james van der beek gi 320 James Van Der Beek playing ... James Van Der Beek in ABC pilotJames Van Der Beek has booked his first series regular role since “Dawson’s Creek,” and it’s a part he was born to play.

Van Der Beek will play “James Van Der Beek” in ABC’s comedy pilot “Don’t Trust the B***h in Apartment 23,” Deadline reports. Like Larry David in “Curb Your Enthusiasm” or Matt LeBlanc in “Episodes,” he’ll play a version of himself as written by the show’s creator, Nahnatchka Khan (“American Dad”).

The pilot centers on June (Dreama Walker of “The Good Wife”), a girl from the Midwest who moves into an apartment with a New York scenester (Krysten Ritter, “Breaking Bad”) who proceeds to make June’s life extremely complicated. The not-quite-real Van Der Beek is a friend of Ritter’s character.

Fun fact: The famous-friend role was originally conceived for former *NSync member Lance Bass, Deadline says. With The Beek onboard, revisions are being made.

Van Der Beek had a recurring part on NBC’s “Mercy” last season and has also appeared on “One Tree Hill,” “Criminal Minds” and “How I Met Your Mother” in recent years. But he hasn’t been a full-time series player since “Dawson’s Creek” ended in 2003.

Posted by:Rick Porter