Like the rest of us, former “The Office” actor John Krasinski got tired of seeing nothing but bad news whenever he flipped on the television and as a result, decided to take matters into his own hands.
Creating his own low-budget, self-produced show on YouTube called “Some Good News” Krasinski delivered a weekly dose of feel-goods, showing you the best of humanity while we went through the lockdown due to COVID-19. Since then, Krasinski has thrown a prom for students unable to attend one, married a couple with the entire Office cast in attendance, and even assembled the cast of Hamilton to sing for a little girl who couldn’t see the Broadway show for herself.
It became a crowd favorite with over 2.5 million subscribers and millions of hits an episode. What’s more, the community that was created around it has taken on a life of its own. SGN’s Twitter profile is filled to the brim with fan art, episodes regular people have created, and more, all trying to spread good news.
SGN’s final episode, called the “Community Episode” features a lot of this very thing.
To be realistic, Krasinski couldn’t do this forever. He is, after all, a very popular actor with an amazing career. As such, Krasinski sold SGN off to ViacomCBS for an unknown amount of money. The show will continue on, but Krasinski will no longer be hosting it.
Wow who can believe when we started this thing together we all just wanted good news to be more fully represented in our everyday lives. And now? You quite literally ARE the good news! Thanks to you, SGN lives on, joining the ranks of this historic news network! See you all soon! https://t.co/gB3CSBHwjv
— John Krasinski (@johnkrasinski) May 22, 2020
Firstly, it should be noted that the vast majority of the show’s fans saluted Krasinski and what he did, and it should be recognized that what he did was amazing. Few people could develop such a vast participating community revolving around the good news seen all around the world.
That said, this has caused something of a backlash among fans. While Krasinski has received a fair amount of praise for his efforts, selling it off to a corporation who will now keep the show behind a paywall with CBS All Access has caused some to view Krasinski as a sellout. Most, however, seem to be sad that SGN will be without Krasinski himself, seeing as how a lot of the show’s charm was based around Krasinski’s personality.
JOHN THE ONLY REASON WE LOVED IT WAS BECAUSE YOU HOSTED IT. Now if i want good news I'm just gonna google it… =( pic.twitter.com/zMxCbiwwnZ
— Vhantera (@IamVhantera) May 22, 2020
BUT WE NEED YOU AS A HOST
— pau (@emilysxtequila) May 22, 2020
This was all about money?
— Jud Mallini, CFP® (@CompletePlanner) May 22, 2020
remember when he created this free feel good YouTube show to “make people feel good” and now he is…………….selling it for $$$? really cool, 100% honorable https://t.co/XhVSYEHLt0
— LW (@lindseyweber) May 21, 2020
You have my sword
— Katie Walsh (@katiewalshstx) May 21, 2020
— 🌈Lwaxanalog (@FriederJim) May 22, 2020
So he made 8 YouTube videos comprised largely of unpaid contributions from fans, sold the brand to a major conglomerate, and isn't even going to make it anymore? Just cashed out? Does this rub anyone else the wrong way, kinda? https://t.co/7OlRIouJKM
— Lon Harris (@Lons) May 22, 2020
While it is sad that SGN will now be a corporatized entity, I think Krasinski is doing nothing wrong with selling the show. As I said above, he clearly can’t do this forever and at some point, someone was going to have to take over. Selling his idea off is a smart business move, all things considered.
While there is concern about what CBS considers to be “good news,” the actor laid down the groundwork that can’t be missed. The show isn’t about him. It’s not about celebrities either. It’s about the people.
America’s Funniest Home Videos has a similar formula. The show’s content is generated by shows and stories of kindness and generosity with ads in between. This is some good news as America being America, SGN will never run out of content thanks to the generosity and kindness of Americans. However, it should be understood that the kindness and generosity shown by Americans are done, in part, thanks to the abundance America produces and it produces that thanks to the capitalist system that allows the buying and selling of goods.
Some goods even come in the form of feel-good YouTube shows.
Krasinski is far from being the bad guy here.