‘God Friended Me’ renewed for season 2 at CBS

CBS has renewed the freshman drama “God Friended Me,” the network announced on Tuesday.

Led by Brandon Micheal Hall, the Sunday night drama centers on 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.

“We’re thrilled with how ‘God Friended Me’ has performed on Sundays. It’s one of the top three new series on television, has improved its time period significantly, and continues a long tradition of prestige dramas for CBS on the night,” CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl said in a statement.

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NEW YORK - DECEMBER 9: 'The Trouble with the Curve' -- Miles reconnects with his high school baseball teammate, Cal (Charles Brice), when he gets a friend suggestion for a promising young baseball player who Cal is coaching. Also, Arthur feels territorial when he's informed that the Diocese is sending an assistant rector to mentor under him, on GOD FRIENDED ME, Sunday, Feb. 17 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. New York Yankee CC Sabathia guest stars as himself. Pictured L to R: Violett Beane as Cara Bloom and Brandon Micheal Hall as Miles Finer. (Photo by Michael Greenberg/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 20: 'Ready Player Two' -- Miles turns to his dad for help when he learns that his latest friend suggestion was adopted after being dropped off at Arthur's church as a baby. Also, Pria (Parminder Nagra) comes clean about Henry Chase, the real identity of the hacker Falken, and his possible connection to the God Account, on GOD FRIENDED ME, Sunday, Jan. 6 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Rachel Bay Jones as Susan. (Photo by David Giesbrecht/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 16: 'Ready Player Two' -- Miles turns to his dad for help when he learns that his latest friend suggestion was adopted after being dropped off at Arthur's church as a baby. Also, Pria (Parminder Nagra) comes clean about Henry Chase, the real identity of the hacker Falken, and his possible connection to the God Account, on GOD FRIENDED ME, Sunday, Jan. 6 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L to R: Suraj Sharma as Rakesh Singh, and Brandon Micheal Hall as Miles Finer. (Photo by Michele Crowe/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 20: 'Ready Player Two' -- Miles turns to his dad for help when he learns that his latest friend suggestion was adopted after being dropped off at Arthur's church as a baby. Also, Pria (Parminder Nagra) comes clean about Henry Chase, the real identity of the hacker Falken, and his possible connection to the God Account, on GOD FRIENDED ME, Sunday, Jan. 6 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L to R: Brandon Micheal Hall as Miles Finer and Violett Beane as Cara Bloom. (Photo by David Giesbrecht/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 16: 'Ready Player Two' -- Miles turns to his dad for help when he learns that his latest friend suggestion was adopted after being dropped off at Arthur's church as a baby. Also, Pria (Parminder Nagra) comes clean about Henry Chase, the real identity of the hacker Falken, and his possible connection to the God Account, on GOD FRIENDED ME, Sunday, Jan. 6 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Parminder Nagra as Pria. (Photo by Michele Crowe/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 26: 'Coney Island Cyclone' -- When the God Account sends Miles the name of one of Arthur\'s parishioners, a single father who recently lost his wife, the similarities to their own loss reopens old wounds. Also, Rakesh and Cara hunt down a new lead on the reclusive hacker they think may be behind the God Account, on GOD FRIENDED ME, Sunday, Dec. 9 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L to R: Pictured L to R: Lawrence Gilliard Jr. as Aaron and Joe Morton as Reverend Arthur Finer. (Photo by David Giesbrecht/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 26: 'Coney Island Cyclone' -- When the God Account sends Miles the name of one of Arthur\'s parishioners, a single father who recently lost his wife, the similarities to their own loss reopens old wounds. Also, Rakesh and Cara hunt down a new lead on the reclusive hacker they think may be behind the God Account, on GOD FRIENDED ME, Sunday, Dec. 9 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Brandon Micheal Hall as Miles Finer. (Photo by David Giesbrecht/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 2: 'Matthew 621' -- The 'God' account sends Miles the profile of a lawyer who died six months ago, leading him, Cara and Rakesh to dig into the man's past in order to figure out who exactly they're supposed to help. Also, Miles asks Nia (Victoria Janicki) on a date; Rakesh and Lucy (Abby Awe), his hacker friend, continue searching for the person behind the 'God' account; and Ali encourages Arthur to play his saxophone publicly for the first time since his wife died, on GOD FRIENDED ME, Sunday, Nov. 18 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L to R: Kyle Harris as Elo, Violett Beane as Cara Bloom, and Brandon Micheal Hall as Miles Finer. (Photo by David Giesbrecht/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 2: 'Matthew 621' -- The 'God' account sends Miles the profile of a lawyer who died six months ago, leading him, Cara and Rakesh to dig into the man's past in order to figure out who exactly they're supposed to help. Also, Miles asks Nia (Victoria Janicki) on a date; Rakesh and Lucy (Abby Awe), his hacker friend, continue searching for the person behind the 'God' account; and