Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Viceland Orders First Scripted Comedy Series 'What Would Diplo Do?' Starring James Van Der Beek

Viceland is pushing into the crowded scripted series arena. Today, the cable network has given a series order to comedy What Would Diplo Do? starring James Van Der Beek (Dawson's Creek). The series will premiere later in 2017.

Described as Louie meets WorldStar HipHop crossed with This Is Spinal Tap, Van Der Beek will play a fictional version of DJ superstar Diplo in a collection of parables about life as told through the eyes of a guy who can bring 60,000 people to their feet... but kind of sucks one-on-one.

Van Der Beek created the series and will serve as showrunner on the six-episode first season. He will executive produce with Diplo, Kevin Kusatsu and Brandon Dermer. 

"I've enjoyed deconstructing my own image quite a bit over the years, but to have the chance to do it with a global megastar like Diplo who's letting us do something fun and ridiculous that few people have the balls to allow is crazy," said Van Der Beek. "To get to work with this creative team within a Viceland aesthetic is fun on a whole new level."