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James Van Der Beek joins 'Mercy'

'Dawson's' alum to play womanizing doctor

"Dawson's Creek" alum James Van Der Beek has joined the cast of NBC's freshman medical drama "Mercy."

In a major recurring role that could become regular, he will play the hospital's new womanizing ICU chief who harbors a dark secret.

Van Der Beek also has recurred on the CW's "One Tree Hill."

"Mercy," which chronicles the lives of several nurses, has been picked up for a full season.