10:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'The Mayor' Star to Topline Greg Berlanti CBS Drama
Brandon Micheal Hall is lining up his next gig.
From exec producer Greg Berlanti, the drama explores questions of faith, existence and science in what is described as a humorous and 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. Hall will star as Miles, the outspoken atheist.
The casting is in first position to The Mayor, which ABC pulled from the schedule in January. The well reviewed comedy struggled to draw an audience despite an aggressive marketing campaign from the network. The series earned an order for three additional scripts, but ultimately was pulled from the schedule after its initial 13-episode run. Sources tell THR that The Mayor is being shopped by producers ABC Studios to other outlets. With Hall's casting, he would be in first position to CBS' God Friended Me — even if The Mayor were to find a new home. That would seemingly eliminate any future hope for The Mayor.
Alcatraz duo Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt wrote the script for God Friended Me and exec produce alongside Berlanti and his Berlanti Productions topper Sarah Schechter. Marcos Siega will exec produce and direct the Warner Bros. Television pilot.
Hall, whose credits include TBS' Search Party, is repped by Paradigm.
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