BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — After a major bidding war, actor John Krasinski has sold his feel-good YouTube show Some Good News to ViacomCBS. According to the network, the show will have some notable differences when it returns.
In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Krasinski created Some Good News, a webseries featuring himself reporting on uplifting news stories during quarantine.
The line-up also included events like a virtual prom for seniors and a reunion with his co-stars from The Office. Eight episodes and more than 70 million views later, the Newton-native announced the sale of SGN.
"From the first episode, our goal was to create a news show dedicated entirely to good news," said Krasinski. "Never did I expect to be joining the ranks of such a historic news organization as CBS."
According to CBS, Some Good News will still bring viewers positive news stories upon its return, but there will also be a few changes.
First, what had been a free-to-watch webseries will now be made primarily available on the network's on-demand streaming service CBS All Access, which starts at $5.99 per month.
However, SGN said on Twitter the show "will be available on multiple platforms and we’re working towards having it as accessible as possible."
Second, episodes will no longer be filmed inside Krasinski's house with a hand-made sign created by his children hanging on the wall. Instead, it will now be produced in-house by Comedy Central Productions, which also has an ownership stake in the show.
“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 Entertainment and Youth Group President Chris McCarthy in a statement.
Third, and perhaps most noticeably, John Krasinksi will no longer be the host of SGN.
While there has been no word yet on who will host the show after the acquisition, or when it will return to screens, Krasinski will still have some sort of on-screen presence, and he will have a role as an executive producer.
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