Stephanie Robbins
March 27, 2014 AT 11:24 PM EDT

Ahead of the premiere of his new CBS sitcom Friends With Better Lives on Monday, James Van Der Beek joined EW’s Dalton Ross for EW Morning Live on Entertainment Weekly Radio to talk everything from his co-star Kevin Connolly’s broken leg to the legacy of his failed sitcom Don’t Trust the B— in Apt. 23.

In the clip below, Van Der Beek recounts how Connolly texted that his “leg was totally broken,” doing his best vocal impression of the Entourage star. “His texts actually sound like that too,” he joked. Van der Beek said Connolly is having surgery Friday, but is shooting the Entourage movie with no cast or crutches, calling him the “toughest guy” he knows.

Van Der Beek also spoke highly of his former ABC sitcom Don’t Trust the B— in Apt. 23, equating it to the “kid that you really love who is getting bullied.” Although he says no one watched the series while it was on, he noted it “now has a second life on Netflix” and recalled telling the cast, “We are no longer a canceled show; we are now 26 episodes of awesome.”

Listen to the clip below to hear him discuss his fondness for his guest spots on outgoing CBS staple comedy How I Met Your Mother and why the series is the “golden launching pad” for Friends With Better Lives — which debuts directly after the HIMYM series finale Monday at 9 p.m. ET.

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