James Van Der Beek

James Van der Beek, who spent much of his young adulthood in North Carolina lensing Dawson's Creek, is heading back South to guest-star on One Tree Hill.

Right now, TV's former Dawson is slated to appear in just one episode, airing Nov. 24, playing a filmmaker who wants to put one of Lucas' novels on the big screen.

"The specter of Dawson's Creek is always around us," Tree Hill boss Mark Schwahn tells EW, pointing out that the CW series films on the same lot that DC used to. "So I thought it would be cool to get James."

Van der Beek's most recent TV credits include visits to Ugly Betty, Criminal Minds (playing a serial killer) and How I Met Your Mother (as Canadian crooner Robin Sparkles' teenage crush).