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Kyra Sedgwick Can’t Wait to Get Her Kids Back, For Awhile

Kyra Sedgwick 2010 Emmys

Kyra Sedgwick reports that she and hubby Kevin Bacon and their 21-year-old son and 18-year-old daughter will soon be taking off for a holiday vacation together in Belize — and she can hardly wait “to have our children in our clutches again for a week or so.  Nothing feels better and safer to me than being surrounded by my husband and children,” says the Emmy-winning “The Closer” star, whose series returns with new episodes a week from tonight (12/6).

Kyra admits she’s still adjusting to having an empty nest at home in New York, now that daughter Sosie’s off at college.  “My life is definitely changed — now I guess I’ll have the chance to see what that change means.”

One thing she already knows is that “It makes it easier to leave town, there’s no question.  I won’t be torn for six months, feeling like, ‘Oh, I’m leaving my kids at home and I’m such a bad mother.'”

She’s speaking, of course, of her “Closer” production schedule, which keeps her in Los Angeles much of the year.  Asked whether she can see the end on the horizon after six years of the acclaimed TNT drama, she answers, “I think the show continues to be amazing.  I mean, we went up in viewership 20 per cent last year, which is unusual.”  To say the least!  Small wonder “The Closer”‘ is already picked up for next season.

The latest “Closer” mini season begins with a crackling episode that throws a few curves, and sets the stage for her beguiling Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson Brenda to take a promotion that her husband (Jon Tenney) and colleagues believe she should want.  But, “Everyone is projecting their dreams and aspirations on her, that’s what makes her feel alone this season,” the actress notes.  “I think that she is sort of fighting against the promotion.  It’s complicated for her.”

Kyra’s latest activities include the video she and Kevin made in support of gay marriage.  “Love is so rare these days.  To find someone you want to spend the rest of your life with is a rare and wonderful gift, to opposite it is so dead wrong to me,” she explains.

And they include her role as a reporter in the big-screen “Man on a Ledge” with Sam Worthington, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris and Elizabeth Banks, shooting in NYC.  As for playing a character different from Brenda, she laughs.  “She’s a hoot.  I’ve really been enjoying it.  I love Brenda, but I enjoy having an affair.”

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.

Emmy-winner Kyra Sedgwick’s Set No Family Affair This Year

Kyra Sedgwick

EMMY AFTERMATH:  Kyra Sedgwick, savoring her Emmy win for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for “The Closer,” had husband Kevin Bacon close by her side throughout the evening, even standing off-stage, sipping champagne as he watched her field questions in the press room.  The couple isn’t getting togetherness time on her series set this year, however.  Kevin isn’t directing any episodes of “The Closer’s” Season 6 because he’s busy with his own projects, according to Kyra.  And their daughter Sosie, 18, isn’t coming back to the show in her role as Kyra’s niece – she’s too busy with her freshman year of college getting underway.  Son Travis, 21, also flew the nest awhile ago.  So this year, unlike the past five years of her “The Closer” duty, Sedgwick isn’t facing mixed emotions about leaving the family in New York to shoot her series in L.A.

Now that she finally has her Emmy, what honor could come next?  The actress has heard there’s “talk of a wax museum figure.  That’s a little strong, I think.”

Seriously, she’s happy focusing on the show and her now-iconic character, deputy police chief Brenda Leigh Johnson.  “I’m always pushing for the personal stories. As an actor, that’s why I’m doing the job,” she observes.  “I was offered procedurals in the past.  The personal aspect is what got me on board our show.  I think that’s the key to success.”

That and its truly Outstanding star.

AND:  It’s nice to see Aaron Paul acknowledged with an Emmy for his first rate supporting work on “Breaking Bad” – particularly knowing what a grinder the role of drug-selling Jesse has been for the actor.  Playing Bryan Cranston’s hapless partner in crime, Paul’s been roughed up, knocked down, thrown through a screen door that didn’t quite go the way the stunt was planned and generally left bruised and scraped more times than he could probably count by now.