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


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.