Coming Soon: God Friended Me

What would you do if God sent you a friend request?

I was very intrigued to hear about God Friended Me, a forthcoming drama series on CBS about Miles Finer (played by Brandon Michael Hall), an outspoken atheist whose life is turned upside down when he receives a friend request on social media from God. Written by Lilien and 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.

I find the premise intriguing both as a Catholic and an advocate of social media. I was also surprised that one of the biggest mainstream TV networks in the US would produce a God-themed series for an audience that’s largely indifferent towards religion.

The official synopsis goes on to say:

After repeated pokes by God, Miles’ curiosity takes over, and he accepts the ultimate friend request and follows the signs to Cara Bloom (Violett Beane), an online journalist. Brought together by the ‘God Account,’ the two find themselves investigating God’s friend suggestions and inadvertently helping others in need. Miles is set on getting to the bottom of what he believes is an elaborate hoax, but in the meantime he’ll play along and, in the process, change his life forever.

Vilett Beane is another incentive for me to watch the series because she plays Jesse Wells in The Flash.

Here’s the six-minute trailer:

I’m looking forward to seeing the new series in October (I presume). Meanwhile, here’s an amusing reaction that I’ve found on Deadline.com:

Why would it be necessary for a deity to communicate via Facebook? Couldn’t he just talk directly to the person via mental telepathy? And I’m pretty sure supernatural beings who aren’t properly registered users is a violation of FB’s terms of service.

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