Chase takes ‘Cursed’ reins

Former 'Friends' scribe assumes control now

Former “Friends” scribe Adam Chase has pacted with NBC, signing on as exec producer of the net’s upcoming Thursday laffer “Cursed” and securing a series commitment from the Peacock.

Chase assumes control of the show effective immediately. It’s expected that production on the skein will shut down for 3-4 weeks as Chase makes adjustments. As a result, the show’s scheduled Oct. 12 premiere may be pushed back a week or two. “Cursed” will remain as part of NBC’s fall schedule, however, and will keep its plum 8:30 p.m. timeslot.

Peacock execs are said to be overjoyed at landing Chase and are hoping the show, which has had a bumpy start, will now turn into a solid 8:30 p.m. Thursday franchise.

NBC pursued Chase after the original showrunners of the ATG-produced “Cursed,” Mitchel Katlin and Nat Bernstein, bowed out late last week (Daily Variety, Sept. 12.)

As part of the agreement, NBC has given ATG and Chase a 13-episode series commitment for a new comedy to be developed at a later date.

Chase is one of several high-profile scribes recruited by ATG topper Eric Tannenbaum last year as Tannebaum was building the fledgling studio. Scribe spent six years on “Friends,” starting as story editor and working his way up to exec producer.

Deal was brokered by ICM.

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