What would you do if you received a friend request from God? Well, that’s the basis of a new show airing this fall on Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
The show is called “God Friended Me” and is described as an “uplifting” drama (comedic series), so the term suggests this will be a show that aims to attract people of faith, specifically Christians. Of course, skeptics of all stripes are likely to tune in as well.
Here’s the network’s basic premise: “A podcast-hosting, self-proclaimed ‘pesky atheist who wants to make you think’ (Brandon Micheal Hall) isn’t so sure what to think when he’s friended by God on Facebook and then poked to help strangers for reasons that aren’t immediately clear. The truth is there’s more to this story than our hero or anyone else knows.”
Turns out, Hall actually grew up in the church. His father’s a reverend, and the two don’t have a very strong relationship. Years ago, after Hall’s mother experienced a “miracle” healing from cancer, things took a downward turn that changed his views on God and put a strain on his relationship with his dad, played by Joe Morton (“Scandal,” “Justice League”).
The main cast for “God Friended Me” in addition to Hall (“The Mayor,” “Search Party”) and Morton, includes: Rakesh Singh: Suraj Sharma (“Homeland,” “Life of Pi”); Cara Bloom: Violett Beane (“The Flash,” “The Leftovers”); and Aliyah “Ali” Finer: Javicia Leslie (“Chef Julien,” “MacGyver”).
Watch the extended trailer below to get a better idea of “God Friended Me”—and let us know what you think in the comments below. The show begins airing September 30.
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Read more about ‘God Friended Me’ from CBS here.