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James Van Der Beek Heads to How I Met Your Mother


Seriously, won't someone give James Van Der Beek a full-time job? At least the ex-Capesider is staying busy with some decent guest-starring roles — first on Ugly Betty, then on the guest-star-happy How I Met Your Mother. (Don't tell anyone, but I might be more excited about this than I was about Britney.)

Van Der Beek will pop up in an upcoming episode that revisits Robin Sparkles, Robin's past life as a Canadian teen pop sensation. E! reports that while it's not confirmed yet, it's likely that he'll play Robin's crush from back in the day, whom she runs into again (and re-crushes on).

The episode will also reveal the B-side to the Sparkes single "Let's Go to the Mall" — apparently a soulful breakup ballad, rumored to be shot on a beach in black-and-white. Man, I can't wait to see that video.

There's no date set yet for Van Der Beek's appearance, but with only a few weeks left in this TV season, we shouldn't have to wait long. Here's hoping the next time I write about this guy, it will be for a job longer than one episode. I mean, not to get all competitive, but Pacey's doing pretty well for himself.

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