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God Friended Me
Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt
Brandon Micheal Hall, Violett Beane, Suraj Sharma, Joe Morton
God Friended Me ended its run on CBS in late April 2020 with a two-part series finale that brought Miles Finer’s journey to a close.
However, the hit uplifting comedy-drama is far from the first hit series that co-creators Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt have been involved in.
Spanning multiple networks and genres, these two men have helped write multiple beloved classics.
Read on to find out what other shows were partly scribed by Lilien and Wynbrandt.
‘Kyle XY’ (2006-2009)
Starring Matt Dallas as the title character, this science-fiction family drama focused on an initially amnesiac and highly gifted boy with unknown origins.
Marguerite MacIntyre (The Vampire Diaries) and Jean-Luc Bilodeau (Baby Daddy) were among the ensemble co-stars in the series.
Lilien and Wynbrandt wrote six episodes across all three seasons.
Lilien and Wynbrandt created this science-fiction thriller which aired for one season on FOX in 2012.
Alcatraz followed a group of prisoners from the eponymous prison, who had disappeared in 1963 and were resurfacing in the present day, completely unaged.
The lead roles were played by Sarah Jones and Sam Neill. Lost’s Jorge Garcia (Hurley) and future God Friended Me guest star Parminder Nagra (Pria Amar) were also part of the regular cast.
‘Hawaii Five-0’ (2010-2020)
Lilien and Wynbrandt were involved in the writing/story of fourteen episodes of this hit action-packed police procedural between 2013 and 2016.
The main cast on Hawaii Five-0 during their time on the show included Alex O’Laughlin (The Back-up Plan), Scott Caan (Entourage), Daniel Dae Kim (Lost), Grace Park (A Million Little Things) and Masi Oka (Heroes).
‘Gotham’ (2014 – 2019)
This Jim Gordon-led Batman prequel series ran for five seasons on FOX from 2014 to 2019.
Lilien and Wynbrandt served as co-executive producers between 2016 and 2018. This was their last writing job before God Friended Me.
The series starred, among others, Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, David Mazouz, Sean Pertwee, Morena Baccarin, Erin Richards and Robin Lord Taylor.
These are all the major jobs that this pair had before creating God Friended Me. Now the question remains: what will Lilien and Wynbrandt do next?
God Friended Me concluded its two season run on April 26 and with this ending, the show bid farewell to the main characters – Miles, Cara, Rakesh, Ali, Arthur and Trish.
While Miles will no longer be around, the actor who played him, Brandon Micheal Hall, will continue on his career which includes resuming his role as Julian on Search Party.
You may have grown to love Miles Finer throughout God Friended Me. Unless you know him in real life, Brandon Micheal Hall is surely a mystery to you.
Read on to find out more behind God Friended Me’s star.
Although Miles Finer was born and raised in New York City, Hall himself hails from Anderson, South Carolina. His birthday is February 3, 1993.
Like Miles, Hall is also the child of a preacher, his mother, unlike Miles’ situation where his father is the religious official.
For his acting training, Hall studied at the prestigious Julliard School, graduating in 2015 with a BFA in drama. Their alumni also includes Val Kilmer, Oscar Isaac, Christopher Reeve, Patti LuPone, Tim Blake Nelson and Elizabeth McGovern, among many others.
As alluded to earlier, Hall had starred on two other television series prior to landing the role of Miles on God Friended Me.
He plays Julian Marcus, a journalist, on the dark comedy series Search Party, starring alongside Arrested Development‘s Alia Shawkat and Stranger Things guest star John Reynolds.
This show was recently renewed for its third and fourth seasons, set to air on HBO Max.
Hall also played rapper-turned-mayor Courtney Rose on the ABC sitcom The Mayor before that show’s cancellation in 2018.
His co-stars on The Mayor included Glee star Lea Michele (Rachel Berry) who played Val Barella, a former classmate of Courtney’s as well as Drake and Josh/Community actress Yvette Nicole Brown (Helen/Shirley) as Dina, Courtney’s mother.
Now that Hall’s time playing Miles has come to an end, what he does next (aside from Search Party) remains to be seen.
God Friended Me will conclude its run on CBS on April 26 with the two-part series finale titled “Miracles” and “The Mountain” respectively.
One of the key questions going into the finale is whether the series’ overall question will finally be answered. Who is behind the God Account?
Over the course of two seasons, Miles (Brandon Micheal Hall) and his friends have encountered a number of different possibilities but all have seemed to be dead ends.
