James Van Der Beek to play James Van Der Beek
February 17th, 2011
06:04 PM ET

James Van Der Beek to play James Van Der Beek

We’re all quite familiar with James Van Der Beek’s sensitive side (will the crying gif ever get old?), but this time around, he’s going to try to make you laugh.

According to Deadline.com, the 33-year-old actor has been cast in what could be his first regular comedy, a pilot for ABC called “Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apt. 23.” (No, seriously – that’s what it’s called.)

The plot line focuses on June, played by “The Good Wife’s” Dreama Walker, an “earnest, honest, optimistic girl from the heartland” who has to move in with party girl Chloe in New York City. The sexy yet unstable character, played by Krysten Ritter (“Confessions of a Shopaholic") will also have “the morals of a pirate.”

Van Der Beek has been handed the role of Chloe’s best friend, but will essentially portray a version of himself – kind of like Neil Patrick Harris in the “Harold and Kumar” movies, or “Friends” star Matt LeBlanc in “Episodes.”

Although the role was originally written for Lance Bass, Deadline reports that it’s been completely retooled for Van Der Beek, he of the Funny or Die videos “Vandermemes” and “A-hole For Hire.”

Taking the reins as director will be “Modern Family’s” Jason Winer.

Filed under: Celebrities • television

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  1. Meh


    February 18, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Justin Bieber

    MMM...he looks yummy and I bet he is a first rate goober gobbler. I hope he will shoot goober juice all over my face.

    February 18, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Huh, What?

    So who is this little queen fairy? He should go back in the closet.

    February 18, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  4. Why

    Why do we care? Why do humans have to pick one another apart. You and your job and life can be picked as well. Anyway who gives a crap. If he pulls it off great if not move on to the next project. It's just a job people. relax.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  5. Chris

    Dawson is kind of funny in Rules of Engagement. Though parts of the movie is pretty gay but what you expect when it stars Van Der Beek.

    February 18, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  6. FLAME - ON!!

    This will be a colossal failure, it will be funny and I will laugh!

    February 18, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  7. Another FLAMER...Now Nice

    He was the one that made up to look like a girl in the show Dumbos creek

    February 18, 2011 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  8. RW

    If you wait around long enough, everything cycles back into style. Now what did I do with those platform shoes and polyester shirts??

    February 18, 2011 at 6:33 am | Report abuse |
  9. moo

    dant wanna see snooki. nope. if that means im gaay then so be it.

    February 18, 2011 at 5:41 am | Report abuse |
  10. moo

    No i have not thank goodness. I will happily pay money to never have to watch it. G R O S S !

    February 18, 2011 at 5:39 am | Report abuse |
  11. carrideal

    popular websites like printapons and retail me not has coupons for pretty much any shopping site I've gone to most of the coupons are valid drops down with coupons without me having to search for them

    February 18, 2011 at 5:37 am | Report abuse |




    February 18, 2011 at 4:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Babiyaga

      "I won't believe my eye"? Alright... but what if I have two of them? Does that make it more believable?

      February 18, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  13. MamaDoeDoe

    Trolol..that was a good one! I loved him on varsity blues!

    February 18, 2011 at 2:54 am | Report abuse |
  14. Brandon

    He already portrayed himself on film, in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.

    February 18, 2011 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
  15. elizabeth

    You people are pretty funny!

    February 17, 2011 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  16. bad times


    February 17, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  17. amanda

    I think he did really well on the guest staring role on how I met your mother as robin's teenage boyfriend. What was his character's name? He dumped her in their teens for a chick whose parents got a pool, then dumped her again years later for the same chick whose parents got a "jaquz", lol. Good times...

    February 17, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Scanners

    It blew up!

    February 17, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  19. April

    Actually, I remember when he was on As The World Turns. i think he was the one with the most sense as Katie Holmes has her drama with Tom Cruise. Michelle Williams had her drama with her movies and Health Ledger, He did not have cheating, drugs, drinking, womanizing, etc.

    February 17, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Spidermann

    He sure could play Brett Favre, he looks just the same

    February 17, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  21. A

    Geez, man, lay off the Botox. If you age like a normal human being, America might take you seriously this time around.

    February 17, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  22. yes

    He also killed Jon Benet Ramsey.

    February 17, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  23. erib baumen

    Didnt he kill natalie holloway

    February 17, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • don't forget

      He also killed Chris Farley

      February 17, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • R.I.P.

      He shot Tupac!

      February 17, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • getyourfactsright

      He admitted to strangling kurt cobain back in 1994, the rest of you people are lying.

      February 17, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Truth

      you all are morons. he only stabbed his cousin when he was in the sixth grade. later that same year he made a suicide pact with 4 other kids during summer camp but luckily his gun jammed but the other kids were not so lucky. oh and I did hear he burned down a house with an elderly woman inside it last august but it might just be a weird internet rumor.

      February 17, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • FBI Agent

      Thanks for the tips guys. We take every lead seriously.

      February 17, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Posh-Kenneth

      @all killer comments- you guys have seriously made my day. lol. I woke up feeling pretty crappy so thanks for tha laugh.

      February 18, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  24. erib baumen

    Didnt he kill that chic in aruba

    February 17, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Trolol

    People can hate him all they want but he doesn't want... Your.. Life. Either.

    February 17, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  26. amanda

    I think michelle williams has had the best post-DC career. Joshua Jackson has done really well, and Katie Holmes was fantastic. Now she is surrounded by Tom Cruise drama. The girl that played Pacey's crazy girlfriend was on Criminal Minds for awhile. But I agree it is funny that james van der beek has had the least successful career since dawson's creek and he was dawson.

    February 17, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  27. tall guy

    I give it 4 episodes. Then out.

    February 17, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Pacey

    It's funny how Dawson was the only one from Dawson's Creek to have a lousy career.

    February 17, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • L. Bass

      Yeah, that creek really dried up, so to speak.

      February 17, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • What?

      and you think Joey hit it big with Tom?

      February 17, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aloof

      I think he just got big headed with the success of Dawsons Creek and let it get to him. Being young it happens, hope he has learned from it.

      February 17, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lol

      so that's what happened to his head?

      February 17, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Posh-Kenneth

      Yeah... and Katie Holmes' career is successful how? I know I'd be proud of box office smashes like "Teaching Ms. Tingle" and "Disturbing Behavior". What career are you looking at dude? She hasn't got one.

      February 18, 2011 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
    • CM

      Varsity Blues alone was enough to get him a pass for awhile 🙂

      February 18, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |

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