With many lives turned upside down, constant news coverage on the COVID-19 pandemic death toll and the global economy tanking has created a crisis of emotional wellbeing. That’s where John Krasinski decided to step in.
In his debut Youtube video, “Some Good News with John Krasinski Episode 1” he explained the purpose of his new show.
“For years now I’ve been wondering: why is there not a news show dedicated entirely to good news?”
John took to Twitter on March 25 and asked people to send in any good news; something uplifting and cheerful, contrary to the never-ending stream of Coronavirus news coverage. Episode one on his Youtube channel covered the heartwarming stories of people showing gratitude for healthcare workers during the pandemic. John’s coverage showed videos of people cheering from their apartment balconies, hospital beds, and squad cars. One photo, in particular, showed a man standing outside a hospital window holding a sign that said, “Thank you all in emergency for saving my wife’s life. I love you all.”
Along with the positive news, John Krasinski dedicated showtime to entertainment. The Office cast member Steve Carell was interviewed on the show in addition to an appearance of the hit Broadway cast of Hamilton, who performed a song.
In episode four of SGN titled “Prom 2020”, Krasinski dressed up in a full tuxedo and live-streamed music complete with A-list artists such as the Jonas Brothers and Billie Eilish for high schoolers all across the country who missed their Junior and Senior year proms due to the pandemic.
In the comments one user praised the variety show, saying, “It may seem like a small thing, but SGN really makes this whole quarantine easier. I have something to look forward to each week.”
Other influential celebrities have also taken to the internet to spread virtual inspiration and happiness. Jimmy Fallon, host of “The Tonight Show” has continued to create at-home content while the virus has forced the studio to shut down.
Closing out one of his episodes, John reminded his viewers, “remember that no matter how tough life can get, there’s always good in the world.”