Scoop: James Van Der Beek Joins the Cast of CSI: Cyber as a Series Regular

James Van Der Beek Cast CSI Cyber

The quick demise of Friends With Better Lives apparently didn’t sour James Van Der Beek on CBS — the Dawson’s Creek alum is staying in business with the network via a series-regular role on CSI: Cyber, TVLine has learned.

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He will play FBI Agent Elijah Mundo, an expert in battlefield forensics recruited by Special Agent Avery Ryan (Patricia Arquette). Mundo is a savant when it comes to weaponry, vehicles, and bombs. A self-proclaimed action junkie, Agent Mundo will often put himself at risk to seek permanent justice while Ryan will level his diehard behavior with her expertise in psychology.

Born of an April episode of CSI proper and inspired by the work of real-life Cyber Psychologist Mary Aiken, CSI: Cyber centers on the FBI’s Cyber Crime Division, which targets illegal activities that start in the mind, live online, and play out in the real world.

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The cast also includes Community‘s Charley Koontz as Agent Daniel Grummitz and recent addition Peter MacNicol (Numb3rs) as Avery’s supervisor, Assistant Director Stavros Sifter.

CBS is eyeing a midseason launch for the CSI spin-off.