James Van Der Beek To Play Diplo In New Viceland Comedy Series
In what might be the most bizarre news to come out of the year thus far: a comedy series about Diplo is coming to Viceland. To up the strange dial, James Van Der Beek is set to play the American DJ on the small screen.
According to Deadline, the Dawson’s Creek star is also writing and serving as executive producer (along with Diplo himself) for the project, tentatively titled What Would Diplo Do? The show is being described as “Louie meets WorldStar HipHop crossed with This Is Spinal Tap,” which means we could be getting just about anything out of these guys.
WWDD? will be a more developed version of an online concert promo Van Der Beek starred in last summer. Just like the mini video, he tells Deadline, “the show doesn’t take itself too seriously,” but that it’s also “not cynical.”
To add some legitimacy, Oscar-winning filmmaker and Viceland co-president, Spike Jonze, will be “shepherding” the show. “When James was in the office a few weeks ago, he told me the story lines he had sketched out, they were, of course, funny; one even got me emotional which made it that much more funny,” he told Deadline. “This idea has gotten inside James which makes me really excited to see what he makes and happy to have it on our channel.”
Weird? Very, but we’re also a little intrigued how this is going to play out. WWDD? Is set to come out later in the year, with production starting in February. We’re not sure we’re ready for twerking, appropriation, and slang use on a larger scale, but looks like we’re going to get it anyway.