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James Van Der Beek makes his return to TV tonight on "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23" -- his first starring role since "Dawson's Creek" went off the air in 2003!

The former "Creek"-er plays himself in the new sitcom ... or at least a single, slightly evil version of himself who agrees to do "Dancing with the Stars."

In real life, James hasn't done "DWTS" yet, but he has done numerous guest star spots on TV, appeared in a Ke$ha video, got married and had two children with wife Kimberly Brook.

But what have his "Dawson's Creek" co-stars been up to since the show's series finale? Whether it's marrying a superstar or getting Oscar nominations, they've done pretty well for themselves.

Check out the Then & Nows above.

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