September 24th, 2009
01:11 PM ET

Finding the good, and answering questions

The response to our initial "Find The Good" blog entry was gratifying - you do want more than gossip about stars' hookups, breakups, meltdowns and arrests!  I can't promise we'll feature such stories daily, or even weekly, but your feedback was great - including some questions which deserve answers.

Why aren't there entire shows dedicated to "Good News"? Because, sadly, most attempts to do so have failed.  Yes, there are local stations with small "good news" segments, and a growing number of Web sites that highlight these kinds of stories, but on a bigger scale, they just don't get the ratings.  (That's a challenge to you,  the viewers and Web surfers who create the ratings!)

Why don't you spotlight the good work done by athletes/churches/"regular" people? For the same reason you don't see stock quotes in the sports section of the newspaper: because I'm an entertainment producer, writing for an entertainment blog.  Stories here have to have some connection to the entertainment world.

Why did you write about something that happened nearly three weeks ago? Yeah, sorry about that one.  I didn't hear about it until a week or so after it happened, and then we were prepping for Emmy coverage, and frankly I forgot about it until yesterday, when the flood of disturbing showbiz-related stories got so bad, I actually asked myself aloud "isn't anything good happening I can write about today?"  And then I remembered, and "Find The Good" was born.

But since you asked, yes, there is more good stuff happening:

– Last week, comedian Eddie Izzard completed an astounding task: running more than 1,100 miles in seven weeks for charity.  Now, I've run a few marathons, and each time, I spent months training, and then weeks afterward recovering.  Izzard, who has a history of charitable work but not athleticism, trained for about five weeks, then ran 43 marathons in 51 days, jogging through England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland.  He blogged along the way, raising awareness and money for projects in poverty-stricken areas of Africa and elsewhere.  Simply amazing.

– In keeping with the theme of pushing physical limits, Jessica Biel, Lupe Fiasco, Isabel Lucas, and possibly Justin Timberlake reportedly are planning to climb 19,000-foot-plus Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak, to raise awareness for the need for clean water worldwide.  Singer and producer Kenna, whose father suffered from waterborne diseases while growing up in Ethiopia, came up with the idea for the "Summit on the Summit" expedition, set for January.

– And proving you can have fun and do good at the same time, there's Band From TV.  No, that's not a typo: it's a musical group composed of TV actors who play rock 'n' roll for charitable causes.  The group includes Greg Grunberg and Adrian Pasdar from "Heroes," James Denton and Teri Hatcher from "Desperate Housewives," Hugh Laurie and Jesse Spencer from "House," and "Bachelor" Bob Guiney.  Their shows are a blast, and knowing you're helping a good cause in the process just adds to the fun.

Okay, celebs!  These stars - and our readers - have thrown down the gauntlet: use your fame for something besides getting into exclusive clubs, tony restaurants, and gossip magazines.  We're watching ...

soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. sharyn

    I want to know why Tyra Banks said that she has been discriminated against when she has $millions$ and the majority given to her by white people? Come back...

    September 25, 2009 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Happy!

    Please keep the good news coming!

    September 25, 2009 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  3. Claire Burke

    We've just started doing this at work for our internal newsletter – makes you feel good to hear other stories, especially these days! Thanks!

    September 25, 2009 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  4. Tracy

    Pleaese keep this going....,,,we have enough gossip, bad news and salacious garbage.......keep the GOOD News train running because we need it.

    September 25, 2009 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  5. Pleasure

    Thank you very much! Such a breath of fresh air to hear about celebrity good deeds. A group of celebrities from the UK recently did a Mt. K. climb for charity – a couple of them even had injuries – and all made it to the top!

    Pity this topic didn't get started while MJJ was still alive. He could have used some good press for all the charity work he did. At least he was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records for the many charities he supported.

    Keep up the good news and I'll be more inclined to read your work.
    Thank you again.

    September 25, 2009 at 6:14 am | Report abuse |
  6. YAY!

    I love it. Encore! Brava! Encore!

    September 24, 2009 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Flapjacks

    This is really great. Very interesting and inspiring. Please keep it up.

