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Posted Friday 10/19/18 at 6:10PM EDT
CBS gives full-season orders to Magnum P.I., The Neighborhood and God Friended Me -- Happy Together is in limbo
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
CBS has now given full-season orders to four freshman series: Magnum P.I., The Neighborhood and God Friended Me and FBI. Glaringly absent is Damon Wayans Jr.-starring Happy Together, which is CBS' lowest-rated freshman series. Murphy Brown, meanwhile, was originally ordered for 13 episodes, so there are no plans to expand its first season back on air.
Posted Monday 10/08/18 at 12:57PM EDT
God Friended Me has the second-steepest Week 2 decline for a freshman drama
The CBS drama fell 17% among total viewers, attracting 8.4 million last night. Magnum P.I. has had the steepest drop from Week 1 to Week 2, falling 23%.
Posted Monday 10/01/18 at 1:07PM EDT
God Friended Me has a solid debut
About 10.4 million checked out the CBS social media comedy-drama series starring Brandon Micheal Hall. That's up from the 8.8 million that CBS' canceled Wisdom of the Crowd premiered to in the same timeslot last year.
Posted Friday 9/28/18 at 11:40PM EDT
God Friended Me is a sweet show with a terrible title
Source: USA Today
"The CBS series sounds too much like an article in The Onion or a sketch on Funny or Die," says Kelly Lawler. "It signals that you're about to watch the spiritual equivalent of Steve Buscemi in 30 Rock trying, and hilariously failing, to go undercover in a high school: 'How do you do, fellow kids?' But this is an extreme case where you shouldn't judge a series by its title, a phenomenon fans of Cougar Town may be familiar with. (God Friended Me) is a sweet, surprisingly watchable series that essentially gives Joan of Arcadia a Silicon Valley tuneup: Young atheist Miles (Brandon Micheal Hall) is friended on Facebook by someone claiming to be God, and a series of fated events (or maybe just happy coincidences) follows. While we've seen supernatural and faith-based series such as this before – Arcadia, Touched by an Angel or last year's short-lived ABC drama Kevin (Probably) Saves the World – what Friended has going for it is earnestness. It's not something you can fake, for obvious reasons."
- God Friended Me is the best of the this fall's This Is Us wannabes
- God Friended Me just might succeed if it gets past its premise and develops the wholehearted drama fueling it
- It presents its many, many heavy-handed themes with such a wide-eyed straight face you can’t possibly be mad at it
- Predictable muck: God Friended Me loses steam in the second half with contrived plot points that extend far beyond the realm of believability
Posted Monday 9/24/18 at 9:40PM EDT
Michael Vartan to visit God Friended Me
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The Facebook-inspired CBS drama will feature a "friend of the week," and Vartan will play the father of one of those friends.
Posted Thursday 8/30/18 at 2:16PM EDT
CBS to drop God Friended Me pilot one month early on social media and CBS' digital platforms
The Brandon Micheal Hall-starring drama will be available on Friday on Facebook, Twitter, CBS.com, CBS All Access, the CBS app and Instagram. God Friended Me makes its formal debut on Sunday, Sept. 30. ALSO: Empire vet Malik Yoba to recur on God Friended Me.
Posted Monday 8/06/18 at 3:26AM EDT
CBS' God Friended Me insists it's not Highway to Heaven or Touched by an Angel
“There is nothing supernatural about our show,” says co-creator Bryan Wynbrandt, adding that the drama starring Brandon Micheal Hall tackles quesions of faith, existence and science.
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 2:05PM EDT
Greg Berlanti inks a Warner Bros. TV mega-deal that could be worth $400 million
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Berlanti, who now produces a record-breaking 14 TV shows, will stay with Warner Bros. TV through 2024 under his new pact. The deal is only for his TV work. Berlanti, who recently directed Love, Simon, has a separate film deal with Fox. The Hollywood Reporter reports that the deal is "worth $400 million in all-cash guarantees," adding that Warner Bros. executives "aggressively pursued Berlanti for a new deal. Berlanti, who values loyalty, is said to have been happy at the studio and did not take meetings with any other outlet despite interest from Netflix, among other outlets." (Other sources say the deal is worth "more than $300 million.")
