‘Friends’ scribe Curtis will pal pilot with Fox

Artists TV taking reins

Former “Friends” writer/exec producer Michael Curtis has found some new pals at Fox Broadcasting: The web has given the scribe a blind put pilot commitment for the 2000-01 season.

Project will be a half-hour comedy to be produced by Artists Television Group, the Artists Management Group affiliate that signed Curtis to an overall development deal last summer.

Curtis ankled “Friends” in May following four years with the hit NBC Thursday night laffer. His final season with the skein, in which he served as exec producer of the program with writing partner Greg Malins, was widely regarded as one of the more critically successful in the show’s history and resulted in “Friends” snagging an Emmy nomination for best comedy.

Immediately after “Friends,” Curtis segued to a role as co-exec producer on this fall’s short-lived CBS comedy “Work With Me.” His other credits include writing stints on ABC’s “The Wonder Years” and HBO’s “Dream On.”

Curtis is one of several “Friends” scribes to land major development deals in recent months. Current “Friends” co-exec producer Seth Kurland inked a big-bucks deal to write and produce programs for Touchstone Television in early October. Scribe/exec producer Adam Chase has an overall deal with ATG. And over the summer, former “Friends” scribe Alexa Junge — who snagged an Emmy nom for writing one of last season’s segs — pacted with BGTV and Columbia TriStar on an overall deal.

Curtis is repped by UTA and attorney Jeanne Newman.