CBS announced today that it’s given the Sunday-night faith-and-Facebook comedy-drama God Friended Me a second season.
Family Theater Productions hosted a screening of the show’s pilot for invited guests from the local faith (primarily Catholic) community, and it was given near-universal thumbs up (click here to read what they had to say).
Brandon Micheal Hall stars as Miles Finer, a computer-security-company employee and podcaster who received a friend request from a Facebook account called “God.” That began a series of coincidences (?) and friend suggestions from the “God account,” that have sent him and his friends (Suraj Sharma, Violett Beane) on an adventure of helping others, self-discovery and attempts to uncover the mystery of the account.
Along the way, Finer has moved from militant atheism to turning his podcast into an open conversation on faith.
Joe Morton also stars as Finer’s father, an Episcopalian minister; with Javicia Leslie as his lesbian sister, a bartender.
In the ensuing weeks, God Friended Me has managed to maintain a delicate balance of character drama, comedy and respectfully discussing issues of faith from a variety of perspectives.
From The Hollywood Reporter:
“We’re thrilled with how God Friended Me has performed on Sundays. It’s one of the top three new series on television, has improved its time period significantly, and continues a long tradition of prestige dramas for CBS on the night,” CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl said in a statement announcing the news Tuesday.
Added Thom Sherman, senior exec vp programming: “Our amazing cast and producers have done a wonderful job of bringing this series to life each week with humorous and inspirational storylines. Viewers have clearly embraced our characters and the positive message the show delivers.”
In its first season, God Friended Me has been CBS’ second-most-watched new series. Click here to learn why Kahl thought the show was worth picking up in the first place.
Kate O’Hare, a longtime entertainment journalist, is Social Media Manager at Family Theater Productions.