Further proof that the wall between our world and the worlds of our high school fantasies is crumbling (we already mentioned Joshua Jackson once today!), James Van Der Beek will play himself in Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apt. 23, a new ABC pilot featuring the Dawson’s star as the lead actress’s best friend. According to Deadline, James will play “James Van Der Beek, a heightened version of himself in the vein of Neil Patrick Harris‘ stint in the Harold & Kumar movies.” Even more bizarrely, the role was originally intended for Lance BassÃ¢â‚¬Â¦who would play have played Lance Bass. Are all of our school girl crushes showing up just to pull us down into pop culture madness (except for Lance because even we know that ship has sailed)?
While Van Der Beek is reportedly sought often for dramatic shows during pilot season, James has been upping his comedic profile recently with a guest spot on How I Met Your Mother and the delightful site James Vander Memes. Van Der Beek joins such actors as Matt LeBlanc and his new show Episodes who are so strongly associated with one role, seeing them play themselves is a novelty. Man, if Chad Michael Murray and the older brother from Phenom get shows where they play themselves, then we’ll know for sure that we’ve completely lost it.