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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.”

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Arnold Schwarzenegger tells Jimmy Fallon to 'Get to da choppa!' -- VIDEO

During his appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Arnold Schwarzenegger proved why he’s a good sport.

In a QVC cooking show skit, Schwarzenegger took us all back to his Predator days with one line: “Get to da choppa!!!” Of course, this time, he was referring to a vegetable chopper instead of a helicopter — not to mention that he was wearing an apron — but who cares about the details, right? Once a Schwarzenegger, always a Schwarzenegger.

Watch the clip below:

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'How I Met Your Mother' recap: '...and it was legendary'

UPDATE: Recap is live! Monday’s episode of How I Met Your Mother, titled “The End of the Aisle,” was the series’ last new episode before next week’s hour-long season finale. Your full recap of tonight’s episode is on the way, but as the series prepares to wind down, we want to get the discussion going ASAP.

VOW-za, guys. Vow-za.

I’m moved. I’m smiling. I’m crying rivers of happy tears.

I always knew the writers of How I Met Your Mother could do a several things extremely well. Craft masterful inside joke, for example. Or create a catchphrase that somehow weaseled its way into ours everyday lives. But what am I going to miss most when this show takes its final bow next week? Basically the last four minutes of every episode that ever resonated with me.

This week, as the titled of the episode indicated, Barney and Robin finally reached the end of the aisle. They got married. But wrapped up into this long, long, long, long, long, long-awaited ceremony were lessons about love and honesty and bears. Ok, maybe just the first two were important.

I’ll back up…

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'The Good Wife': One viewer's 10 stages of grief

Spoiler alert: If you haven’t watched Sunday’s episode of The Good Wife, stop reading now!

I’ve lost beloved television characters before. I have grieved before. But sitting on my couch watching The Good Wife on Sunday night was unlike any experience I’ve ever had as a viewer.

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'The Good Wife' creators write a letter to fans: 'Life does go on'

Spoiler alert: If you have not watched last night’s episode of The Good Wife, stop reading now!

Dear Good Wife fans: If you’re anything like me, you’re still in a very fragile state this morning. You’re questioning everything that happened during last night’s episode. You might be feeling a  bit angry, but more than anything, you’re on the verge of bursting into tears at any given moment.

The good (or bad) news: I’ve got a letter that might help speed up the whole crying process.

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'The Good Wife': Talk about Sunday's HUGE twist

SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t watched Sunday’s episode of The Good Wife, BEWARE. MAJOR spoilers ahead.

Your full recap of Sunday’s The Good Wife is ahead…when our recapper stops sobbing. READ FULL STORY

'The Walking Dead': Welcome to Terminus

Last week’s episode of The Walking Dead hit new levels on the WTF?!? meter as Lizzie stabbed her sister Mika and then Carol put a bullet in Lizzie’s brain. How would the AMC drama follow that up while also setting the table for next week’s season 4 finale? Well, we just found out. [SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched Sunday's episode of The Walking Dead.] READ FULL STORY

Benedict Cumberbatch gets his own #GoodToBeBad Jaguar commercial

Benedict Cumberbatch knows a thing or two about playing bad. (And brilliant. And both.) So it was a no-brainer to have the Jaguar spokesman lend his voice to the luxury car company’s new “Good to Be Bad” ad campaign.

The voiceover spot comes on the heels of Jaguar’s devilishly fun Super Bowl commercial featuring Tom Hiddleston, Ben Kingsley, and Mark Strong as very bad men enjoying the good life (or at least enjoying British-made modes of transportation).

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'The Originals' at PaleyFest: Claire Holt hopes to return, and five more things we learned -- VIDEO

Rebekah fans can breathe a sigh of relief. As far as Claire Holt is concerned, the Original sister’s absence is only a temporary fix. But that was only one thing fans took away from the Originals PaleyFest panel, where cast and crew also discussed Elijah’s journey, the things they aren’t allowed to show on The CW, and whether The Vampire Diaries‘ Caroline might be making her way to New Orleans anytime soon.

Here are six things we took away — plus one bonus tidbit — from executive producers Michael Narducci and Julie Plec, and cast members Charles Michael Davis (Marcel), Leah Pipes (Cami), Phoebe Tonkin (Hayley), Daniel Gillies (Elijah), Joseph Morgan (Klaus), Claire Holt (Rebekah), and Danielle Campbell (Davina).

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'The Vampire Diaries' at PaleyFest: Eight things we learned (the love triangle isn't over yet!) -- VIDEO

If the Vampire Diaries PaleyFest panel proved anything, it’s that this cast and crew are total professionals when working in front of screaming fans. (After five years, they’re used to it.) Luckily, we were able to cut through the excitement and pull out some delicious tidbits about what’s to come for the rest of season 5.

Hear are eight things we took away from executive producers Caroline Dries and Julie Plec, and cast members Paul Wesley (Stefan), Nina Dobrev (Elena), and Ian Somerhalder (Damon).

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