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Trailer for the show (be warned; it's six minutes long and gives away the entire pilot):

So....this pilot-trailer might have actually changed my mind on watching the show. I hadn't planned on it, even for the actors. Now, I'm going to give it a chance. It actually looks...good?

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I never would have contemplated a combination of Joan of Arcadia, Early Edition and {Fill in the blank with name of show where strangers are magically connected to each other}.

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This looks exactly like what Kevin Probably Saves the World looked like it would be. 

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I'm iffy about if it will turn out to be good, and if it is, if it will remain on the air (because I'm cynical about things I like staying on and about things actually turning out to be good), but for the first time in I don't know how long, I'm intrigued by a new broadcast TV show. I may have to figure out how to watch not in real time. (I rarely watch in real time any more. It just never works for me.)

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Shit.....trailer had a heiffa crying at work!  Add Joe Muhfuckin' Morton and I am in!!

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On 5/16/2018 at 2:57 PM, Lady Calypso said:

So....this pilot-trailer might have actually changed my mind on watching the show. I hadn't planned on it, even for the actors. Now, I'm going to give it a chance. It actually looks...good?

 

On 5/17/2018 at 8:57 AM, Kromm said:

I never would have contemplated a combination of Joan of Arcadia, Early Edition and {Fill in the blank with name of show where strangers are magically connected to each other}.

 

Yeah, I heard the single-sentence pitch and thought "Huh? What?", but, after getting the Early Edition-like premise from the trailer, I was "Oh, that might actually not be terrible..."

 

I think on Deadline or one of the other media websites, they said that this was the highest-testing pilot of the year in the focus groups. 

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I kept hearing/seeing the title around and had no idea what this was about. Decided to find out, watched the trailer, and am now sold. Part of it is me being a sucker for this kind of show (Joan of Arcadia, Early Edition, Kevin (Probably) Saves the World...I couldn't resist any of them). But I also find Brandon Michael Hall to be such an appealing actor (I even watched all however many episodes of The Mayor because he's so likable). So, I'm in, for however long this lasts.

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Miles is 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.

First airing on broadcast on 9/30/18, however!!!  Enter at your own risk! See below!

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In the spirit of its social media spin, the CBS drama God Friended Me will have a special premiere across multiple platforms including Twitter, Facebook Premieres, Instagram’s IGTV, CBS All Access, and CBS.com beginning Aug. 31 ahead of its Sept. 30 premiere.

The new series will also be available on the CBS app as well as multiple EST platforms including iTunes, Vudu, Google and Sony starting Aug. 31 at 2:00 PM ET/11:00 AM PT

 

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And CBS is dropping the pilot early on a bunch of streaming platforms;

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In the spirit of its social media spin, the CBS drama God Friended Me will have a special premiere across multiple platforms including Twitter, Facebook Premieres, Instagram’s IGTV, CBS All Access, and CBS.com beginning Aug. 31 ahead of its Sept. 30 premiere.

The new series will also be available on the CBS app as well as multiple EST platforms including iTunes, Vudu, Google and Sony starting Aug. 31 at 2:00 PM ET/11:00 AM PT

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12 minutes ago, shantown said:

Is that a good sign or a bad sign for the show? 

I think it's a neutral-to-good sign for the show. This seems to have more to do with the streaming networks than this particular show.  My guess is that CBS is confident enough with this show that it is hoping that the interest in this show will drive viewers to the streaming options, particularly CBS All Access.

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1 hour ago, HazelEyes4325 said:

I think it's a neutral-to-good sign for the show. This seems to have more to do with the streaming networks than this particular show.  My guess is that CBS is confident enough with this show that it is hoping that the interest in this show will drive viewers to the streaming options, particularly CBS All Access.

Is CBS All Access any better? I never used to be able to access it. Apparently, I am not a member of the group "all."

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I actually think a lot of shows tend to drop either ten minutes of their pilots or the full thing. I think that it's an ok thing. It's pretty much a sneak preview to gain more traction for a show that they want to do really well. 

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I think it's leaning towards a good sign. Last year, they aired Young Sheldon on CBS about a month before it's initial broadcast airing, and that certainly didn't hurt it. They're trying to do that, just a bit differently.

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I ended up watching this last night with my husband.  It was about what I expected, honestly.  I felt the acting (and writing) wasn't quite up to where I think it should be for a broadcast show on one of the major networks and the whole thing was a bit schmaltzy.  Things did tie up a bit too cleanly, but I'm willing to forgive that for the pilot.  I'm not sure how long this show will be able to run, but I think it should be at least reliable for ABC for a while.  

I'm not sure I would tune back into it except for the fact that my husband loved it.  He thought it was one of the best shows he's seen in years.  Either he has lower standards, I'm too picky, or (most likely) it's a combo of the two.  But, it does look like I'll be watching this one, no matter how I feel about it.