While a new character could be introduced in the finale as the mastermind behind everything, a likelier outcome is that it is someone that Miles (and the audience) already knows.
To date, there have been four people, all men, that were seriously considered as behind potentially the face behind the God Account.
They are Simon Hayes (Adam Goldberg), Henry Chase (Derek Luke), Alphonse Jeffries (Carl Lumbly) and Corey Smith (Cornelius Smith Jr.)
Through social media, it is already known that Smith and Lumbly will be appearing in the series finale. It is unknown, however, whether either of their characters will be revealed as having lied to Miles about their intentions.
After all, if the person successfully bluffed that they had nothing to do with the God Account, they would be free to carry on without worrying about Miles catching them.
Adam Goldberg has not appeared on God Friended Me as Simon Hayes since earlier in season two, when the character was last seen in Paris with Annie Keller (Susan Misner).
Meanwhile, Derek Luke was last on the show as Henry Chase during the season one finale.
Another possibility as to who could be behind it all is Pria Amar (Parminder Nagra), an associate of Simon and Henry as well as being a key character particularly in the first season. She has been known to be manipulative so the reveal would at least have some justification.
Whether it is any of these five or someone else entirely remains to be seen. The series finale of God Friended Me airs April 26 on CBS.
The character of Jesse Quick (played by Violett Beane) first appeared in the second season of The Flash and went on to recur in subsequent seasons.
Hailing from Earth-2, she is the daughter of Dr. Harrison ‘Harry’ Wells (Tom Cavanagh), an ally of Team Flash. When Jesse was first introduced, she was a prisoner of the villainous speedster Zoom.
Later becoming a speedster herself and forming a relationship with Wally West (that later ended), Jesse appeared less frequently after her actress, Violett Beane, was cast as the female lead on the CBS dramedy God Friended Me.
Beane played journalist Cara Bloom for two seasons before God Friended Me was cancelled in April 2020. During the run, Jesse Quick appeared to meet her end in the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover when Earth 2 was destroyed.
As The Flash has shown on multiple occasions, there are many ways to bring back a dead character in this superhero universe. Michelle Harrison (Nora Allen), John Wesley Shipp (Jay Garrick), Rick Cosnett (Eddie Thawne) and Wentworth Miller (Leonard Snart) are some examples of actors returning after their characters were killed off.
Perhaps Jesse could have protected herself in the Speed Force? Or Beane could return as a new character, a doppelganger of Jesse. Whichever the method, on The Flash, is outside the realm of possibility.
The Flash airs Tuesdays on The CW.
Is Corey Smith behind The God Account?
The show followed an atheist named Miles Finer who receives a friend request from a Facebook account in God’s name and of the course of the series, helps people in need after being sent their name by the account.
Brandon Micheal Hall starred as Miles. The show also featured Violett Beane as Cara and Suraj Sharma as Rakesh, Miles’ friends and companions in his journey with the God Account.
Joe Morton played his father Arthur, a pastor, Javicia Leslie played his sister Ali and Erica Gimpel played his stepmother, Trish.
Now that the show has ended, the show’s cast are out of a job and will have to find other work. If their past resumés are anything to go by, they should be back onscreen quickly.
Before playing Miles, Hall had starring roles on other television series; The Mayor (2016) and Search Party (2016 – present). With the latter recently receiving a third and fourth season order, Hall has his role as Julian Marcus to fall back on.
Violett Beane was well-known for her role as Jesse Quick on The Flash and for starring in Truth or Dare, a horror film released in 2018. While returning to Jesse may be up in the air , Beane has now been in two shows produced by Greg Berlanti. Who’s to say she can’t do a third?
Before lending his talents as hacker Rakesh, Suraj Sharma had the lead role in the 2012 hit film Life of Pi. He also co-starred opposite Jon Hamm in Million Dollar Arm.
With such a diverse range of film and TV work under his belt, Sharma should have no problem landing another interesting project.
Joe Morton is known for a variety of other roles, including Eli ‘Papa’ Pope on Scandal as well as Henry Deacon on Eureka. He also directed multiple episodes of God Friended Me.
By far the most established member of the original cast, Morton will have no problem continuing his career.
For Javicia Leslie, Ali on God Friended Me was arguably her biggest role to date. She had previously appeared in other shows such The Family Business and MacGyver.
Now that Leslie has a major series regular gig on her CV, her career has the possibility to open up in ways that it would not have done before.
Erica Gimpel has been on God Friended Me since its first season and became a series regular in season two. Her other work includes the series Fame and Profiler as well as judging the Irish TV talent show Fame: The Musical in 2010.
