Still, for those who complain about the central role that faith plays in the life of a majority of Americans — and the dearth of TV shows that address the topic head-on — the series is clearly intended to tap into that audience.
Despite criticism that the major networks receive for being gun-shy about religion, history offers no assurance of matching “Touched’s” nine-year run. Indeed, perhaps in part due to reservations among the faithful, religious-themed series have a spotty track record, as ABC discovered just last season with the quirky concept “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World.”
Based on that, “God Friended Me” — created by Bryan Wynbrandt and Steven Lilien (“Alcatraz”), working with mega-producer Greg Berlanti — might not be the answer to anyone’s prayers. And to the extent a series pilot is basically a request to check out future episodes, given the promising start, click “yes.”
“God Friended Me” premieres Sept. 30 at 8:30 p.m. on CBS.