Actor Wayne Knight, known to most as the demented postman Newman on NBC’s “Seinfeld,” has inked a three-year deal with Carsey-Werner to appear as a recurring character on NBC’s “3rd Rock From the Sun” and to develop his own pilot.
But Jerry Seinfeld won’t be saying goodbye to his “Hello, Newman” greeting anytime soon. Knight has also sealed a deal to return for nine more episodes of “Seinfeld” next season.
Raise on the way
Because Knight isn’t a “Seinfeld” series regular, he won’t be getting the $600,000 per episode the other supporting cast members take home. But Knight did get a raise and will receive about $55,000 to $60,000 per episode, which is high for guest appearances.
Knight also has appeared occasionally as Officer Don, the love interest of the character Sally on NBC’s “3rd Rock,” and his new deal with Carsey-Werner will have him showing up in about 17 more episodes next season. The indie production company will also commit some development money to creating a pilot for Knight.
Sources say the Carsey-Werner deal with Knight is worth more than $2 million over the course of three years. Right now, Knight has a similar development deal with Warner Bros. TV that expires at the end of November.
While the “Seinfeld” work has made Knight one of the more recognizable character actors in TV, he also has appeared in several features, such as “Jurassic Park” and “Space Jam.”
The Carsey-Werner and “Seinfeld” deals were cut by UTA’s Martin Lesak, Sue Naegle and Jason Heyman. Carsey-Werner, UTA, “Seinfeld” production company Castle Rock and NBC would not comment on the figures for the deal.