James Van Der Beek

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Dawson Leery, welcome back to an hour-long drama. We've missed you.

James Van Der Beek has joined CBS' new show CSI: Cyber as a series regular, E! News has confirmed.

After the Dawson's Creek alum's (extremely) short-lived CBS half-hour comedy Friends With Better Lives and his super meta stint playing himself on ABC's comedy Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, he's going back to his roots for the new spinoff series, and we seriously couldn't be happier. While we loved laughing along with him (and sometimes at him) on comedies, there's nothing better than a dramatic Van Der Beek. Are we right, or are we right?

Yeah, we know we're right.

Van Der Beek will play FBI agent Elijah Mundo, an expert in battlefield forensics who is recruited by special agent Avery Ryan (Patricia Arquette) for his war efforts in Afghanistan. Mundo is a "savant" when it comes to weaponry, vehicles and bombs and is a self-proclaimed action junkie, so Agent Mundo will often put himself at risk to seek permanent justice while Ryan will level his diehard behavior with her expertise in psychology. Together, they will team up to fight the world's toughest cyber crimesforeign and domestic.

CSI: Cyber is a new drama inspired by both the work of real-life Cyber Psychologist Mary Aiken and an April episode of parent series CSI. Premiering in midseason, the show revolves around Special Agent Avery Ryan who heads the Cyber Crime Division of the FBI, a unit at the forefront of solving illegal activities that start in the mind, live online and play out in the real world.

Are you as pscyhed as we are to see Van Der Beek return to a more dramatic role?

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