There is some good news for Some Good News, John Krasinski’s YouTube series launched during the coronavirus pandemic.
The “news show dedicated entirely to good news” is hitting the big time. Krasinski has licensed the viral show to ViacomCBS following a massive bidding war.
The feel-good web series has been a bright spot amid the ongoing pandemic. It debuted on March 30th, with an episode featuring former The Office co-star Steve Carell.
Through the eight-episode run, Krasinski managed to pull in an array of top talent, including appearances by Brad Pitt, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Steven Spielberg, Jon Stewart and Oprah Winfrey — the show even featured a reunion of the Hamilton cast.
Each episode netted more than 2 million views on YouTube, with some reaching as many as 12 million viewers. So, it’s no surprise that the media conglomerate ViacomCBS was ready and willing to pick the show up.
“Could not be more excited and proud to be partnering with CBS/Viacom to be able to bring Some Good News to so many more people!” Krasinski said Thursday in a statement. “From the first episode, our goal was to create a news show dedicated entirely to good news. Never did I expect to be joining the ranks of such a historic news organization as CBS.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, sources say that Krasinski initially resisted selling the series, though he received an influx of incoming calls from various broadcast networks and streaming services. Originally, the actor and director planned to continue making SGN for his wide YouTube audience.
I guess ViacomCBS made him a deal he couldn’t resist.
From the beginning, Krasinski self-financed and self-produced the weekly web episodes.
Corporate sponsors did start to infiltrate the series, in the form of giveaways. For instance, the Boston Red Sox supplied tickets to future games, while AT&T supplied free service to nurses and physicians on the frontlines.
But now, as the show moves to the media conglomerate’s network, Krasinski won’t need to worry about tripods, cloud services security, and homemade signs anymore.
The series will be produced in-house via Comedy Central Productions.
“Comedy Central Productions is excited to partner with John and bring his beloved Some Good News to audiences around the world through ViacomCBS’ family of brands,” said Chris McCarthy, Entertainment & Youth Group president.
Unfortunately for Krasinski’s biggest fans, the Jack Ryan star will no longer serve as host. He will still produce the show and is expected to maintain an on-air presence, but a new host will he chosen at a later date.