Jeff Solomon | We Do Need Good News

Letters to the Editor
Letters to the Editor

UPDATED with editor’s note re: Krasinski deal with CBS Viacom.

In response to Ron Perry’s question (letters, April 2) about where John Krasinski is: The answer is counting his money from the lucrative deal he made with CBS Viacom after what one trade publication dubbed “a massive bidding war.” 

I, too, loved the feel-good nature of “Some Good News” during the pandemic when we needed something like that. I don’t begrudge anyone for making millions of dollars, but to me and many others, the spirit of “Some Good News” was tainted here, and he took some heat for this choice. It may have gone to their paid CBS All Access platform, which I don’t pay for. Google this, and you will see what happened. 

Beyond all that, yeah, we need SOME GOOD NEWS!

Jeff Solomon

Santa Clarita

Editor’s note: After this letter was published, a reader alerted us that the deal with CBS Viacom apparently was scrapped, according to a May 2021 interview of Krasinski published in the New York Times. Below is an excerpt from that interview:

But an announcement last spring that he had licensed “Some Good News” to ViacomCBS, which planned to turn it into a streaming series, drew some fan complaints that the deal undercut the altruistic spirit of the show. Krasinski now says that plans for any adaptations have been dropped.

“ViacomCBS and I were trying to figure out a way to make it into an actual weekly news show,” he said, “but in the end we both agreed not to move forward and keep it in its original format.” (ViacomCBS declined to comment.)

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