John Krasinski's Some Good News weekly YouTube series is moving to CBS All Access after a huge bidding war. Krasinski wrapped up the series last weekend after 8 weeks. He will not be returning as the host when the series comes back, though he'll be on board as a producer. Viacom and CBS have yet to announce who will be taking over hosting duties from Krasinski. After the episodes stream on All Access, they'll "move to a number of the company's linear networks."
John Krasinski started Some Good News as a way for people to get exactly what the title implies. It's no secret that the world is going through some tough times at the moment, so Krasinski took tools at his disposal and decided to make a web series that people could tune into each week to forget about what's going on outside. The former Jim Halpert actor married a couple via Zoom, hosted a prom, had the cast of Hamilton serenade a woman who had purchased tickets to see them perform live, and completed a ton of other great deeds in just two months.
Charity was a big part of Some Good News and it is believed that element will continue. According to sources, a bidding war started after the first episode aired. Since then, the YouTube channel gained over 2 million subscribers with around 17 million viewers tuning into each episode. Krasinski released a statement which you can read below.
"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! 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."
As it turns out, John Krasinski came up with the idea for Some Good News seven years ago and thought now would be the perfect time to make it a reality. After the first few episodes aired, Krasinski was offered deals from major networks, but he was reluctant to sell the show at first. He did, however, take on corporate sponsors to help with the charitable portions of the show. The actor was clearly emotional when he signed off for the last episode over this past weekend.
While John Krasinski took on corporate sponsors, Some Good News was entirely self-financed by the actor. It will be interesting to see how the series does without Krasinski on board as host, even though he'll still be around behind-the-scenes to make sure the show keeps the same tone he created. Even when this is all over, the world is still going to need some good news. Luckily, Some Good News will be returning to deliver on that premise in the coming months. The Hollywood Reporter was the first to announce the new home for Some Good News.