After putting out a call to his Twitter followers for good news during this global crisis, the Jack Ryan star got so much of it that he decided to make it into a show.
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!— John Krasinski (@johnkrasinski) March 25, 2020
From home quarantine — presumably the Brooklyn condo he shares with wife Emily Blunt and their two children — the actor launched his first show on Sunday and it already has more than 1.5 million views on YouTube.
During the 15-minute show, in which he dressed in a suit jacket (and “jams” on the bottom) amid set decor like an “I heart dad” sign, he played the role of news anchor, delivering positive news stories exclusively. He even had a “SGN” logo, which was a quarantine art project completed by his daughters, Hazel and Violet. (NYC is the epicenter of the U.S. coronavirus. The state has seen more than 66,000 people test positive for COVID-19.)
While he claimed to have “no idea” what he was doing, he perfectly executed segments showing thanks to medical professionals for being in the frontlines. He also shared other stories of love and kindness, including a man singing “Amazing Grace” to his wife through the window at her nursing home because he’s not allowed inside, and the 15-year-old California girl, Courtney "Coco" Johnson, who returned home after her last chemotherapy treatment to find her friends throwing her an epic welcome home party — with social distance in mind. (Krasinski later interviewed Coco, calling her his “hero.” Try not to cry watching it.)
Krasinski then noted it had been 15 years since The Office debuted on March 24, 2005, and threw it to his “entertainment correspondent,” Carell, who only made it online thanks to his wife, Nancy, setting up Zoom for him. The former co-stars talked about the show and how it made them both stars — and how it lives on with people continuing to find it (including in quarantine).
Krasinski and Carell shared their favorite episodes — Carell talked about Michael Scott buying the microscopic plasma TV and an outtake showed them hysterical shooting it. He also liked the fun run episode, noting it was “105 degrees out” shooting it, and they talked about Michael playing Santa with Brian Baumgartner, who was Kevin, sitting on Carell’s lap. Carell also recalled how great Krasinski was when his Jim channeled Dwight.
They also talked about how it took some 19 takes to film Carell’s last episode — as he departed two seasons before the show ended, in 2013, to focus on his film career.
“That was a hard one,” Carell said. “That was tough. Some of my most fond memories, personally or professionally, are intwined and connected with that show.”
“Without a doubt,” Krasinski added.
They also addressed The Office reunion rumors, saying they just want to reunite as actors to catch up as they all haven’t seen much of each other.
“Just to see your face is so great,” The Morning Show actor said.
Krasinski wrapped up his new show by saying, “This is SGN asking you to remember no matter how tough life can get, there’s always good in the world.” He later wrote on social media that he was “blown away” by the success of the debut — and asked people to continue sending him good news.
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