Brillstein-Grey Entertainment has inked a development deal with Patrick Warburton, the actor who played Elaine’s boyfriend, David Puddy, on “Seinfeld.”
The studio plans to develop a sitcom with the actor for fall 1999. No network is attached yet and Warburton is still meeting with writers, but insiders say NBC has shown interest in a series with him.
NBC Studios actually had Warburton under a deal last season and developed the comedy pilot “Blind Men” for him. That show didn’t get picked up, but the Peacock still has its eye on the actor.
“The splash that Patrick made on ‘Seinfeld’ last year signaled that his time has come,” said Kevin Reilly, executive vice president of TV at BGE.
Aside from “Seinfeld,” Warburton was recently cast in the lead role “Camouflage,” an indie feature penned by Oscar-winner Billy Bob Thornton. He also played the voice of Superman in the Jerry Seinfeld-directed American Express campaign.
Warburton is managed by Dolores Robinson and Michael Valeo and repped by Steven Levy at Innovative Artists.