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‘Friends’ alum Ungerleider joins ‘Cursed’

Will serve as exec producer on ATG show

“Jesse” creator Ira Ungerleider has joined fellow “Friends” alum Adam Chase aboard the upcoming NBC sitcom “Cursed.”

Ungerleider will serve as executive producer along with Chase, who was tapped last week to assume control of the ATG comedy. “Cursed” has been shut down for the next few weeks as the show is adjusted under its new showrunners (Daily Variety, Sept. 14).

Ungerleider is on loan from Columbia TriStar Television, where he most recently exec produced the pilot “Good as Gold.”

“Adam said, ‘If you can get me Ira, I can do this and in this time frame,’ ” said ATG prexy Eric Tannenbaum. “They’ve worked together as partners for years — (“Cursed”) is getting these two guys back together.”

Sources say the show’s pilot is being reshot, under director Jim Burrows, to reflect a significant change in tone. While “Cursed’s” theme is the same, the show will no longer be as high concept as before.

Meanwhile, NBC has found a creative way to fill the 8:30 p.m. Thursday slot during the two-week gap created by the delay in production on “Cursed.”

On Oct. 19, the Peacock will follow the season premiere of “Friends” with another original episode of the Warner Bros. TV skein. NBC will not promote the back-to-back “Friends” as an hourlong episode, however, at the request of the show’s producers.

An original seg of “Will & Grace” is expected to slide into the 8:30 slot on Oct. 26, leading into the regularly skedded 9 p.m. episode of the skein.

(Josef Adalian contributed to this report.)

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