God will friend someone on Facebook in CBS pilot order from Greg Berlanti

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Jan 24, 2018, 12:11 PM EST (Updated)

A divine Facebook friend request drives the premise of a new show from The Flash showrunner Greg Berlanti. Per The Hollywood Reporter, CBS just ordered a pilot for God Friended Me, which, aside from having the Almighty on social media, will explore the convergence of faith, science, and existentialism after an outspoken atheist has his whole worldview turned inside out after God slides into his DMs. This life-altering interaction sets him on a course of do-goodery and destiny fulfillment for those around him, in what is reported to be a lighthearted dramedy. 

It all sounds a bit like Touched by an Angel, Joan of Arcadia, and even 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd (remember the show about a bully who gets turned into a dog?), but the Facebook element is a nice way of modernizing the regular-unwitting-person-becomes-an-agent-of-God concept. If we're looking at precedent just from the last year, ABC's Kevin (Probably) Saves the World tackled similar themes, although it was canceled after just one season.

The network is working on another faith-based project, Living Biblically, which airs next month and follows a man who decides to live his life strictly according to the Bible. 

Berlanti serves as executive producer on God Friended Me, while Alcatraz co-creators Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt will write the script.