Yes, more and more couples are seeking out mediation instead of backing into a corner and lawyering up; yes, we can all name couples who are co-parenting with good humor and grace (most of the time); yes, we are starting to understand that not every divorce story has a villain in it.
But this also means that suddenly divorce has become interesting. And in our entertainment-crazed culture, that can mean only one thing: bring on a bottom-feeding TV show. So enter The Divorce Wars, CNBC’s new show (set to debut March 23), which promises to show us how big, multi-million-dollar-net-worth divorces aren’t all about the money. Maybe it’s about betrayal, hurt feelings, loss, and heartbreak—but believe me, they’re fighting about the money, because the money is all that’s left to fight over.
I’m sorry that this show will continue to make people feel that the only way to react to the awful, awful shock of the end of your marriage is to fight like hell. Because anyone who’s been through divorce knows: nobody wins.