'God Friended Me' Cancelled After Two Seasons
The two-hour finale of God Friended Me on Sunday, April 26, 2020 wasn't just the end of the second season. It was the last of any season because the series was not renewed for a third season. That is sad news for fans of the American comedy-drama television series who had watched it since its release date of September 30, 2018.
Production was halted in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. Then CBS cancelled the show just two weeks before the finale. After two seasons, viewers loved it enjoyed seeing Miles Finer receiving a friend request from the God account. Sometimes the friend was someone Miles knew, but often it was someone he didn't know. All the friends had a problem that Miles had to find out what it was, and he had to interact with them in order to help them. He was always instrumental in helping the friends solved their problems.
Production was on hold because of the coronavirus. The last two episodes were not originally written to be the finale for Season 2. When Creators Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt were informed in April that their series would not be renewed for Season 3, the two men became very creative to use the two-hour series finale to also be the final episode for the show. They did several things to say "good-bye" to viewers in a subtle way.
They looked at some footage they already had and used some of it in their final episode. For instance, they had never used the mountaintop scene at the beginning and end of the finale. They filmed that for the pilot but they never used it. The idea was always to get Miles on the mountaintop and we had that footage sitting there for two years after we went to Utah to film at 11,000 feet.
Then they used it a montage with all the main characters and all of the friend suggestions. It was definitely used as a love letter to all the fans of the series.
During the entire two seasons, a secondary feature of the series was a focus on Miles' spiritual journey. The creators looked at some footage they already had of Miles on the mountaintop and used some of it in their final episode to represent how far Miles had come from being an atheist to believing in what he could not understand such as the God account.
The mountaintop scene at the beginning and end of the finale was filmed for the pilot but was never used after two years. The idea was always to get Miles on the Annapurna Himalayas after he was filmed in Utah at 11,000 feet.
The creators knew they had to put use it in the final or never get the chance to use it at all.
Gathering of Main Cast
If you saw the finale, you would have seen that all of the main cast members were in the last episode. Not only that, but all of the main cast members were also gathered together in the same place for the same reason. That's customary for a final scene of any show that is going off the air forever.
All Loose Ends Tied Up
At the end of the final episode, Miles gave a summary of how loose ends had been tied up. All of those loose ends were tied up in a very positive way. The following events happened. Most of them were seen in a montage at the end of the series.
- Cara's mother's husband was released from prison. The family moved away to get a fresh start.
- Miles and Cara did get back together after a few months, and it was like falling in love all over again.
- Rakesh and Jaya also got back together and became engaged. If there would have been a Season 3, they would have started a family.
- Ali Finer went to seminary and followed in the footsteps of her father Arthur Finer as a minister.
Footage From Previous Episodes
Other than the mountaintop footage, Miles goes to church in the final episode. However, that scene had not been filmed as viewers saw it. The creators built scenes from previous episodes where Miles had gone to church. Viewers probably didn't notice he was wearing one of the same sets of clothing he had worn before. Other characters were removed from the footage, and viewers saw Miles in the church alone which was very effective.
During the montage, Ali is standing behind a pulpit and speaking. That footage was pulled from a previous episode.
A Glimmer of Hope
The creators were never told why their show was cancelled after 42 episodes. Wynbrandt said they are taking the time to process the cancellation and move forward. Lilien said viewers might see them sooner rather than later if he had to guess.
Since Brandon Micheal Hall's character was a podcaster on the series, fans want to know if producers might consider continuing the story through podcasts. Wynbrandt said Hall has talked to him about. He said they are just winding down, so no plans are currently in place for continuing. Wynbrandt added that fans should keep their ears open for what might happen concerning the series.
Hall wrote on his Instagram account that the cancellation was "completely out of our control" and "a hard pill to swallow."