Formerly known as the infamous Jim Halpert on The Office and recently known for his work on The Quiet Place franchise, John Krasinski decided to take matters into his own hands to cultivate and spread positivity on the internet. On March 25th 2020 , Krasinski tweeted, “Alright everybody, how about #SomeGoodNews! Send me the stories that have made you feel good this week or the things that just made you smile!” With 2,000 replies and counting, this tweet received many responses showcasing good deeds in our communities, families spending time together, funny memes, cute puppies, and other good news.
There is no doubt that COVID-19 took over social media in recent months and weeks. We are constantly bombarded with news about the virus that currently sweeps the world. In a stressful time like this, we need bright souls and hopeful people to illuminate the positivity around us and remind each other of the good in times of the bad which is exactly what John Krasinski set out to do.
John instantly brought a smile to my face when he introduced the show with, “Good evening everybody, even though it is very clearly the afternoon.” He goes on to discuss how he wondered why no one created a news show solely dedicated to the good things that are happening. “…I thought, alright. Enough is enough world. Why not us? Why not now? So, ladies and gentlemen, this is your fault, and this is SGN. I’m John Krasinski, and if it isn’t clear yet, I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing…”.
The first of his good news highlights touched on the brave and hardworking healthcare workers risking their lives to save others as Krasinski shared a number of videos revealing how people all over the world extending their gratitude towards the nurses and doctors on the front lines. From people cheering on balconies to policemen flashing their lights to navy sailors clapping from the decks of their ships and even underwater, there is no shortage of appreciation radiating all across the globe.
Krasinski also shared some personal news as he held up a photo of himself as Jim Halpert and announced, “And on a personal note, this week actually brought a whole lot of good news because it marked 15 years since this haircut was born.” If you have ever watched The Office, you know which haircut he is talking about: the iconic Bieber Swoop that was every teenage girl’s dream; the one he wore surprisingly well. He goes on to mention how it was The Office’s 15th anniversary and what good is it to talk about the show without the help of the infamous Michael Scott?
He decided to add a fun spin to his video by inviting Steve Carell as a guest, and I bet every fan of The Office was screaming externally or internally. They recapped some of their favorite moments of the show and added some funny scenes and bloopers bound to make anyone laugh.
Now, it was inevitable that there were going to be heartwarming stories and lots of laughter packed into his video, but Krasinski really pulled on the heartstrings. Another guest star was Coco, a 15-year-old girl who recently finished her last round of chemo and finally able to go home. On her way there, she saw her friends and family cheering for her in their cars and on the streets with signs and music while social distancing. John decided to hop on video chat and speak with her about the video and how much he loved her reaction to her surprise. He says, “What’s amazing about it is I’m doing this very silly thing of starting a Good News network and a television show where we only play good news. And, I don’t know if I can do another one after this because you’re the best news there is! You’re like the mic-drop of all good news! It’s over now!”
To finish the first edition of his new series he signs off by saying, “I’m John Krasinski, this is SGN asking you to remember that no matter how tough life can get, there’s always good in the world. And, we will see you next time...” The first release of Some Good News encompassed everything we need to see right now. He brought endless amounts of humor, good memories, and inspiring stories to make the show all-around refreshing. I will definitely be tuning in for more, and you should too.