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John Krasinski is ready to spread “some good news” ahead of the holidays.
After concluding an eight-episode run of his DIY web series Some Good News earlier this year, the actor took on hosting duties once again with a holiday episode of Some Good News on Sunday. Krasinski kicked off his show by sharing some questionable fan art of himself he saw on the internet.
“Now if you’re like me, this is without a doubt, as the song says, the most wonderful time of the year. It was until I logged back onto the internet,” he said at the top of his show. After one drawing seemed to resemble Justin Timberlake as opposed to Krasinski, the actor quipped that it was a “not-so-subtle hint” from the internet “that it would prefer to have this show hosted by one Justin Timberlake.” To rub it in more, a video message of Timberlake showed briefly in which he told Krasinski he’d host immediately. “Guys! What the …,” Krasinski yelled only to smile and say, “There’s no one here.”
Krasinski continued the show by sharing heartfelt stories including one of someone purchasing an apartment for his friend Robin, who had been living on the streets for over 20 years, and celebrating that the first vaccines have been delivered. “So goodbye 2020, and here’s to a much, much happier new year.”
To take a break from the news, Krasinski recruited George Clooney to give an update on the weather — Brad Pitt served as the show’s “weatherman” in a previous episode. In a video message, Clooney comically peeks up at the sky as he analyzes the weather. “Looks good. Looks pretty good,” he says before going back to Krasinski.
For his final segment, called “Parents That Rock!”, Krasinski welcomed a widowed father of two, Jay Abel, who lost his wife years ago and was selling his comic book merchandise on eBay to help pay for his kids’ Christmas gifts.
“I think your story is my favorite story this holiday season. It is just like super dad stuff,” Krasinski told Abel. The actor also told Abel that he tried to purchase his items but his transaction was canceled. “Did you cancel my order because you thought I was a creep?” Krasinski asked. “I thought you were a scammer, yes,” Abel responded laughing.
Hoping to recruit someone who could truly help Abel, Krasinski welcomed “the big man in the suit” to join them. Dwayne Johnson then joined Krasinski on the show dressed in a “Dwanta Clause” costume to ask Abel how he could be of help. Johnson also said Abel’s tweet to him moved him because he simply asked for a retweet of his eBay store link.
“I thought Dwanta Clause can do better than a retweet,” Johnson told him. “I want you to take all of your stuff off of eBay, because Dwanta Clause is going to take care of all of that stuff, man,” Johnson said after hearing the man’s story.
Johnson, who is starring in the upcoming Black Adam film, also offered to fly Abel out to Southern California after the pandemic was over to visit the DC Universe. “We’ll show you around, give you a whole bunch of cool DC swag,” Johnson said before teasing another surprise.
“Because I know that you are a big collector of comic book memorabilia, I got a little something special cooking up for you,” he said, explaining that he intends to bind and sign his copy of the film’s script and send it to Abel.
“Your story is an inspiration. You are an inspiration. Not only to myself, to Dwanta Clause, but certainly to John, certainly to everybody who hears your story,” he said. “You represent so many parents around the world who are going through the struggle this Christmas.”
Johnson also announced that sponsor FedEx has donated $5 million to the Toys for Tots holiday toy drive.
When closing his show, Krasinski shared some words of encouragement for viewers: “The next time you’re looking for some good news, just remember, you are the good news.”
Krasinski started his DIY series in March while stuck at home during the pandemic lockdowns. Running for eight full episodes on YouTube, the series highlighted positive pandemic stories from around the world, as well as thanking front line health care and essential service workers. Krasinski also recruited famous friends for skits and musical numbers, including reunions of the Office crew and the original Broadway cast of Hamilton.
Krasinski sold his web series to ViacomCBS after it garnered tens of millions of views in just two short months.
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