Pilot Scoop: James Van Der Beek Is One of CBS' Friends With Better Lives

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JAMES VAN DER BEEKB—- ya later!

Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 star James Van Der Beek has joined the CBS comedy pilot Friends With Better Lives, TVLine has learned.

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The project, from Friends producer Dana Klein, revolves around a group of 30something pals who each think the other has it better. Aaron Kaplan joins Klein as an EP on the multi-cam project.

The man formerly known as Dawson will play Will, a gynecologist whose outlook on life becomes decidedly bleaker after his wife’s infidelity leads to their imminent divorce.

Van Der Beek played a heightened, narcissistic version of himself in ABC’s unofficially cancelled Don’t Trust the B—-In addition to Dawson’s Creek, he’s appeared in One Tree HillMercy, and Law & Order: SVU. He also recently reprised his role of Robin Sparkles’ boyfriend Simon on How I Met Your Mother.



Comments (18)

  • Question: Did ABC already canceled Apt. 23 or is it still on after it got yanked from the schedule?

    Comment by Tran – February 22, 2013 11:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Good luck JVDB!

    Comment by LaurenMC – February 22, 2013 11:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’ve never actually watched Dawson, but I really liked the self-irony he portrayed both in Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back and Apt. 23

    Comment by DJ Doena – February 22, 2013 11:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • That’s great! He was hilarious on Apt 23. Glad to hear he and Krysten Ritter both have pilots, hope they find shows that will keep them around for a while!

    Comment by Kristina – February 22, 2013 11:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • whose outlook on life becomes decidedly bleaker after his wife’s infidelity leads to their imminent divorce – Not sure if we are talking about this new character or ROSS GELLAR! :P

    Comment by Rivera – February 22, 2013 11:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • He was so great on “Don’t Trust the B—!” Fingers crossed for him that this gets picked up!

    Comment by Kelly – February 22, 2013 12:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wait – Apt 23 wasn’t a reality series?

    Comment by John – February 22, 2013 12:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Nope. Scripted comedy. He was one of the main cast, but the leads were two female apartment-mates in NYC. James played the role of “James,” who was the best friend of one of the girls.

      The real JVDB is married with at least one child. This version was a hilariously shallow party boy whose attempts to rejuvenate his career always backfired and sent him further down the list of B-level has-beens. Not a bad guy at all, and he truly loved his friends. Just … shallow.

      Comment by BTM – February 22, 2013 01:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I’m pretty sure John was being sarcastic…

        Comment by Esme – February 22, 2013 02:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Haha. I was thinking the same. I can’t believe someone really explained the premise.

          Comment by JON – February 22, 2013 05:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Unless John was being serious. Then that would be sad.

            Comment by LOLOLOL – February 22, 2013 05:34 PM PDT  
  • I thought he was excellent on “Don’t Trust the B-”….Have a new found appreciation for him :)

    Comment by Eliza – February 22, 2013 12:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So far so good – yes, an early cancellation of B Apt 23 which was sad news, but an opportunity for cast to land pilots in Feb/March. Now, both Krysten (Assistance/ABC) and JVDB have landed pilot. O-oookay – now, maybe a pilot for Dreama? Come on FOX – maybe ‘To My Assistant’ or ’2 Wrongs’?

    Comment by Nero theTVFiddler – February 22, 2013 12:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why doesn’t he just play himself again, he’d fit in the project just as well! I love James van der Beek playing James van der Beek!

    Comment by Anna – February 22, 2013 01:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • As glad as I am that he’s landed on his feet, I don’t think anything can top his Apt. 23 character. He was by far the greatest thing about that show. I’m gonna miss vapid, crazy, Dean Cain-hating JVDB.

    Comment by Erin – February 22, 2013 02:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Loved him in Apt. 23, will check out the new series.

    Comment by tara17 – February 24, 2013 12:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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