2004: The Year in Entertainment

9) Lip-Synching Simpson -- While Jessica Simpson and hubby Nick Lachey kept up their second year of constant publicity, little sis Ashlee Simpson pulled a disappearing act on "Saturday Night Live." When she went on stage for what was to be her second musical performance of the evening, her band started playing -- and the wrong vocal track sounded. Ashlee decided the best way to proceed was not to. After an odd little dance, she walked off stage, leaving her band standing around like numbskulls and the board operator left to make a quick switch to commercial. Her father later said she was only lip-synching because she was having problems with acid reflux disease.

10) Desperate to be on Wisteria Lane -- ABC pulled out the most highly rated show of the new season with "Desperate Housewives," a nighttime soap about women who live very secret lives in a very fancy suburb. Marcia Cross, Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman and Nicolette Sheridan have turned up the heat for 40-plus females.

And sure, there were a lot more things that happened in the past 12 months, like Michael Jackson's continued legal problems, the deaths of some of our brightest stars -- including Christopher Reeve, Rodney Dangerfield, Marlon Brando, Tony Randall and Ray Charles -- and the violence at the Vibe Awards. But quite honestly, those things we've come to expect.

Anyway, we've weathered the storm of 2004, but 2005 is very close at hand, so batten down the hatches and beware of divas who can't settle down, lots of public faux pas and who knows what else.

To all of you who love the world of entertainment like I do, and all of you who just read this because there's nothing going on today at the office, I wish you a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year.

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