    September 24, 2009 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Suzie

    Please keep doing this!

    September 24, 2009 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. G-Dad

    Justin T and that group are nuts to try to climb Mt. K. I've done 14r's (mountains with 14k plus summits) and you have to be in pretty decent physical shape to do that. The air is very thin. Now think of going 5k more feet. They better be training or they won't make it. Worthy cause, however.

    September 24, 2009 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. kelly

    It's far more interesting to read the so called "dirt" on these hollywood stars! More gossip please!

    September 24, 2009 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dorian

    This is just what we needed, enough with the gossip. And also I think the guy chris who posted about Beyonce and what she did for Taylor is really Kanye trying to get people to think of Beyonce more. 🙂

    September 24, 2009 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kathie Myrenaes

    Glenn Tillbrook, of the rock band Squeeze, is also going to do the Mt. Kilimanjaro climb!

    September 24, 2009 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Geri

    Some good news is always a pleasure to hear.... keep up this type of reporting...... I could do without the drug arrests, divorces, who left his/her spouse for someone new, etc..... more good news please.....
    there is always something good in this world, let's hear about it!....

    September 24, 2009 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. judy mossop

    This is wonderful...........I will run to this daily.

    September 24, 2009 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dana

    Some other good news for you to research:
    Dee Snider & his work with March of Dimes
    Matt Damon and

    September 24, 2009 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  16. c

    i like to read everything good and bad, but yes, good news is always encouraging... whether its celebs or everyday folk... bring it!

    September 24, 2009 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Erika

    Ditto to all of these comments! There is A LOT more than the drama of the entertainment industry that draws people. These are great examples – keep them coming!!

    September 24, 2009 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Eileen

    This is great.
    Keep it up.I love the fact that we can learn more about the human side of people not just the Hollywood side. Which in fact gets a little to much.

    September 24, 2009 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Roisin

    I RESOUNDINGLY agree with everyone here – please, please, please print more of this type of thing, celebrity and otherwise. No one can eat toxic-waste news forever – it's self defeating and we're all dying of it. Good news is out there; it's just never printed. Keep up the good work.

    September 24, 2009 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Donna

    Great to see something positive being reported about celebs. They deserve to be recognized for the good they do. Keep it up.

    September 24, 2009 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Sheree yoder

    Yeah !! finally "good news" gets its moment in the sun,keep it

    September 24, 2009 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  22. xtraxtra

    This is great. Please keep this up.

    September 24, 2009 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Aaron

    This is great!!!

    September 24, 2009 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Linda Rivera

    I would be so very happy to hear good news from every corner of the world. In this age where everything seems so bleak, GOOD NEWS would be so uplifting. We can't be all bad, can we?

    September 24, 2009 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Ines

    I like to read everything, the good and the bad!!!

    September 24, 2009 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Matt

    Band From TV looks pretty cool. I seen it on one of the House DVDs as an extra feature. Hugh Laurie is awesome!

    September 24, 2009 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Earlette

    Good job! Please suggest that the stars help people in their back yards. Let's work together to reduce hunger and homelessness in America.

    September 24, 2009 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Ger

    Well done, you guys! Keep up the GOOD news!!

    September 24, 2009 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  29. chris

    don't forget Beyonce and what she did for Taylor Swift, and the song she sang for the little girl in Australia.

    September 24, 2009 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Jill

    I think this idea is great! Keep the good news coming!!!!

    September 24, 2009 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Gloria

    I'm definitely an advocate for GOOD NEWS Celebrity stories. You say there are a "growing number of Web sites that highlight these kinds of stories" there a list of them somewhere???

    September 24, 2009 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Tex

    Please keep reporting on these types of celeb news. Things that don't kill brain cells and may actually inspire people to get off their a**es and DO something meaningful for society around them! (I swear, one more report on Jon and Kate may be the thing that finally triggers the total collapse of anything resembling culture in the US)

    September 24, 2009 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Crystal Cook

    Thats what i want to hear about i get sick of the drama stuff lets hear some good things every once in a while.

    September 24, 2009 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Kira Ficken

    Awsome! Finally!

    September 24, 2009 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |

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