Hamilton (including original performers Leslie Odom Jr., Anthony Ramos and Renée Elise Goldsberry). He also interviewed a nine-year-old girl named Aubrey who was a "superfan" of Hamilton but was unable to see the show due to the coronavirus.[10] He stated he would fly Aubrey out to the show once the coronavirus was over, but in the meantime arranged for the cast to perform for her from their homes via Zoom.[11] Ad Age called the episode "ridiculously wonderful."[12]
3"Baseball Is Back"April 13, 2020 (2020-04-13)
Krasinski and special guest star baseball player David Ortiz treated five different healthcare workers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston with a trip to Fenway Park where they were given lifetime season pass tickets to the Boston Red Sox.[13] Additionally, Krasinski announced that he had coordinated with AT&T to provide free cellphone service for three months for all nurses and doctors in the country.[14]
4"Prom 2020"April 20, 2020 (2020-04-20)
The episode featured guests Chance The Rapper, Brad Pitt, Rainn Wilson, the Jonas Brothers, Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas O'Connell. Additionally, NASA astronauts Jessica Meir, Chris Cassidy, and Andrew R. Morgan were featured while aboard the International Space Station. Pitt provided a weather forecast,[15][16] and towards the end of the episode, Krasinski, with support from a few of his special guests, recapped the "virtual prom" he hosted live the previous Friday,[17] for teens who were unable to attend their prom due to the pandemic.[18][19][20]
5"SGN Potluck"April 26, 2020 (2020-04-26)
The episode featured guests Martha Stewart, David Chang, Guy Fieri and Stanley Tucci. Each guest prepared a family recipe sent in by fans. Krasinski announced that PepsiCo was donating an additional 3 million dollars to Fieri's charity, the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund, to help out restaurant workers.[21]
6"Graduation 2020"May 3, 2020 (2020-05-03)
The episode featured guests Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Oprah Winfrey, Malala Yousafzai, Steven Spielberg and Jon Stewart. The episode focused on a virtual graduation, since most high schools, colleges, and universities in the United States and around parts the world did not hold graduation ceremonies because of the coronavirus. Krasinski invited new graduates onto the show, who asked questions of the celebrity guests.[22] In what CNet called "one of the best new segments", Jackson went up to people on the street and shouted compliments at them.[23] Winfrey gave advice to poet Amanda Gorman, the first youth poet laureate, while Reynolds played weatherman.[23][24][25]
7"The Office Cast Reunites for Zoom Wedding"May 11, 2020 (2020-05-11)
The episode begins with Emily Blunt momentarily making an appearance as the host of the show before Krasinski feigns outrage and takes over. Emma Stone delivers the weather report. Krasinski then shares a story of a Maryland couple who proposed in the same way Jim Halpert and Pam Beesley did on The Office. He then introduces them on the show as "love conquers all correspondents". He invites their family on Zoom, where Krasinski announces he's an ordained minister and proceeds to marry them with the help of Zac Brown who plays a song for them. The cast of the Office reenacts Jim and Pam's wedding dance. The cast reprising their roles include Jenna Fischer, Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, Ed Helms, Ellie Kemper, Mindy Kaling, B.J. Novak, Angela Kinsey, Oscar Nunez, Phyllis Smith, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, and Creed Bratton.[26]
8"The SGN Community Episode!"May 17, 2020 (2020-05-17)

Live virtual prom specialEdit

On April 16, 2020, Krasinski announced that he was DJing a live-streamed prom special on the channel the following night at 8:00 pm EDT.[27][17] The Jonas Brothers performed their song "Sucker" while Eilish and O'Connell performed "Bad Guy". Krasinksi stated, "We are all going through this together. It's a very weird time, but each and every one of you are missing something and this is the least I could do and I couldn't be more proud to do it."[28] Mashable called the episode "truly a night to remember."[29] Vulture stated "Overall, [it was] at least as fun as our actual physical prom, minus the $$$. Hope you enjoyed, Class of 2020!"[30]

Initially, there were around 86,500 people were watching when it began and there were over 214,000 viewers by the end.[29]

ReceptionEdit

Audience viewershipEdit

Some Good News debuted on YouTube on March 29, 2020, and accumulated 330,000 subscribers overnight.[31] The first episode appeared on YouTube's Trending page and was viewed 3.1 million times one day after being uploaded.[32] It had been viewed over 12 million times by April 5, 2020.[33]

