"What Would Diplo Do?": The New Comedy Series Starring James Van Der Beek
VICELAND announced its first-ever scripted series yesterday. The Vice Media and A+E Networks channel known for its edgy documentaries and reality series has ordered six episodes of a show with the working title of "What Would Diplo Do?"
The series was inspired by Diplo's A Day In the Life, a promo video for the 2016 Mad Decent Block Party that starred James Van Der Beek, and will utilize the same creative team.
"I had that day free, I did a quick rewrite and found that it came easily," Van der Beek explained to Deadline for their exclusive announcement. "It was fun and that was it, I never thought it would lead to a series."
The scripted comedy series will be executive produced by Diplo himself as well as Van Der Beek, who will play the Grammy-winning producer and DJ. Diplo's longstanding manager Kevin Kusatsu has signed on as a producer while music video authority Brandon Dermer will be taking the helm as director.
Not serious but not cynical and described as a cross-section of Louie, WorldStar HipHop and This Is Spinal Tap, the show is centered around the life of a fictional version of Diplo, a celebrity DJ who can work a 60,000-person crowd but is ironically underwhelming in person. Not series but not
"I’ve enjoyed deconstructing my own image quite a bit over the years, but to have the chance to do it with a global megastar like Diplo who’s letting us to do something fun and ridiculous that few people have the balls to allow is crazy," Van Der Beek told Deadline.
Learn more about the series at deadline.com.