No single show, on stage, screen or television, dominated the entertainment world like a Titanic or Gone With The Wind or Seinfeld. Some say that means it was a mediocre year, while others contend it shows the strength of the competition.
In June, the Tony Awards went to a mix of new shows and revivals.
Michael Frayn's Copenhagen won the Tony for best play. Contact won for the best musical. Kiss Me Kate's Brian Stokes Mitchell won best leading actor in a Musical, and the show grabbed the award for best musical revival. Elton John and Tim Rice took honors for the original score of Aida.
And Rosie O'Donnell made plans for a return to Broadway as "The Cat in the Hat" in Seussical, the critically-panned, but audience-pleasing, celebration of Dr. Seuss.
Who Wants to be a Millionaire continued to dominate primetime viewing, but it was CBS' Survivor that reeled in viewers. Fans watched in droves the 13-week summer hit to see who would be voted off the tropical island. Susan Hawk, Rudy Boesch, Richard Hatch et al became the real "must see TV."
Friends, E.R. and Will and Grace all continued to have broad audience appeal. Newcomer Malcolm in the Middle attracted viewers with its wacky, yet appealing, story of a young genius caught in the middle of a slightly deranged family.
Sela Ward, winner of an Emmy as best actress for her portrayal of a divorcee searching for love in Once and Again showed viewers that a middle-aged woman could still be sexy and beautiful.
West Wing proved that, despite Monicagate and the seemingly never-ending Campaign 2000, there was still an interest in the presidency and White House. The broadcast garnered nine Emmy Awards in September.
The Sunday talk shows, including CBS News' Face the Nation, all drew higher ratings as a result of the disputed presidential election. But it was Saturday Night Live and the withering parodies of candidates Al Gore and George W. Bush that really showed America what politics was all about.
The critically acclaimed Freaks and Geeks could not find a large enough audience and was pulled from the schedule. And who could forget Who Wants to Marry A Millionaire?
And sadly, Michael J. Fox retired from Spin City to fight his battle against Parkinson's disease.
It was a blockbuster year at the movies.
American Beauty won Best Picture at the 72nd annual Academy Awards. The Matrix with its special effects also was a big winner.
Charlie's Angels, Gladiator, Mission Impossible II, Erin Brokovich, The Patriot and Perfect Storm all raked in huge amounts of money.
Space Cowboys, with aging stars Tommy Lee Jones, James Garner, Clint Eastwood and Donald Sutherland, was an improbable, but entertaining, film about has-beens in space.
As the year drew to a close How the Grinch Stole Christmas with Jim Carrey, and Mel Gibson in What Women Want attracted huge audiences.
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Five living legends were honored at the annual Kennedy Center Honors.
Rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry, dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov, tenor Pacido Domingo, actress Angela Lansbury, and actor/director Clint Eastwood were awarded the rainbow ribboned brass medallions for their contributions to the to the arts in early December.
The final curtain call came for many in 2000. Click here for that story.
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