Celebrity ex-wives find shine on VH-1's "Hollywood Exes"

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Basketball wives and mob wives aren’t enough for VH-1. The network has added ex-wives to its lineup.

Nicole Murphy, Jessica Canseco, Sheree Fletcher, Mayte Garcia and Andrea Kelly are all set to star in the reality series that centers on the lives of wives who’ve divorced celebrities.

Nicole Murphy, Eddie Murphy’s ex wife of 13 years is currently dating NFL announcer Miichael Strahan. Rumor had it that Murphy had lost her fortune, presumably investments made with alimony, to fraudsters. Presumably, Strahan and the ex Mrs. Eddie Murphy won’t marry because remarriage generally nulls alimony awards. The Murphy’s had five children and when Eddie Murphy met Nicole, more than two decades ago, she was a model.

Jessica Canseco was married to Jose Canseco four years. Canseco was last seen on Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice” last year starring with Bravo’s celebrity housewife NeNe Leakes. Canseco is also a former model, she’s appeared in Playboy, written a saucy response to Canseco’s “Juiced” titled, “Juicy: Confessions of a Former Baseball Wife.” The Cansecos bore one daughter and Jessica remarried in 2007.

Sheree Fletcher, Will Smith’s ex-wife and the mother of Smith’s firstborn son, also stars. Jada Pinkett famously began dating Smith after Smith’s relationship with Fletcher fell out. After Pinkett’s marriage to Smith, Pinkett appeared on ABC’s “The View” and spoke about the difficulties, challenges and freedom she felt after she learned to love Fletcher, rather than resent her while co-raising Fletcher and Smith’s oldest son.

Other stars are Mayte Garcia, Prince’s ex-wife with a shining three years of marriage under their belt and Andrea Kelly, the woman married to R. Kelly for 12 years.

These five women, who have all been friends for years and in some cases for as long as 20 years, want to show the world they are more than just a trophy wife with a pretty face. They want to establish themselves as independent, successful women and bring relevance and honor to themselves separate from their very famous exes...even if there is a little drama along the way.

"These extraordinarily strong women adjusted to and endured a lot while their ex-spouses won fame and fortune defining pop culture for that moment," said Jeff Olde, Executive Vice President, Original Programming & Production, VH1. "Now these women must re-invent themselves again, stepping out of the long shadows cast by their famous husbands and supporting each other as they define the next stage of their lives – this time on their own terms."

“Hollywood Exes” premieres summer 2012 with 10 one hour episodes. The show bills Hollywood ex-wives as part of an “exclusive sorority whose members' lives seem to mirror that of a modern day Cinderella fairytale. But all the fame and fortune of marrying a celebrity may seem fun and glamorous at first, but it often comes with a price tag. Living in the shadow of your very famous husband can take its toll on your psyche when you feel second to his career.”

For starters, “take its toll on your psyche" isn’t a flattering statement, if in fact it doesn’t suggest a bit of madness. Secondly, the women are no longer married to the celebrities and divorce is typically about moving on. The binds the women have with the celebrities are their children. Perhaps the series will feature some interaction with celebrities like Prince and Eddie, but typically, as in “Basketball Wives” the more famous he husband or the ex-husband, the less likely he is to appear on the show.

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