You’ve read that 80s and 90s TV hits like “Murphy Brown” and “Roseanne” are making comebacks to TV. Void of social media and the 24-hour news cycle, those decades are now seen as simpler times. Now, CBS Television hopes to bring the feel and innocence of ‘Touched by an Angel’ back but with a new twist.
The network is launching a new drama this fall called “God Friended Me.” Written by Alcatraz co-creators Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt and to be directed by Siega, God Friended Me is described as a humorous, uplifting series that explores questions of faith, existence and science.
The millennial based show centers on a preacher’s kid, Miles Finer who loses his faith after the unexpected death of his mother.
Brandon Michael Hall who plays the lead Miles, calls his character the Millennial Prophet who, on his podcast, debates believers and as a diehard atheist claims “there is no proof of God anywhere in the universe.”
In a stunning twist, Miles gets a Facebook request to “Friend” God – but after trying to delete the request several times he soon gives in to what he assumes is a prank.
On First Look by CBS, the writers thicken the plot when “the God account begins suggesting other friends, leading Miles to become an agent of change in the lives of those around him.”
The story then takes off with Miles saving the lives of total strangers in a fashion that’s something like a combo of the CBS hit shows “Touched by an Angel” and “Person of Interest.” In this new show, the premise is that all of our lives are somehow intertwined but instead of The Machine watching our every move – God is.
The cast is rounded out with “Scandal” alum Joe Morton as the faithful pastor and Violett Beane as the sidekick also known as Jessie Quick from “The Flash” for those CW and DC Comics fans.
The show debuts Sundays at 7:00 pm Central in the coveted spot right behind “60 Minutes” where viewers can get a chance to see God using ordinary people to touch lives because according to CBS, “the Almighty works in mysterious ways both online… and offline.”