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Upfronts 2012: Hey, ABC, why didn't you invite James Van Der Beek?

May 15, 2012 |  5:56 pm

Hey, ABC, why didn't you invite James Van Der Beek to your Upfront presentation
When we interviewed James Van Der Beek in April leading to the premiere of his TV gig in "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23," the actor kept going on and on about how excruciating he found it when he was asked to attend the Upfront presentations back when he had flowing hair and appeared as the ultra-sensitive lead on "Dawson's Creek."

"I remember every year for 'Dawson’s,' the WB would want us to go to New York for Upfronts," Van Der Beek said of the period in which network executives present their slate of new shows to advertisers.   "I’d roll my eyes — because they want you to basically just stand there. It was always like, ‘Oh, God, in the middle of my hiatus, you want me to go on this dog and pony show in front of advertisers?  I really resented it."

Oh, how quickly things changed for the actor, who found a career post-"Dawson's Creek" difficult to come by.

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"I started doing pilots, hoping and praying to get invited to Upfronts," he added. "In the back of my mind I thought, ‘Isn’t this the way the universe works?’ For every year that I cursed having to go to Upfronts, I’m going to wish to get invited and not get to go."

So when the freshman comedy "Don't Trust the B---- in Aparment 23," in which he stars as a smarmy version of himself, got renewed, we were hoping to see the Beek from the Creek standing tall on stage Tuesday at the Lincoln Center for the network's presentation.   Some of his fellow network comrades from "Modern Family," "Revenge" and "Once Upon a Time" made an appearance, but there was no Beek to be seen. Maybe he was invited but couldn't fit into those Beek Jeans?



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--Yvonne Villarreal

Photo: James Van Der Beek, left, with Kiernan Shipka in "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23." Credit. ABC.