6:15pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Greg Berlanti Drama 'God Friended Me' Lands CBS Pilot Order
CBS is going to explore religion with Greg Berlanti.
The network has handed out a pilot order to a light-hearted drama called God Friended Me that is being executive produced by the prolific producer.
The project explores questions of faith, existence and science in what the network is describing as a humorous, uplifting drama about an outspoken atheist whose life is turned upside down when he is "friended" by God on Facebook. Unwittingly, he becomes an agent of change in the lives and destinies of others around him.
Alcatraz co-creators Steven Lilien and Bryan Wyndbrant will pen the script and exec produce the Warner Bros. Television effort. Berlanti and his WBTV-based Berlanti Productions topper Sarah Schechter will also exec produce. Marcos Siega (The Following) will direct the pilot and exec produce as well.
God Friended Me arrives a month before CBS is poised to explore religion with the Warner Bros. Television-produced Living Biblically, a comedy about a man who decides to live his life according to the Bible.
God Friended Me also comes as broadcast networks are making a concerted push for light procedurals like the similarly themed Kevin (Probably) Saves the World and The Good Doctor at ABC.
This is Berlanti's first pilot order of the season after selling multiple projects this development season. The prolific producer made TV history last year with Netflix's series pickup for Sabrina, which represents his 11th scripted TV series currently in the works.
All told, God Friended Me is CBS' second drama pilot order of the season and joins Murder.
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