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I liked it well enough for a pilot. As long as it doesn't become "friend request, save their life" every single week I plan to stick with it. While they probably can't really solve the mystery of how God is on Facebook, I appreciate that they've set up characters with somewhat useful skills (hacking, journalism, etc) to fuel the overarching plot. I liked the actors playing Miles, Cara, Rakesh, and Jaya and wouldn't mind that being the core "friend group" of the show, plus the sister - they can hang out at her bar!

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I didn't hate it. It's formulaic for sure, but the cast is solid. And it has an interesting enough idea, so I'll see where it goes from here, if only because I like seeing these people on my screen (especially Joe Morton!).

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I thought it was pretty solid for a pilot. We'll see how and if they can sustain it for a season. I liked the two main actors; I think they have good chemistry. The side characters are fine. I just hope they don't get too stuck in a formula -- but this is CBS, so there's a good chance of that.

I recognized a few of the NYC locations; that's always fun!

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On 7/9/2018 at 11:14 PM, Trini said:

Series premiere is Sunday, Sept. 30, at 8:30pm; but the show starts in its regular timeslot on Oct. 7 at 8pm.

CBS Fall Premiere Dates

BTW, this airs Sundays after football, so set your DVRs/etc. accordingly; it will be delayed more often than not.

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Malik Yoba cast in recurring role:

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Yoba will play Miles’ uncle Terrence, with whom he has a special bond.

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I know that the first trailer basically gave this entire pilot away, so nothing here was that new. This pilot was a bit cheesy and a bit on-the-nose, but I know most pilots are always rocky. They really rushed through some of the major plot points here, but they are leading into the season as a whole, and there are still some solid moments. I do hope the rest of the season settles down and uses more subtlety, since the stronger moments of this pilot were the quieter ones. 

I think, like a lot of these middle-ground shows, the cast is going to define how well the show is, since I'm not convinced the writing will be strong enough. The actors are going to be carrying the weight of the show, at least for now. Once the show finds its footing, if it's not too late and if the show hasn't been cancelled by then, it could have the potential to do really well.

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Seriously hate that the promos gave all the major plot points away, but didn't hate the show. I will say I like it less than the other "God's talking to me" shows. Definitely falls behind Joan of Arcadia, Eli Stone, and Kevin (Probably) Saves the World in my opinion, but it gets another chance before Supergirl premieres and I have to choose. 

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On ‎9‎/‎2‎/‎2018 at 11:55 PM, Trini said:

I thought it was pretty solid for a pilot. We'll see how and if they can sustain it for a season. I liked the two main actors; I think they have good chemistry. The side characters are fine. I just hope they don't get too stuck in a formula -- but this is CBS, so there's a good chance of that.

I agree.  Having just watched the pilot episode, I thought it was pretty good.  I'll tune in again and go from there.  

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Miles gets the opportunity of a lifetime when a satellite radio company wants to put his podcast on the air, and the God Account suggests that he befriend a single mother. Also, Cara tries to build a relationship with her estranged mom, and Rakesh is crushed when he spots Jaya on a date.

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It was on tonight.  I watched it, and I love it!!!! I thought at first that Miles and Cara were brother and sister. I thought Miles's father had an affair with Cara's mother. Boy was I wrong! :) Miles and Cara have a lot of chemistry! I'll call them Mara! :)   Too bad I can't watch it because Supergirl has been moved to Sunday at that hour..  Love my Supergirl! :)

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On 9/1/2018 at 6:12 PM, shantown said:

I liked it well enough for a pilot. As long as it doesn't become "friend request, save their life" every single week I plan to stick with it. While they probably can't really solve the mystery of how God is on Facebook, I appreciate that they've set up characters with somewhat useful skills (hacking, journalism, etc) to fuel the overarching plot. I liked the actors playing Miles, Cara, Rakesh, and Jaya and wouldn't mind that being the core "friend group" of the show, plus the sister - they can hang out at her bar!

I think that is exactly what it will be!  Reminds me of an old show with Kyle Chandler where he got the newspaper a day early and only had 24 hours to stop the headline from happening.  Kind of a cross between that and Touched by an Angel.  It's cute.  I might get sick of it, but I'll probably watch a few times and see if it holds my interest.

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So this is where Mr. Finch's machine went.. I guess since it can't talk to Root anymore as she's of saving mutants it'll have to send info to this guy.... I enjoyed what I saw.. Really liked the best friend and his new GF... Miles was pretty chill that Rakesh brought some brand new person up in his crib... The cast will make or break this show.. But I like em so far 

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I watched the pilot a couple of weeks ago. Overall I liked it. I thought the cast gelled pretty well together so that's a good sign. An issue there is harder to fix sometimes than other things. 

It'll be interesting to see where they go from here. It's going to be a fine line they'll be in to maintain respect for believers and non believers.

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3 hours ago, SuzieQ said:

I think that is exactly what it will be!  Reminds me of an old show with Kyle Chandler where he got the newspaper a day early and only had 24 hours to stop the headline from happening.  Kind of a cross between that and Touched by an Angel.  It's cute.  I might get sick of it, but I'll probably watch a few times and see if it holds my interest.