Ali encourages Arthur to play his saxophone publicly for the first time since his wife died, on GOD FRIENDED ME, Sunday, Nov. 18 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Javicia Leslie as Ali Finer. (Photo by David Giesbrecht/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 28: 'Matthew 621' -- The 'God' account sends Miles the profile of a lawyer who died six months ago, leading him, Cara and Rakesh to dig into the man's past in order to figure out who exactly they're supposed to help. Also, Miles asks Nia (Victoria Janicki) on a date; Rakesh and Lucy (Abby Awe), his hacker friend, continue searching for the person behind the 'God' account; and Ali encourages Arthur to play his saxophone publicly for the first time since his wife died, on GOD FRIENDED ME, Sunday, Nov. 18 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L to R: Victoria Janicki as Nia and Brandon Micheal Hall as Miles Finer. (Photo by David Giesbrecht/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 28: 'Matthew 621' -- The 'God' account sends Miles the profile of a lawyer who died six months ago, leading him, Cara and Rakesh to dig into the man's past in order to figure out who exactly they're supposed to help. Also, Miles asks Nia (Victoria Janicki) on a date; Rakesh and Lucy (Abby Awe), his hacker friend, continue searching for the person behind the 'God' account; and Ali encourages Arthur to play his saxophone publicly for the first time since his wife died, on GOD FRIENDED ME, Sunday, Nov. 18 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Victoria Janicki as Nia. (Photo by David Giesbrecht/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 20: 'A House Divided' -- Miles is sent a friend suggestion for a cab driver who is opposed to his daughter marrying outside their faith. Also, Miles enrolls in a marketing class to help him promote his podcast, on GOD FRIENDED ME, Sunday, Nov. 4 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Brandon Micheal Hall as Miles Finer. (Photo by Mary Kouw/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 18: 'A House Divided' -- Miles is sent a friend suggestion for a cab driver who is opposed to his daughter marrying outside their faith. Also, Miles enrolls in a marketing class to help him promote his podcast, on GOD FRIENDED ME, Sunday, Nov. 4 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L to R: Violett Beane as Cara Bloom and Brandon Micheal Hall as Miles Finer. (Photo by Michele Crowe/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 18: 'A House Divided' -- Miles is sent a friend suggestion for a cab driver who is opposed to his daughter marrying outside their faith. Also, Miles enrolls in a marketing class to help him promote his podcast, on GOD FRIENDED ME, Sunday, Nov. 4 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L to R: Brandon Micheal Hall as Miles Finer and Navid Negahban as Hasan. (Photo by Michele Crowe/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 16: 'Error Code 1.61' -- Suggestions from the God Account lead Miles and Cara to the Hayden Planetarium, where they meet a young woman, Fliss (Annaleigh Ashford), who is searching for her old boyfriend who may have been 'the one.' Also, Rakesh and Jaya look into a tour guide at the planetarium who Rakesh thinks may be connected to the God Account, and Arthur tries to put a piece of his past behind him, on GOD FRIENDED ME, Sunday, Oct. 21 (8:30-9:30 PM, ET/8:00-9:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L toR: Brandon Micheal Hall as Miles Finer, Annaleigh Ashford as Fliss, and Violett Beane as Cara Bloom. (Photo by Mary Kouw/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 13: 'Error Code 1.61' -- Suggestions from the God Account lead Miles and Cara to the Hayden Planetarium, where they meet a young woman, Fliss (Annaleigh Ashford), who is searching for her old boyfriend who may have been 'the one.' Also, Rakesh and Jaya look into a tour guide at the planetarium who Rakesh thinks may be connected to the God Account, and Arthur tries to put a piece of his past behind him, on GOD FRIENDED ME, Sunday, Oct. 21 (8:30-9:30 PM, ET/8:00-9:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L to R: Violett Beane as Cara Bloom, Brandon Micheal Hall as Miles Finer, and Suraj Sharma as Rakesh Singh . (Photo by Michele Crowe/CBS via Getty Images)
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Alongside the network’s “Magnum P.I.” reboot, the Dick Wolf procedural “FBI” and the multi-cam “The Neighborhood,” “God Friended Me” was one of the first freshman series to receive a full-season pickup from CBS this year. All four have since been renewed for second seasons.

The other new CBS comedy, “Happy Together,” was not picked up for additional episodes, and the network’s “Murphy Brown” reboot completed its 13-episode run in the fall. Midseason entries “Fam,” “The Red Line” and “The Code” are still awaiting a decision from the network.

“Our amazing cast and producers have done a wonderful job of bringing this series to life each week with humorous and inspirational storylines. Viewers have clearly embraced our characters and the positive message the show delivers,” said CBS programming boss Thom Sherman regarding the “God Friended Me” renewal.

Alongside Hall, Violett Beane, Suraj Sharma, Javicia Leslie and Joe Morton also star in the series from creators Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt. Lilien, Wynbrandt, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Marcos Siega serve as executive producers on the Warner Bros. Television series.

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