The former “Dawson’s Creek” star has signed on to “Friends With Better Lives,” a comedy pilot at CBS. It’s about a group of friends who all think the others’ situation is better than their own. Dana Klein (“Friends”) created the show.
Van Der Beek will play a gynecologist whose outlook on life has soured considerably recently. He’s in the midst of divorcing his wife after finding out she cheated on him. He’s the second member of the “Apt. 23″ cast to score a pilot, following Krysten Ritter, who’s starring in NBC’s comedy “Assistance.”
Van Der Beek’s other recent credits include guest roles on “How I Met Your Mother,” where he reprised his role as one of Robin’s (Cobie Smulders) exes, and “Law & Order: SVU.”