Similarly to Morton, Gimpel was already established before appearing on this show and will likely continue on in her career.
God Friended Me returns for its next episode on April 19. The series will conclude on April 26 with a two-part episode.
On April 15 2020, it was publicly announced by various outlets that CBS had cancelled God Friended Me, an uplifting comedy-drama that is near the end of its second season. As of this writing, the reason for the cancellation is not yet known.
The series was co-created by Bryan Wynbrandt and Steven Lilien (Gotham, Alcatraz) and starred Brandon Micheal Hall (The Mayor, Search Party), Violett Beane (The Flash, Truth or Dare), Suraj Sharma (Life Of Pi, Million Dollar Arm), Javicia Leslie (The Family Business, MacGyver), Joe Morton (Scandal, Eureka) and Erica Gimpel (Veronica Mars, JAG).
God Friended Me followed Miles Finer (Hall), a young man who, despite being raised by a preacher, had lost his faith in God. He has a podcast called The Millennial Prophet and was close friends with his co-worker Rakesh (Sharma) at the company Identity Seal.
One day, Miles received a friend request from a Facebook account calling themselves God. After initially being sceptical, he gave in and the account started sending him names of people (‘friend suggestions’) around New York City who were in need of help. On some occasions, they did not even realise what exactly was the problem and Miles helped them figure it out.
Miles was joined in his journey by Cara Bloom (Beane), a young journalist who was the second friend suggestion that he ever received as well as Rakesh, his sister Ali ( Leslie) and father Arthur (Morton), the aforementioned preacher. In the second season, Arthur married his girlfriend Trish (Gimpel).
Throughout the run, many acclaimed actors guest-starred as either a friend suggestion, someone close to the suggestion, a person in one of the main characters’ lives and in very rare cases, someone unrelated to the God Account.
Some examples included Rachel Bay Jones (Dear Evan Hansen) as Cara’s mother Susan, Tom Everett Scott (Southland) as Cara’s stepfather Paul, TR Knight (Grey’s Anatomy) as Gideon, the first ‘prophet’ for the God Account and Derek Luke (13 Reasons Why) as Henry Chase, a man suspected of being behind the account in the first season.
God Friended Me will conclude its run on April 26, airing on CBS.
Since God Friended Me premiered on CBS in September 2018, viewers of the series have watched lead characters Miles Finer (Brandon Micheal Hall), Cara Bloom (Violett Beane) and Rakesh Singh (Suraj Sharma) help a number of ‘Friend Suggestions’ all over New York City, sent to them by the mysterious God Account.
Many of the episodes follow a formula and are usually a self-contained story. For example, Miles (or another character) will discover something about a future Friend Suggestion, their name is sent, the person or people in question is initially hesitant but eventually accepts their help and finally, the story for that week is wrapped up.
For some of the Friend Suggestions, their time on the show is over. However, as Miles and his friends have discovered through helping more people, they are gradually growing a network of extremely useful contacts. More than once, a former Friend Suggestion has repaid the favour to Miles by helping him out.
A major example of this is shown with Ray Nicolette (Brent Sexton), who made his first appearance in the third episode of season one. A former police officer and now PI, Ray has helped out Miles and Cara multiple times since meeting them. Whether it was tracking someone down or happening to be the arresting officer of a Friend Suggestion, years before the God Account.
John Dove (Christopher Redman), Miles’ very first Friend Suggestion, also managed to help the group out. After Miles saved Dove from ending his life by jumping under a train, Dove was fortunate, in his profession as a doctor, to be able to help Cara after she was knocked down.
Even Hasan, a taxi driver and conservative religious father, was in the right place at the right time to give Miles a ride when he urgently needed it.
Most recently, the nineteenth episode of season two, “The Fugitive”, featured the return of some familiar faces. Brothers Sameer and Jai, lawyers and business partners, who Miles had helped save from bankruptcy earlier in the season.
Using their legal expertise, they were able to help Russell (Keenan Jolliff), the current Friend Suggestion, who was a good person caught in a tight spot. Ultimately, Russell only has to serve six months in prison rather than a possible fifteen years.
Ultimately, God Friended Me rewards its loyal, long-time fans by bringing back faces from the past to help serve the story.
Throughout the two seasons thus far, Miles and his friends have helped these people out of very unpredictable situations and it makes sense, from a real world perspective, that they would want to repay the favour.
The next episode of God Friended Me, the twentieth of the season, is titled “Collateral Damage” and it will air on April 19.