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'Friends With Better Lives': A first assessment, plus burning questions

Clearly, CBS hopes its newest “group of pals” sitcom may be able to fill the How I Met Your Mother-shaped hole in your heart. Why else would the network premiere Friends With Better Lives at 9 p.m. Monday night — right after HIMYM wraps up its final season, when all its loyal fans are at their most vulnerable?

But if HIMYM was, at heart, a Ted Mosby — kind, good-hearted, a soul-mate sort of show; hold on, I’ve got something in my eye — FWBL is more of an early-period Barney Stinson. By that, I mean it’s crass, boorish, and, at least as of now, not exactly the kind of series you’d want to spend more than a few nights with. READ FULL STORY

James Van Der Beek reminisces about 'Dawson's Creek' stalkers on 'Late Night' -- VIDEO

James Van Der Beek had plenty of fan girls during his Dawson’s Creek days. But the way he tells it, screaming teens were the least of his worries back then.

When visiting Late Night to promote his new show, Friends with Better Lives, on Thursday, Van Der Beek told Seth Meyers that his craziest stalker was a man who made him mix-tapes featuring songs from films and TV shows that the actor appeared in. Seriously. Check out his funny-scary recollection here:


James Van Der Beek talks Kevin Connolly's broken leg, says 'Don't Trust the B---' is '26 episodes of awesome' -- LISTEN

Ahead of the premiere of his new CBS sitcom Friends With Better Lives on Monday, James Van Der Beek joined EW’s Dalton Ross for EW Morning Live on Entertainment Weekly Radio to talk everything from his co-star Kevin Connolly’s broken leg to the legacy of his failed sitcom Don’t Trust the B— in Apt. 23.

In the clip below, Van Der Beek recounts how Connolly texted that his “leg was totally broken,” doing his best vocal impression of the Entourage star. “His texts actually sound like that too,” he joked. Van der Beek said Connolly is having surgery Friday, but is shooting the Entourage movie with no cast or crutches, calling him the “toughest guy” he knows.

Van Der Beek also spoke highly of his former ABC sitcom Don’t Trust the B— in Apt. 23, equating it to the “kid that you really love who is getting bullied.” Although he says no one watched the series while it was on, he noted it “now has a second life on Netflix” and recalled telling the cast, “We are no longer a canceled show; we are now 26 episodes of awesome.”

Listen to the clip below to hear him discuss his fondness for his guest spots on outgoing CBS staple comedy How I Met Your Mother and why the series is the “golden launching pad” for Friends With Better Lives — which debuts directly after the HIMYM series finale Monday at 9 p.m. ET. READ FULL STORY

James Van Der Beek remembers 'Dawson's Creek', 'Varsity Blues' and the role that got away

You know James Van Der Beek, from, well, being James Van Der Beek. The former star of Dawson’s Creek played a fictionalized version of himself on 2012’s Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, after adding a whole list of credits (like Varsity Blues, Rules of Attraction, and How I Met Your Mother) to his resume in addition to Dawson.

The Beek’s next role? Divorced doctor Will in CBS’s new sitcom Friends with Better Lives, premiering March 31. Before he shows off his comedy chops once again, Van Der Beek took a game look back at his most important roles — and the people who still hold a place in his heart, even after two decades in the biz.

The role my mom loves the most: Varsity Blues
“I think my mom was probably a Dawson fan, but it’s so funny — my mom’s favorite scene is the one in Varsity Blues where I give all the names for the different words for an erection. She just finds it really funny. The fact that I say ‘Pedro’ at the end of it, she just thought was hilarious. Quite frankly, I don’t want to discuss or think too much about why.”


'Dawson's Creek': Who's the teenage dream, Joey/Dawson or Joey/Pacey? POLL

In honor of March Madness, EW is launching a tournament to determine the Greatest TV Couple of All Time. But before we can finalize the brackets, we are turning to you, our hopeless TV romantic readers, to decide which five couples – all part of a love triangle on their shows — make it out of a qualifying round to fill the final slots. Today, we’re debating Joey and Dawson versus Joey and Pacey on Dawson’s Creek.

Admit it, people: Whether you loved or despised America’s original hate-watching phenomenon back when it aired, on some level, you still care about Dawson‘s Creek. Maybe not enough to actually watch Don’t Trust the B– in Apt. 23, but definitely enough to want only the best for Michelle Williams. (She’s been through so much, you guys!) And caring about Dawson’s Creek necessarily means nursing a strong opinion about the show’s central love triangle, which cast BFFs Dawson Leery (James Van Der Beek) and Pacey Witter (Joshua Jackson) as rivals for the heart of one Josephine Potter (Katie Holmes).

