10 Biggest & Best Comebacks Of 2008

This year was full of surprise comebacks from celebrities to TV shows to vampires. We didn’t expect quite a few of these pop culture comebacks, but thankfully, we were happy to see them.

Robert Downey, Jr.‘s portrayal of Marvel Comics superhero, Iron Man, was applauded by comic geeks, critics and…women. He looked really hot and believable in that iron suit. This role catapulted him from the B-list to the A-list.
After Britney Spears’ 2007 VMA performance and all the rebellious antics that followed, we thought we’d never hear from Britney the Superstar again. But just as she did when she shaved her head, Britney surprised us again with the release of Circus and the ensuing press tour. She’s starting to look like her old self, even though she’s no longer in charge of herself.
“Saturday Night Live” struggled to remain funny and relevant since Justin Timberlake put his “Dick in a Box,” but this year Sarah Palin provided excellent comedic fodder. We’re so happy the “SNL” producers brought back Tina Fey to do excellent impersonations of the vice-presidential nominee.
Vampires were resurrected this year. We saw them on the small screen in “True Blood,” and people couldn’t get enough of the Twilight book series or the movie.
Although Pink and Carey Hart separated after only two years of music, this was still a great year for the singer. Her “So What” was an end of summer hit and she reveals more of herself on Funhouse, arguably one of the best pop albums of the year.
Even though “90210” kind of sucks, we’re happy Shannen Doherty reprised her Brenda Walsh role. This bad girl deserves to be on the tube and in the tabs.
The real housewives were kind of boring and spoiled until the Bravo producers landed in the Peach State. Sure, “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” were extremely spoiled, but they also brought real drama like the franchise had never seen before, restoring our faith in total mindless television.
Although “The Wrestler” won’t be released until Dec. 17, Mickey Rourke’s starring role is already generating Oscar buzz. His mashed in face and hulking physique seem perfect for this movie. “The Wrestler” also has some seemingly Academy required tear jerking scenes.
Before 2008 Brooke Burke was known simply for her hosting talent on “Wild On!” and “Rock Star.” But she cha, cha, cha-ed her way into America’s heart as the winner of the seventh season of “Dancing with the Stars.”
Serena Williams wasn’t even ranked amongst the top five for women’s tennis earlier this year, but she defeated Jelena Jankovic, who was ranked No. 1 in the world, to win the US Open. And she got $1.5 million for all that work.