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Rash of Splits Sends Shudders Through Tinsel Town

Courtney Cox and David Arquette

So now it’s Courteney Cox and David Arquette.

The old wives’ tale goes that death comes in threes.  But what can we say about the string of splits among couples of long standing in Hollywood?  They’re not just changing partners, some of them seem to be changing personalities as well.  Is it another sign of the end times coming?

Their shared screwball humor couldn’t keep Courteney and David together after 11 years of marriage – or David from his stunningly disappointing appearance on Howard Stern’s radio show this week, mouthing off about their lack of a sex life, and about his extra-marital “conquest.”  This certainly doesn’t jibe with the thoughtful and dignified announcement of their split that stressed their ongoing commitment to their six-year-old daughter – or with David’s nice-guy image of the past.  He described Courteney being tired of having to be his mother.  That explains a lot.

Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins

Their political stands, social consciousness and artistic collaboration weren’t enough to keep intact couple of 23 years, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins.  “Maybe you have a relationship to have children and you realize that it’s fulfilled after that,” Susan said of their split last year.  She also said she never imagined the relationship would end.  She has, of course, since been linked with “ping pong boy” – the co-owner of their Manhattan Spin ping pong club – 32-year-old Jonathan Bricklin, though both have given half-baked denials.  (She’s seeing a lot of friends these days, etc.)  As we await their reality show – really! – we can add that Robbins, too, has been seen with a younger date on his arm.

Bradley Whitford and Jane Kaczmarek, wed for 17 years, recently got their final divorce papers.  He grew a mustache and moved to Texas for his “The Good Guys” show, while Jane is focusing on mothering their three children, and dating someone new.

Cameron Crowe and Heart’s Nancy Wilson split this summer after 24 years.   Although their unions were shorter, the last few days have brought surprise celebrity splits by thought-to-be-happy couples Ben Harper and Laura Dern, and Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman

So now who do we look to as enduring show business couples?

Happily, there are still quite a few around – like Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. Married since 1954, the comedy icons are still going strong with their new web series, “Stiller & Meara,” just launched.  Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman have been husband and wife for 28 years, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson for 22; Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan, 22 years; John Travolta and Kelly Preston, 19 years; and  Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, married 21 years.  When Kyra said her heart still skips a beat whenever Kev walks into a room, romantics everywhere went “Aww.”  Long may they swoon.

Faces to Watch this Summer Season

Betty White

It’s almost June, and you know what that means! Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. We’re talking, of course, about the summer TV season and faces to watch this time of year, when things are looser and quirkier than during the school year. Here are 10 faces to watch:

Betty White. At 88, our favorite octogenarian Superstar is back in the series game with TV Land’s ‘Hot in Cleveland’ (premiering June 16) as the caretaker of a rental property inhabited by Jane Leeves, Valerie Bertinelli and Wendie Malick. Her Elka Ostrovsky character is full of vinegar and naughtiness.

Virginia Madsen. The ‘Sideways’ Oscar nominee brings her singular presence to ABC June 20 with ‘Scoundrels,’ playing the mother of a crime family — that is, her husband (David James Elliott) and kids are criminals. When hubby gets sent up the river, she decides it’s time to go straight, and lots of luck. Do as I say, kids, not as I do.

Rhona Mitra. What could really liven up a neighborhood? How about a sexy vampire? ‘The Gates’ has already been widely accused of brazenly trying to capitalize on the ‘Twilight’ craze, so we won’t bother. Other supernatural creatures are on the prowl in this community — a witch, a high school jock/werewolf — with Frank Grillo of ‘Prison Break’ as the new cop in town.

Jason Lee. All right, we have the something old, something new and something borrowed. Let’s call Lee’s ‘Memphis Beat’ something blues, since the new TNT cop drama (June 22 premiere) is drenched in bluesy sensibility, including Lee’s detective character’s proclivity for performing — his favorite way to let off steam after a hard day’s work chasing bad guys: Making a clean-shaven break from his ‘My Name is Earl’ title character as he trades comedy for drama, Lee already has critics excited.

Terry Crews and Ice Cube. With Crews (‘Everybody Hates Chris’) taking over Ice Cube’s role from the big-screen ‘Are We There Yet?’ in the small-screen version that debuts on TNT June 2 — Ice Cube is free to launch a new character of a SWAT team member/disapproving brother-in-law.

Beth Ostrosky Stern. If you like irony, then you’re bound to find something amusing in the fact that sleaze meister Howard Stern’s gorgeous wife is making her series debut Monday (5/31) on a reality show with a premise about inner beauty and moral rectitude being more important than outward appearance. Well, as important, maybe. It’s the second season of the Tyra Banks and Ashton Kutcher-produced ‘True Beauty’

Colin Hanks and Bradley Whitford. These two have fun chemistry as a two-generation cop team on ‘Good Guys,’ the Fox show that debuts June 7.

Piper Perabo. The ‘Coyote Ugly’ and ‘Cheaper by the Dozen’ actress turns super spy in USA Network’s CIA dramedy ‘Covert Affairs.’ The cable channel has called the show, debuting in July, its most ambitious ever.

Plus…NBC has ‘Persons Unknown’ debuting June 7, with Alan Ruck of ‘Spin City’ and a group of actors unknown as a collection of kidnapped strangers trapped in a nightmare-worthy mansion, being watched by hidden forces via constantly-present cameras. It’s been compared to the vintage ‘The Prisoner.’

And…When it comes to faces to watch….ABC gets the prize for unique, OMG storylines coming up this summer, and wouldn’t you know? We’re talking about a non-fiction show: Among other things, ‘Boston Med’ will take us through the saga of a full facial transplant, including looks at the donor (a Hollywood marketing genius) and the recipient, a burned Vietnam veteran. The eight-part series debuts June 24.