It’s very difficult for us to reserve judgment on this news but here goes: John Krasinski’s very popular (and free) series, Some Good News is headed to CBS All Access (not free) — and Krasinski will not be hosting (some bad news). Apparently, there was a major bidding war to acquire the YouTube series which was created to bring the world some much needed…good news…and ViacomCBS, one of the largest conglomerates in the world, has emerged as the victor.
Krasinski’s YouTube channel dedicated to the show has only been active for 2 months but has gained over 2.56 million subscribers. Certain episodes have even exceeded 17 million views. Probably because John Krasinski is America’s new Tom Hanks in that everyone loves his charming neighborly personality, and because the show felt like a labor of love which brought happy tears to everyone in the world during a time filled with super sad tears.
It is unclear who will host or what format the show will take, but it’s being reported that after streaming on CBS All Access, Some Good News (if that’s still its real name), “will have a multiplatform showcase across all of the conglomerate’s brands.” According to the same report, Krasinski was initially hesitant to sell the series as he wanted the show to be available to a wide audience free of charge. But, money is great and everyone loves it — John Krasinski included. He will still serve as a producer on the show, which will now cost $5.99/month to access with your CBS All Access subscription.
“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!” Krasinski said Thursday in a statement (which makes little sense seeing as though you can’t get a wider audience than free YouTube). “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.”
Alright. While we clearly don’t love this news, we will still hold out hope that it can be good. If anyone was a major fan of the British Office, then you clearly remember the loud scoff you gave one you heard the news that NBC was making an American rip-off. That show turned out to be pretty damn good, so for now, for the moment: In Krasinski We Trust. Don’t let us down, Halpert!