The funny thing about this conflict is that it wasn’t always Dawson‘s main throughline. When the soap began in 1998, its plot hinged on a totally different love triangle — the one between budding filmmaker Dawson, his lovelorn pal Joey, and sexy, sophisticated big city transplant Jen (Williams). In the series’s 10th episode, though, Joey and sarcastic screwup Pacey were forced to work on a school science project together — and suddenly, the show’s writers realized that their snappy, Beatrice and Benedick-esque dynamic might be more interesting than Joey’s unrequited love for the boy who lived across the creek.


'How I Met Your Mother' react: Robin Sparkles returns...with an edgy twist!

“I’m so happy right now!” Lily declared towards the end of the episode, and who could blame her? She – as well as viewers – got to witness the fourth (and last?) Robin Sparkles single, “P.S. I Love You,” which featured a suddenly edgy Sparkles singing about a guy she may or may not have been stalking (Rewatch the amazing clip here!) But this episode of How I Met Your Mother showed that obsession can happen to the best of us when romantic gestures can so easily be misconstrued as something either cute or scary, depending on how charmed the recipient is. “There’s a fine line between love and insanity,” Ted explained, “and it’s called the Dobler-Dahmer Theory.” The Dobler-Dahmer Theory is based on the character from Say Anything and the serial killer, and was easily one of the most amusing (and accurate!) terms the show has coined in quite a while. How did this convenient explanation from Ted even come up? From the top! READ FULL STORY

China's state paper duped by 'Onion' joke about Kim Jong-un as 'sexiest man alive'

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Have you ever been duped by an Onion article? I personally was convinced that Oprah Winfrey was going to donate her final studio audience to charity a few years back. It’s therefore not too surprising, but still extremely embarrassing, that The People’s Daily the online version of China’s Communist Party newspaper — ran an article and 55-page photo spread yesterday in honor of The Onion‘s pick of North Korea’s supreme leader Kim Jong-un as 2012’s “sexiest man alive.”

The photos include Jong-un squinting, waving, touring a facility with his wife, and engaged in other manly deeds. And the kicker? One of the pictorials shows the cherubic hunk on horseback (too bad he’s fully clothed). READ FULL STORY

James Van Der Beek on 'Conan': Too hot for TV -- VIDEO

How hot is meta, grown-up James Van Der Beek? So hot that his interview on Conan last night got interrupted by an actual fire alarm.

One minute, Van Der Beek was describing his douchey Don’t Trust the B—– in Apt. 23 character and complimenting Conan O’Brien’s high, tight butt — the next, their conversation was pierced by a high-pitched screeching sound. “So let me get this straight, James Van Der Beek,” Conan joked as the alarm grew louder. “You wait 14 years — 14 years — ’til it’s safe to come back on this show” — the host and the former teen idol hadn’t chatted since The Beek’s Dawson’s Creek days — “and there’s a f–in’ fire alarm!”

Then Conan threw to commercial so his crew could quiet the noise (or, you know, put out the fire). Watch it here:


Kristen Stewart, Justin Bieber, and Snooki read mean tweets about themselves -- VIDEO

Jimmy Kimmel Live! has become a factory for laugh-out-loud segments that have fun at guests’ expenses. Last night was no different. Celebrities including Kristen Stewart, Justin Bieber, and Snooki read nasty tweets about themselves out loud to the camera.

While some of the tweets targeted stars’ careers — James Van Der Beek’s show Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 and Katy Perry’s movie Katy Perry: Part of Me — the funniest ones were personal attacks. Larry King look repulsed as he read, ”Did you know that if you skinned Larry King & ironed out his leather, you could make enough coats to give 1 to every poor child in America?”

Most of the celebs took the insults in stride, but Danny McBride couldn’t quite suppress his anger.

Watch the video below (the segment starts halfway through the clip).


James Van Der Beek is a lean, jean-wearing parody machine -- VIDEO

Congratulations, James Van Der Beek! You’ve officially become pop culture’s foremost self-parodist. Between his instantly viral Van Der Memes, his ridiculous performance in Ke-dollar-sign-ha’s “Blow” video, and his upcoming role as (who else) James Van Der Beek on ABC’s Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt. 23, Dawson has finally discovered a way to stay relevant: Never stop making fun of your Paula Cole-soundtracked past.

And hey, if the results are always this funny, we’ll be happy to keep buying what the Beek is selling. In this new promo for Don’t Trust the B—-, the man who mangled “I don’t want your life!” can be found pushing his latest product: tight trousers called Beek Jeans. Or BJs, for short.

That’s right — the video features Van Der Beek suavely saying things like “I love my BJs” while caressing his own WB-approved behind. What would Joey say!? (Actually, we know exactly what she’d say: several polysyllabic words, occasionally punctuated by a hair-tuck.)

Giggle at the video below, then tell us: Are you getting tired of James’s Van Der Schtick? Does the clip make you more likely to watch his new show? And what would you rather wear, Beek Jeans or Mom Jeans? READ FULL STORY

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