Mock­u­men­tary se­ries

James Van Der Beek lam­poons Di­plo.

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - FRONT PAGE - By Phillip Valys Staff writer pvalys@sun­sen­ or 954-356-4364

Di­plo is James Van Der Beek. James Van Der Beek is Di­plo.

Di­plo, a for­mer Broward County res­i­dent and Mad De­cent Block Party founder, will be remixed by Van Der Beek in Vice­land’s new scripted com­edy se­ries “What Would Di­plo Do?”

But this is nei­ther a straight­for­ward retelling of Di­plo’s suc­cess in elec­tronic dance mu­sic nor a show­case of his high­pro­file col­lab­o­ra­tions with Justin Bieber (Jack Ü), Jil­lion­aire and Wal­shy Fire (Ma­jor Lazer) and Be­y­once (“Lemon­ade”). In­stead, “What Would Di­plo Do?” is an ex­ag­ger­ated (and fic­ti­tious) ver­sion of Di­plo’s life, de­scribed by the net­work as “‘Louie’ meets WorldS­tar HipHop crossed with ‘This Is Spinal Tap.’ ”

So is it re­ally flat­tery when James Van Der Beek, best re­mem­bered for the angsty 1990s drama “Daw­son’s Creek,” im­i­tates your life? Ap­par­ently not. In a trailer re­leased late last week by Vice­land, Van Der Beek-as-Di­plo de­mands to hear “new sounds” from his en­tourage, and pro­ceeds to stuff a vi­o­lin into a blender.

The idea to lam­poon the Grammy-win­ning DJ (born Thomas Wes­ley Pentz) stems from a promo ad­ver­tis­ing the 2016 Mad De­cent Block Party. In that satir­i­cal video, Van Der Beek walked view­ers through a day in the pro­ducer’s life, which in­cluded stu­dio en­gi­neers forced to dress up like Christ­mas elves, ex­ces­sive use of the mil­len­nial word “fam” and in­ex­pli­ca­ble fights with a gang of nin­jas.

Van Der Beek also wrote the six-episode se­ries, and he and Di­plo will serve as ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ers.

News of Di­plo’s mock­u­men­tary-style show ar­rives amid the South Florida ab­sence of his pop­u­lar Mad De­cent Block Party. Un­til this year, the EDM bo­nanza had vis­ited Revo­lu­tion Live ev­ery sum­mer since 2013 and fea­tured a car­a­van of dance-mu­sic pro­duc­ers and per­form­ers spon­sored by Di­plo’s record la­bel of the same name.

“What Would Di­plo Do?” will pre­miere Aug. 3 on Vice­land.


James Van Der Beek mocks Di­plo in the new com­edy se­ries “What Would Di­plo Do?”

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