2003 Entertainment Year in Review

And while we're on the hook-up side, let's mention these: Russell Crowe said "I do" to Danielle Spencer (and they just had a son). Kate Winslet married director Sam Mendes (and they just had a son). Megan Mullaly of Will and Grace married Nick Offerman. Adam Sandler married Jackie Titone. Diana Krall married Elvis Costello. And, last, but not least … Bachelorette Trista Rehn married Ryan Sutter in a three-part wedding on television.

Of course, the aforementioned pale in comparison to the new mature woman/nubile man trend, à la Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake. Ah yes, finally it was the year that the older women bedded the younger men and so far it looks like it's going swimmingly for both couples, although the boys, er men, may need floaties while in the waters of these experienced women.

There's the Roy Horn tragedy. He was attacked by one of his own tigers at a performance at the Mirage hotel in Las Vegas. He's been recovering slowly, but his partner, Siegfried Fischbacher, says there has been consistent improvement. It seems unlikely that the two will perform on stage again, but you never know.

Things felt odd at times in 2003, Ruben Studdard winning American Idol while Clay Aiken is the obvious favorite among fans. Aiken's album has outsold Studdard's by more than 100,000 copies and Aiken was also given the Fan's Choice Award at the American Music Awards. Hmmm …

Other times … things seemed queer. And they should, as five guys made the word a household name with Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. This reality show on Bravo has given gay the OK, and men are no longer afraid to show their feminine side … or at least they're not afraid to do a little shaving and color matching. Carson, Kyan, Jai, Ted and Thom will come in, verbally turn a man into mincemeat and then make him the Prince Charming he never dreamed he could be … all while the viewing public sits idly by and yells to male family members, "Oh my God, you should be on this show. You need help, too!"

There was the onslaught of Nick and Jessica the budding career of Beyoncé, the daddying of David Letterman and, oh, the knocking up of Gwynnie (Paltrow, for those not in the know). Ahnold became the Governator and everyone seemed to need more Nemo.

Finally, we lost a lot of great folks this year … Bob Hope, Art Carney, Katharine Hepburn, Johnny and June Carter Cash, Maurice Gibb, Fred Rogers, Gregory Peck, Celia Cruz, John Ritter, Gregory Hines and others.

All I can say is, it was a year and it's over and I'm glad. Let's slam the slate say …

Take "2004!"

And to all of you out there a happy and healthy holiday season … keep reading and keep watching, but don't take it too seriously!

Heidi Oringer is director of entertainment programming at ABCNEWS Radio.

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