That show was Early Edition.

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I tuned in reluctantly because Mr. Author wanted to see it, and...loved it. I thought the writing was solid and sappy (in a good way). Someone said the cast will make or break it, and I agree. To that end I already adore the charismatic Brandon Michael Hall.

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I guess I am super sensitive because I watched and legit said “hell no” and don’t give a shit about how awesome the cast is for a treacly touched by a angel reboot my analytical ass isn’t here for it.

i would pray this to be destroyed in the ratings but since it would defeat my purpose I think CBS confidence is low debuting in the middle of Sunday football.

But the real deal breaker was the horrible acting of several people. But the leads were particularly bad. 

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It was a little too contrived for me, plus I can’t hear Joe Morton’s voice without Scandal-speech flashbacks.

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I liked this.  I wasn't sure what to expect, but found it decent.  Definitely like it better than the Kevin Saves the World show.... that one annoyed me with the constant awkwardness of him talking to what looked like noone.  This show jumps in and focuses on the various storylines instead.

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On 9/1/2018 at 11:30 PM, saoirse said:

I didn't hate it. It's formulaic for sure, but the cast is solid. And it has an interesting enough idea, so I'll see where it goes from here, if only because I like seeing these people on my screen (especially Joe Morton!).

This pretty much sums up my thoughts as well, except I'm unfamiliar with all the actors. I will definitely give it another watch.

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Judging from the first few minutes, God does miracles to save soul of witless atheist. Well, I wish God did miracles to help people, but He doesn't. (Don't ask me to justify or condemn this policy of His, that's above my pay grade.) When the rabbi who believes in physical miracles (something by the way that lots and lots and lots of high-toned believers claim *not* to believe) asks the lead "What happened to you?" this is the show explaining it's about how miracles are done to cure his lack of faith. That's Signs, except stretched out. Gonna pass. I liked the lead, but I though Jason Ritter was even more charming, and much funnier, and much more believable as someone who needed divine help to boot.

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This show has a terribly stupid name (it sounds like Steve Bushemi trying to fit in with his fellow kids), but beyond that, I really liked the pilot. The cast is really good, especially the main character, who was the lead in the sadly cancelled The Mayor, and the show is making good use of his natural charm. Some of the pilot was a bit clunky and corny, but I dont mind a little bit of corny, and its still a pilot. Hopefully it evens out as the season goes on. 

I think this could be a fun way to talk about religion in the modern world, in a Joan of Arcadia kind of way. Heartwarming and sweet, but bringing up some debates between many different belief systems (or none) for people to discuss further. I do think they may be more ambiguous about whether the person on the other side of the computer really is big G God though. Or maybe not. Guess we will have to see! 

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I enjoyed this pilot.  I wish I knew how the show can make sense once the protagonists become evangelists.  

Think about it.  A freaking miracle happened, and may be ongoing.  How the heck does one handle such an awareness?  The nice folks to whom we were introduced either become goody two shoes in extremis, or the foundation of the show - that God is working miracles through them - falls.

Of course, standard Christian dogma insists that God works through others.  All "others (you and me)" are flawed.  I take no issue with that philosophy.  The crucial difference here is that such direct contact, as is being portrayed, is exceedingly rare.  

Oh well, I've seen enough to stick with this show.  Here's hoping they avoid the trite.

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2 hours ago, tennisgurl said:

I think this could be a fun way to talk about religion in the modern world, in a Joan of Arcadia kind of way. Heartwarming and sweet, but bringing up some debates between many different belief systems (or none) for people to discuss further. I do think they may be more ambiguous about whether the person on the other side of the computer really is big G God though. Or maybe not. Guess we will have to see! 

I loved, loved, loved Joan of Arcadia and I appreciate that this is kind of a modern take on Joan.  It seems like we're seeing some of the similar logic that Joan used - ripples. What you do influences or impacts others. It's so positive. 

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11 hours ago, biakbiak said:

 

But the real deal breaker was the horrible acting of several people. But the leads were particularly bad. 

Huh. I thought the premise of the show was silly, but I really liked all of the cast. I can't help but compare it to Manifest, because that's the only other new show I've watched. Loved the premise of that show but thought the cast was horrible. Not a spark of charisma among any of them. This show at least has characters that I don't mind spending time with. I'll watch for a few more episodes, anyway.

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So here we have Touched By An Atheist... I like the cast, but I kind of hope that Miles and Cara can be platonic friends -- they've got Rajesh and Jaz for the "sexy times".  I didn't care for the "all atheists are really believers with Daddy issues" -- I never was a believer and neither were my parents.  But I can live with that and it's a fun show for my Baptist wife and I to watch together.

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I never thought of Miles as atheist.   He believed in God until his mom died.  He said something about that would mean God was cruel.   

The shows name is dumb but I liked it more than I thought I would.   The reporter was the weak link to me.  I liked Miles, his dad sister and friend.   Hopefully it will be given a chance to find an audience.  

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