John Krasinski’s 'Some Good News' is headed to TV without its famous host

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May 22, 2020 12:05 p.m. EST
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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 09:  John Krasinski visits "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" at the Ed Sullivan Theater on March 9, 2020 in New York City.  (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images) NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 09: John Krasinski visits "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" at the Ed Sullivan Theater on March 9, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
Following in the footsteps of James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke and Jimmy Fallon’s Lip Sync Battle, John Krasinski’s viral hit Some Good News is now being expanded but without its famous host. Krasinski shared his good news on Thursday, announcing that his feel-good web show will live on in a much larger capacity.Krasinski is partnering with CBS and Viacom to expand the SGN web series into a full-fledged TV show. Krasinski will not be hosting the TV version of his celebrated series but will have a "recurring presence" and stay on as executive producer. What that entails and how often fans will get to see Krasinski is unclear. Neither "The Office" alum nor CBS and Viacom have announced any kind of timeline for the show. Although productions on all major scripted series are currently shut down, Krasinski’s SGN was born out of a desire for new material during the ongoing global pandemic, so it's possible that the TV version could continue in a remote capacity without much delay.[video_embed id='1957077']RELATED: 'The Office' cast reunites for a fan's wedding on 'Some Good News'[/video_embed]"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 in an official statement released on Thursday. “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."After production on his film A Quiet Place 2 was shut down due to COVID-19, Krasinski shifted his focus to creating the weekly inspirational show. Kicking off his debut episode on March 29, Krasinski reunited with his Office costar Steve Carell and in between clips celebrating health care and essential workers, the two men reminisced about their time working together on the beloved sitcom, which debuted 15 years ago.The overwhelming positive response to the first episode pushed Krasinski to release a total of eight installments of SGN, which included another Office reunion, a performance from the cast of Hamilton, a virtual prom with headliners the Jonas Brothers and Billie Eilish, and a pseudo-graduation ceremony that  featured cameos from Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg. Weekly weather updates were provided by Robert DeNiro, Brad Pitt and Emma Stone, and Krasinski’s wife Emily Blunt also made a cameo during the first batch of episodes. We’re not sure how a TV show is going to top any of this, but the assumption is viewers will be curious enough to tune in and find out.Though celebrity names helped the show grab weekly headlines, it was Krasinski’s commitment to showcasing small and large acts of kindness around the world by everyday people that made the series so uplifting and special. Krasinski ended SGN on May 17, fighting back tears for his final sendoff. “I told you from the very first episode, I only deliver the good news. You are the good news,” he said. “And that’s why every single week if you can look through the goofy guy wearing half a suit, you’d see what resilience really looks like. What unbroken really means. And through witnessing every simple act of kindness and generosity, you would see what the true definition of good really is.”[video_embed id='1918161']RELATED: Emily Blunt doesn't think Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively would survive in 'A Quiet Place'[/video_embed]

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