Dawson’s Creek star James Van Der Beek, 32, and his wife, actress Heather McComb, 32, are officially splitting, according to papers filed Nov. 13 in L.A. They have been married for six years….On Nov. 13, actor James Caan, 69, filed for divorce from his wife of 14 years, Linda.
Regis Philbin, 78, announced Nov. 23 that he’ll be temporarily leaving Live With Regis and Kelly to have hip-replacement surgery on Dec. 1. The show’s rep says Philbin will return after four to six weeks of recovery.
Eddie Cibrian, 36, filed a $1 million defamation lawsuit against Life & Style magazine on Nov. 19 over stories alleging the actor had been cheating on girlfriend LeAnn Rimes, 27. The magazine responded: ”We stand by our story.”… Barry Carpenter, 40, the police chief accused of stealing possessions from the home of the surrogate mother for Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick‘s twins, was convicted Nov. 23 in Belmont County, Ohio, of theft. Carpenter, who allegedly planned to sell the items to the paparazzi, will be sentenced Dec. 30 and could face up to 10 years in prison.
On Nov. 20, a tour bus carrying crew for Miley Cyrus, 17, was involved in a highway crash in Dinwiddie County, Va. The driver, William Douglas, 53, died at the scene. Cyrus, who was not on the bus, issued this statement: ”We are deeply saddened by the loss of ‘Uncle Bill’ Douglas.”… A Nov. 20 mall appearance by pop singer Justin Bieber, 15, in Garden City, N.Y., nearly became a riot as 3,000 fans started pushing and shoving one another even before Bieber arrived. Five people sustained minor injuries, and police canceled the event.
— With additional reporting by Stewart Allen
Cougar Town Takes a Catnap
On Nov. 21, ABC announced they were temporarily halting production of the network’s hit freshman sitcom Cougar Town in order for star Courteney Cox to ”deal with a private family matter.” But things might not be as serious as they sound. According to ABC, production went down only one day before a scheduled weeklong hiatus, and filming will resume on Nov. 30. Though ABC and Cox’s personal publicist wouldn’t elaborate on the news, Cox’s rep says ”Courteney and her family are doing fine,” and Cougar‘s Busy Philipps reached out to her costar’s fans on Twitter: ”We’re back shooting after Thanksgiving. I’ll pass along the love for cc!” And based on ratings, there’s certainly plenty of love for the sitcom’s star?so far, an average of 9.4 million viewers have tuned in to Cougar‘s first season.
— Kate Ward, with additional reporting by Michael Slezak