When ABC canceled his critically praised but ratings-challenged sitcom The Mayor at the end of 2017 after only 13 episodes, Brandon Micheal Hall found himself at a crossroads in life. Disillusioned, the actor wasn't at all sure what his next move might be. But that changed when CBS, and God, friended the actor, putting him on a new, albeit initially uncomfortable career path. In God Friended Me Hall plays a podcasting atheist who is forced to re-evaluate his beliefs after receiving a social media friend request from an entity known only as God. Turns out going against his actual beliefs was a blessing. "This project came at a time when my faith was lost after The Mayor," Hall told MediaVillage. "I was disillusioned with the industry. How does [a network] take an amazing, impactful show and say, 'Now we don't want that?' Kids would come up to me and say, ‘I want to be like you. I want to be a mayor. I have these ambitions. I see myself represented on the screen.’ The Mayor was impactful.