Within the first eight weeks, the eight episode series drew in over 72 million views and 2.58 million subscribers.[6]

Critical responseEdit

Some Good News was positively received, including the accompanying Twitter account Krasinski set up for the show under the handle @somegoodnews.[34] TV Insider wrote "... Some Good News has proven how powerful spreading positivity can be. TV fans should put their faith in John Krasinski to deliver what the title of his YouTube series promises amidst the chaos and hardships of life during the COVID-19 pandemic."[2] RedState called Krasinski a "national treasure" and called the series "amazing", while the Boston Globe called the series "hilarious and poignant".[35][36]

Reviewing the second episode, CBN News stated, "just like the first episode, this one is definitely worth watching."[37] NPR stated the episode was an "explosion of good-hearted joy".[38] Michelle Obama shared the video on social media, adding, "I couldn't help but smile after watching this video with John Krasinski, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and the cast of Hamilton surprising a young fan, giving us all a little bit of joy at this difficult time."[39] Jimmy Traina of Sports Illustrated said the third episode "managed to create some damn good sports content—and some tears."[40]

AccoladesEdit

Some Good News won a Special Achievement Award at the 2020 Webby Awards.[41]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ivie, Devon (May 27, 2020). "John Krasinski Says He Didn't Sell Out Some Good News: It 'Wasn't Sustainable'". Vulture.
  2. ^ a b Strout, Paige (April 12, 2020). "Why TV Fans Should Be Watching John Krasinski's 'Some Good News'". TV Insider. Retrieved April 13, 2020.
  3. ^ Alexander, Julia (March 30, 2020). "The Office's John Krasinski launched a YouTube channel dedicated to good news". The Verge.
  4. ^ a b Goldberg, Lesley (May 21, 2020). "John Krasinski's 'Some Good News' Sells to ViacomCBS Following Massive Bidding War". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
  5. ^ "Meet John Krasinski's secret weapon that helped make 'Some Good News' a hit". fastcompany.com. May 28, 2020. Retrieved July 9, 2020.
  6. ^ a b Pesce, Nicole Lyn. "John Krasinski tries explaining to furious fans why he sold 'Some Good News' to CBS". MarketWatch. Retrieved 2020-05-29.
  7. ^ Jasevičiūtė, Andželika (March 29, 2020). "John Krasinski Shares Some Good News, Invites Steve Carell To Lift Up People's Spirits". Bored Panda. Retrieved April 13, 2020.
  8. ^ Pesce, Nicole Lyn (March 31, 2020). "John Krasinski and Steve Carell bring 'Some Good News' in a new YouTube series". Market Watch. Retrieved April 13, 2020.
  9. ^ Molina-Whyte, Linda (April 6, 2020). "John Krasinski's Some Good News brings together original Hamilton cast". Radio Times. Retrieved April 13, 2020.
  10. ^ Haylock, Zoe (April 6, 2020). "Hamilton Cast Reunion Happens in Separate Rooms". Vulture. Retrieved April 13, 2020.
  11. ^ Price, Joe (April 6, 2020). "John Krasinski Reunites Original Cast of 'Hamilton' for 'Some Good News' Show". Complex. Retrieved April 13, 2020.
  12. ^ Dumenco, Simon (April 6, 2020). "Episode 2 of John Krasinski's 'Some Good News' is Ridiculously Wonderful". Ad Age. Retrieved April 13, 2020.
  13. ^ Respers France, Lisa. "John Krasinski and David Ortiz surprise nurses and respiratory therapists to say thanks". CNN. Retrieved 13 April 2020.
  14. ^ Rorke, Robert. "John Krasinski scores health workers free AT&T, lifetime Red Sox tix". New York Post. Retrieved 24 April 2020.
  15. ^ "Watch Brad Pitt's Hilarious Weather Report for John Krasinski's 'SGN'". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved April 21, 2020.
  16. ^ "Watch weatherman Brad Pitt in action on John Krasinski's 'Some Good News'". Today.com. Retrieved April 21, 2020.
  17. ^ a b Ebrahimji, Alisha. "Newton's John Krasinski Hosts Virtual Senior Prom For Class Of 2020". CNN. Retrieved 23 April 2020.
  18. ^ Chitwood, Adam (April 20, 2020). "John Krasinski Recaps His Prom and Chats with Rainn Wilson in 'Some Good News' Episode 4". Collider. Retrieved April 21, 2020.
