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James Van Der Beek lands CBS gig

Actor to co-star in sitcom pilot, 'Friends With Better Lives'

By Mekeisha Madden Toby Feb 22, 2013 4:38PM

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Disgruntled fans of "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23" can put down their virtual picket signs now. James Van Der Beek has found another job.


The 35-year-old heartthrob, who earned comedic street cred playing an exaggerated version of himself on the now canceled ABC sitcom, is making the switch to CBS, reports THR  and TV Guide. He'll co-star on a buddy-comedy pilot called "Friends with Better Lives" and will play a witty but pessimistic gynecologist.


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The hook of "Friends with Better Lives" is each bud thinks the other has a sweeter station in life. The Beek's character, Will Stokes, has an awesome career but his wife cheated on him with his therapist and now he has trust issues. Dana Klein ("Friends") is the executive producer and writer behind "Friends with Better Lives."


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As for Van Der Beek, he is the second "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23" star to land a new gig. Krysten Ritter, who played the "B----," will co-star in the NBC comedy pilot "Assistance." It's based on the Leslye Headland play of the same name.