Published 6:25 PM EDT May 22, 2020
Do you want to hear the good news or bad news first?
John Krasinski has sold his feel-good web series “Some Good News” to ViacomCBS following a massive bidding war.
“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,” Krasinski tweeted following the announcement. “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!”
In a statement posted to Twitter, CBS said: “On @johnkrasinski’s very first episode of @somegoodnews, he asked why has there never been a news show dedicated entirely to good news. Well, we at CBS agree and we are proud to welcome SGN to @CBS and the @CBSNews family.”
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Krasinski created the YouTube web series during the coronavirus pandemic to focus entirely on positive and inspiring stories, a welcome change to many looking for an escape from the COVID-19 news cycle and quarantine. In two months alone, “Some Good News” has garnered over 71 million views and 2.57 million subscribers on YouTube.
The actor produced eight free episodes on YouTube, including an “Office” reunion, “Hamilton” performance, online graduations and virtual prom with special guests.
On the eighth episode earlier this week, Krasinski announced that “we’re taking a break for now, but there is more to come! Stay tuned.”
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The bad news? Krasinski will no longer be hosting new episodes following the acquisition, although he will serve as an executive producer. (A new host has not been named yet.)
That news didn’t sit well with some fans.
Twitter user @lindseyweber wrote, “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.”
“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?” tweeted @Lons.
@Leah_rants added: “Finding out Some Good News #SGN has been sold to be put behind a paywall on #CBSAllaccess is so disheartening. ‘Yeah, you can have your good news, if you pay us 5.99 a month for it.’ Way to completely lose the integrity behind it.”
Others took the news in stride.
“Good for @johnkrasinski for creating this wonderful series, and good for CBS for buying it. It’s a great fit,” tweeted former Arizona Senator Jeff Flake.
User @thekrasinskis2 added, “Forever thankful for john krasinski who had the idea to make a show to bring people good news in a world that is ruled by hate 7 years ago and then decided to start it in the middle of a pandemic to make people feel better and less anxious.”
“The only acceptable alternate host for Some Good News is Randall Park introducing himself as John Krasinski,” @chastity_v joked.
USA TODAY reached out to a representative for Krasinski for comment.
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