If you are running out of feel-good news and videos to lift your morale, let actor John Krasinski’s YouTube videos series Some Good News guide you. The actor, best known for his role as Jim Halpert in the US edition of mockumentary The Office and more recently as Jack Ryan, started Some Good News on March 29, 2020.
As the name suggests, the web series is dedicated to positive news from across the world with Krasinski operating inside his home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Season one of the eight-episode web series came to a conclusion with Krasinski’s hosting a community-themed episode. In a tearjerker of a season finale, Krasinski said, “On a very personal note, I can tell you that I will never be able to properly articulate just how much this show has meant to me, and what a tremendous honor it has been to share in all of it with you. I assure you, all the pleasure and all the inspiration has been mine.”
The successful Season one of Some Good News had some incredible and memorable moments—Krasinski managed to rally together the cast of The Office, including Steve Carell and Mindy Kaling, for a Zoom wedding who also danced with pure abandon to celebrate the nuptials of Susan John. John had proposed to Susan the same way Jim Halpert proposed to Pam Beesly in The Office. He even managed to get the cast of the hit Broadway musical, Hamilton, to perform over a Zoom call for a nine-year-old Aubrey for her birthday! The young Hamilton fan had expressed her sadness for missing the show thanks to the lockdown, on Twitter. SGN also found a unique way to celebrate Prom and Graduation for the Class of 2020, which led students, world over, to celebrate their special day virtually.
Success of Some Good News with 2.52 million subscribers has spread much needed positivity and hope, so much so that ViacomCBS has bought the licences for the show and will be aired on the streaming service, CBS All Access. Alas, John Krasinski will be hanging up his suit as a host to take on the role of a producer. Who will be the new host of SGN, is the question of the hour? A decision is yet to be made.
Krasinski’s effort to spread goodwill in these difficult times has not been in vain and has led many individuals—SGN Correspondents—to share ‘good news’ as well.
In India, Malini Agarwal, founder and creative director of digital platform MissMalini, has initiated Some Good News India Edition. “When I watched John Krasinski's Some Good News for the first time, I was smiling throughout the episode. It resonated a lot with me personally as well as our brand,” she explains to LF as to why she started her own version of the web series, “to bring everyone some good news for a much-needed breather.”
Currently, Agarwal has aired three of the 10 episodes on MissMalini’s YouTube channel. “We might just continue after that too! We'll definitely come back again with a new season or perhaps a new show to continue spreading the cheer.” Agarwal is a strong proponent of hate-free digital world and Some Good News India Edition along with her other initiative ‘The Girl Tribe’ is a part of that vision. “Amidst all the trolling and cyber bullying, we see a lot of collaborative work, people lifting each other up and endless love and support amongst many digital influencers and social media users. I think the more love you give the more you receive - and then there's no place for hate. A lot of other creators and celebs are also readily agreeing to be a part of SGN and we are grateful for their unconditional support.” Two episodes have already aired featuring Hrithik Roshan, Vidyut Jammwal, Shibani Kashyap, Shenaz Treasurywala, Sonu Sood, Anushka Manchanda and Aadil Khan.