With the COVID-19 pandemic still very much loose and wreaking havoc across the globe, celebrities that are currently stuck in lockdown keep finding creative ways to provide entertainment for people in self-isolation. John Krasinski, best known for ‘A Quiet Place’ (2018), ‘Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan’ (2018) and ‘The Office’ (2005-2013), is the latest to try his hand at some light-hearted humour. He has recently posted the first edition of his ‘Some Good News’ YouTube series, aiming to inject optimism into the current climate with a show entirely dedicated to positive news segments.

The actor and director records his show in front of a colourful ‘SGN’ sign made by his daughter, and his debut guest for this particular episode is former ‘Office’ co-star Steve Carell. Since the current news cycle is tortuous to journalists and readers alike, watching Krasinski’s web show feels like a breath of fresh air.


‘For years now I have been wondering, ‘Why is there not a news show dedicated entirely to good news?’ Desperately seeking my fix, I reached out to all of you this week begging for some good news, boy did you deliver’, said Krasinski.

The fifteen-minute episode focuses on the incredible work being done by healthcare workers, along with the heartfelt appreciation towards their efforts and bravery, plus numerous other stories of pure goodness from around the world. Krasinski also notes that this week marks fifteen years since the U.S. version of ‘The Office’, which made him famous, premiered. To celebrate this anniversary, he and Steve Carell have a fun virtual chat about it.

‘I was a waiter when I got that job, after the pilot I went back to waiting tables because I was sure nothing was going to happen with it’, Krasinki recalls during ‘Some Good News’.

‘It’s such a happy surprise that after all these years people are still tuning in’, Carell says. ‘Part of what was so much fun about it is that everybody in the cast was rooting for everybody else, people would step back when it was time for other people to shine, and celebrate it.’

The pair also glossed over their favourite moments of the critically acclaimed series, including the famous dinner party episode where Carell’s Michael Scott invests in a plasma TV, and the scene where Krasinski’s character walks into the Dunder Mifflin office dressed as Dwight Schrute, his co-worker and the man responsible for some of the most memorable quotes in television comedy.

This first ‘Some Good News’ episode features a video link with Coco, a young girl who recently came home after her last chemotherapy treatment. Coco thanks her nurses and doctors and kindly reminds the audience to stay home in order to protect vulnerable people, particularly those like her with weakened immune systems.

We’re not sure when the next episode will stream, but Krasinski did add ‘we might just do this again’ in his sign-off, and judging by the online replies and feedback, he’s definitely doing something right in these trying times.