  19. ^ "John Krasinski's SOME GOOD NEWS Episode 4 Throws Prom 2020 With Chance the Rapper, The Jonas Brothers, and Billy Eilish Stopping By". GeekTyrant. Retrieved April 21, 2020.
  20. ^ "NASA astronauts on ISS tell John Krasinski that Earth is still beautiful". cnet. Retrieved April 24, 2020.
  21. ^ Ehrlich, Brenna (27 April 2020). "Martha Stewart, Guy Fieri, Stanley Tucci Throw Potluck With Fans on John Krasinski's 'Some Good News'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  22. ^ Kiefer, Halle (May 4, 2020). "Oprah, Jon Stewart Surprise Graduates With Some Sage Advice on John Krasinski's Some Good News". Vulture. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  23. ^ a b Bisset, Jennifer (May 4, 2020). "John Krasinski holds perfect virtual graduation featuring Oprah Winfrey". CNet. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  24. ^ Slane, Kevin (May 4, 2020). "'Some Good News' did a graduation episode, and John Krasinski got plenty of celebrity commencement speakers". Boston.com. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  25. ^ Proctor, Stephen (May 4, 2020). "Oprah and other stars help John Krasinski surprise 2020 grads on 'Some Good News'". Yahoo. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  26. ^ "John Krasinski Reunites 'Office' Cast to Surprise Newlyweds on 'Some Good News'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  27. ^ Seemayer, Zach (16 April 2020). "John Krasinski Announces He's DJing a Virtual Prom For High School Students". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved 23 April 2020.
  28. ^ Ehrlich, Brenna (April 20, 2020). "John Krasinski Threw an Online Prom With Billie Eilish, Chance the Rapper and the Jonas Brothers". Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
  29. ^ a b Gallucci, Nicole (April 18, 2020). "John Krasinski's virtual high school prom was truly a night to remember". Mashable. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
  30. ^ Kiefer, Halle (April 20, 2020). "John Krasinski Threw You a Quarantine Prom With Billie Eilish, Chance, and the Jonas Brothers". Vulture. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
  31. ^ Hale, James (30 March 2020). "John Krasinski Launches 'Some Good News' YouTube Channel, Gaining 330K Subscribers Overnight". Tubefilter. Retrieved 25 April 2020.
  32. ^ Alexander, Julia (March 30, 2020). "The Office's John Krasinski launched a YouTube channel dedicated to good news". The Verge. Retrieved April 13, 2020.
  33. ^ Rahman, Abid (April 5, 2020). "John Krasinski Returns With Second Episode of YouTube Show 'Some Good News'". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 13, 2020.
  34. ^ Gallucci, Nicole (April 2, 2020). "John Krasinski's Some Good News Twitter account will brighten your timeline". Mashable. Retrieved April 13, 2020.
  35. ^ Morse, Brandon (April 13, 2020). "John Krasinski Continues to Be a National Treasure With Some Sports Good News". RedState. Retrieved April 13, 2020.
  36. ^ Kaufman, Hayley (April 17, 2020). "How John Krasinski and 'Some Good News' won the quarantine internet". Boston Globe. Retrieved April 24, 2020.
  37. ^ Goins-Phillips, Tré (April 11, 2020). "'Office' Star John Krasinski Keeps the Good News Flowing in Epic Second Episode of 'SGN'". CBN News. Retrieved April 13, 2020.
  38. ^ Thompson, Stephen (April 6, 2020). "'Hamilton' Cast Reunites For Emily Blunt, John Krasinski And One Lucky 9-Year-Old". NPR. Retrieved April 13, 2020.
  39. ^ Aniftos, Rania (April 7, 2020). "'Michelle Obama Says John Krasinski's 'Hamilton' Reunion Made Her 'Smile'". Billboard. Retrieved April 24, 2020.
  40. ^ Traina, Jimmy (April 13, 2020). "John Krasinski Surprises Hospital Workers With Trip to Fenway, Lifetime Season Tickets: TRAINA THOUGHTS". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved April 13, 2020.
  41. ^ Kastrenakes, Jacob (20 May 2020). "Here are all the winners of the 2020 Webby Awards". The Verge. Retrieved 22 May 2020.

External linksEdit