James Van Der Beek To Play Diplo In New Viceland Comedy Series


We mean, sure

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.  

Cardi B, Avril Lavigne, and so much more

Every weekend, we bring you #SOUNDCHECK—your destination for the best of the best new music that hit the web over the course of the week. Because you should always be prepared when someone passes you that AUX cord. This week's round features 21 of our favorite emerging and established artists including Cardi B, Avril Lavigne, Tacocat, and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.

"Please Me" - Cardi B and Bruno Mars
"Please Me" will pair perfectly with all of the Valentine's Day candy you just bought on clearance. Trust me, there couldn't be a more perfect time to listen to this ultra-'90s R&B track.

Head Above Water - Avril Lavigne
I'm honestly jealous of whomever Avril is singing about on "Goddess."

Tacocat - Grains of Salt [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

"Grains of Salt" - Tacocat
When I realized Tacocat was back, I literally turned around at my desk and yelled. It's a miracle.

"Can I Talk" - Caleb Steph
Caleb Steph's debut single proves that he's ready for the spotlight.

Betty - Betty Who
"You better recognize/ That you're wasting all my time" from "The One" is my new favorite response to every "photographer" on Tinder.

"Butterfly" - Kehlani
The only thing more beautiful than this cover art is Kehlani's voice.

SASAMI - Free (feat. Devendra Banhart) (Official Video)

"Free" - SASAMI feat. Devendra Banhart
I would have never predicted a SASAMI and Devendra Banhart collaboration, but I am 100 percent not complaining.

Rex Orange County - New House

"New House" - Rex Orange County
Alex O'Connor never fails to impress me with his soulful bedroom pop, and "New House" is no exception.


"Cuz I Love You" - Lizzo
Distorted guitar paired with Lizzo's belting vocals? Chills, literally. She did that!

"Heads Gonna Roll" - Jenny Lewis
Like if Stevie Nicks' voice met Father John Misty's lyrics.

"Get Well" - Donna Missal
Donna Missal tells me everything I needed to hear about breakups on "Get Well."

"Patient" - Monica Martin
Sultry and sweet.

"Whorey Heart" - TeaMarr
TeaMarrr's bouncy new song is an excellent roast of the kind of fuckboi we all know and hate.

"Ice Me Out (Remix)" - Kash Doll
Kash Doll shows that she knows her way around a beat on "Ice Me Out."

"Lips of Lips" - Tiffany Young
Definitely catch me driving around with my windows down this summer blaring "Lips on Lips."