Viceland is entering the scripted series arena with comedy What Would Diplo Do? (working title), starring, written and executive produced by James
Van Der Beek and also executive produced by Grammy-winning musician/DJ Diplo. Viceland — a joint venture between Vice Media, which runs the cable channel, and A+E Networks — has ordered six episodes of What Would Diplo Do?, which Van Der Beek and Diplo executive produce alongside Diplo’s long-time manager Kevin Kusatsu and music video helmer Brandon Dermer. Van Der Beek will also serve as showrunner, Dermer will direct. The series is slated to premiere later in 2017. In WWDD, described as “Louie meets WorldStar HipHop crossed with This Is Spinal Tap, Van Der Beek plays a fictional version of DJ superstar Diplo in a collection of parables about life as told through the eyes of guy who can bring 60,000 people to their feet… but kind of sucks one-on-one. “The show doesn’t take itself too serious but it’s not cynical,” Van Der Beek told Deadline.