CBS is set to premiere the new one-hour drama God Friended Me on Sunday, September 30, 2018. Season one of the series has snagged the network’s 8-9pm ET/PT time slot where it will air in between the 51st season of 60 Minutes and the 10th season of NCIS: Los Angeles.
Prior to its network premiere, CBS has made the first episode of the new series available via CBS app, CBS All Access, CBS.com, Facebook Premieres, Twitter, Instagram’s IGTV and multiple EST platforms (including iTunes, Vudu, Google and Sony) as of August 31st. According to CBS Marketing Group President George Schweitzer, the network decided on the early premiere because they believe it deserves early exposure.
“Once people see God Friended Me, they respond to its positive and life-affirming values,” stated Schweitzer. “Our marketing strategy is to get it previewed a full month early – free and uninterrupted – so viewers can sample it for themselves and help spread the word to friends and family before the broadcast premiere.”
The new series stars Brandon Micheal Hall as Miles Finer, The Flash‘s Violett Beane as Cara Bloom, Suraj Sharma as Rakesh, Javicia Leslie as Ali Finer, and Joe Morton as Reverend Arthur Finer.
God Friended Me was created by Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt, co-creators of 2012’s Alcatraz. Lilien, Wynbrandt, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Marcos Siega serve as executive producers.
The Plot: God Friended Me is about an outspoken atheist whose life is turned upside down when he receives a friend request on social media from “God” and unwittingly becomes an agent of change in the lives and destinies of others around him. Miles Finer is intelligent, hopeful and optimistic, but he doesn’t believe in God. This puts him at odds with his father, Reverend Arthur Finer, a beloved preacher at Harlem’s Trinity Church for 25 years who is stung by his son’s strong rejection of his faith. Miles feels he’s found his purpose in life hosting a podcast where he’s free to speak his mind, but that changes when he receives the ultimate friend request.
After repeated pokes by “God,” Miles’ curiosity takes over, and he accepts the request and follows the signs to Cara Bloom, an online journalist suffering from writer’s block. Brought together by the “God” account, the two find themselves investigating “God’s” friend suggestions and inadvertently helping others in need. Joining them on their journey are Miles’s supportive sister, Ali, a doctoral psych student by day and bartender by night, and his best friend, Rakesh, a sometime hacker who helps Miles and Cara research the enigmatic account. 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.