The day is almost here, the day when we all know definitively which man possesses more sexiness than any other alive on this earth. That day is tomorrow. Until then, devotees of People‘s annual Sexiest Man Alive issue can live in a fantasy world where men fight for this honor. That world is coming to TV screens tonight in the latest episode of Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23.

James Van Der Beek, a fictionalized version of the actor played by, yes, James Van Der Beek, puts on another display of his overflowing confidence in the episode. Chloe (Krysten Ritter) barges into the People offices with James, demanding the magazine feature him on this year’s Sexiest Man Alive cover.

“James doesn’t understand why he’s never in the mix. He wants to be the cover man,” Apartment 23 creator Nahnatchka Khan told EW.

The real James Van Der Beek is carrying on the joke in the real People magazine with a column titled “If I Were the Sexiest Man Alive.” Previous writers of the column include Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Kimmel. Van Der Beek’s column will be in this week’s special issue, along with a photo spread featuring the actor that also makes it onscreen in tonight’s episode.

The episode, titled “Sexy People…” airs on ABC at 9:30 p.m. today. People will officially announce this year’s Sexiest Man Alive online tomorrow, and the special issue hits stands this Friday.

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