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 1:00AM EDT
Here are the most-watched and least-watched upfront trailers
NBC's Manifest and New Amsterdam trailers have had 6.5 million and just over 5 million views respectively on YouTube. On the flip side, CBS' The Neighborhood, FBI and God Friended Me have had just under 60,000 YouTube views.
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Posted Wednesday 5/16/18 at 12:18PM EDT
CBS' fall schedule: Murphy Brown lands on Thursdays, Magnum P.I. to Mondays
CBS is shaking up its Monday lineup, opening the night with comedies The Neighborhood and Happy Together, followed by Magnum P.I. at 9 p.m. and Bull. CBS' Thursday slot will stay largely intact, with Murphy Brown airing at 9:30 p.m. after Mom. God Friended Me will air on Sundays at 8 p.m.
Posted Wednesday 5/16/18 at 12:18PM EDT
CBS says "we're feeling good about our diversity" next season
CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl noted that new series God Friended Me, The Neighborhood, FBI, Happy Together and Magnum P.I. all have people of color in leading roles. “We sat in front of a lot of you at (Television Critics Association press tour) and said that we were going to do it,” Kahl said. “I think quite frankly there were a lot of eye rolls, and I think if you look at the schedule, we did what we said we were going to do.”
Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 11:28PM EDT
Greg Berlanti reacts to his 14-show record -- and whether he'd ever reboot Everwood
The uber-producer saw only one of his shows canceled (ABC's Deception) this season, while four were picked up over the past few days (CBS' God Friended Me and The Red Line, CW's All American and DC Universe's Doom Patrol). This allowed him to break a new record for on-air TV series that was previously set by Aaron Spelling and Jerry Bruckheimer. "My secret dream," says Berlanti, "is that other people that work with me get more credit for all the hard work that they do because they work just as hard and so I’m really proud to be a part of all of it, but I don’t feel like an author for that. I feel like I’m just on a really great team. That’s the truth." Once upon a time, Berlanti had only one show on the air, The WB's Everwood, which featured future stars Chris Pratt, Emily VanCamp and Sarah Drew. "Definitely of all of them, Everwood is the one that has a special song in my heart," he says. "I think it’s about schedules and finances and budget and if we can get a budget to a place, I think that there’s a real shot that that could come back. I think we just have to figure out what would be the best way to do it, but there’s no nothing firm in place yet."
Posted Saturday 5/12/18 at 7:13PM EDT
Greg Berlanti sets a new record with 13 on-air shows
Berlanti tied the record this season previously set by Aaron Spelling and Jerry Bruckheimer with 10 series. But the pickups of CBS' God Friended Me and The Red Line, plus The CW's All American, puts him at 13 shows on air.
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Posted Friday 5/11/18 at 4:18PM EDT
CBS picks up four dramas, including Magnum P.I. reboot and God Friended Me
Jay Hernandez will officially succeed Tom Selleck in the role of private investigator Thomas Magnum, in a reboot from Hawaii Five-O and MacGyver "rebirther" Peter Lenkov. CBS has also picked up Ava DuVernay's The Red Line, starring Noah Wyle, about the aftermath of a white Chicago cop accidentally shooting to death a black doctor. Greg Berlanti's God Friended Me stars The Mayor alum Brandon Michael Hall and Joe Morton in a drama about a young man who is "friended" by God on Facebook. CBS has also ordered The Code, a legal drama revolving around the military's brightest minds, starring Hamilton's Phillipa Soo. ALSO: Mira Sorvino and Dave Annable have left The Code and their roles will be recast.
# TOPICS: Magnum P.I. (2018 series), Amazon, CBS, The Code, God Friended Me, The Red Line, Ava DuVernay, Brandon Micheal Hall, Dave Annable, Jay Hernandez, Joe Morton, Mira Sorvino, Noah Wyle, Peter Lenkov, Phillipa Soo, Cancellations, Renewals & Pickups, Revivals
Posted Tuesday 2/20/18 at 9:05PM EST
Scandal's Joe Morton joins CBS drama pilot God Friended Me
Morton will play a reverend who is the father of The Mayor alum Brandon Michael Hall's character, an atheist whom God "friends" on Facebook.