12 Big Comebacks of 2010

Conan O'Brien Comeback 2010
Conan O'Brien Comeback 2010

Everything old is new again, or so the song says. And each year we do see forgotten faces, places and products emerge from the dim past to recapture the public's attention. Here are some of this 2010's most noteworthy comebacks.

1. Conan O'Brien

Very early this year Conan O'Brien, who is lovingly known among fans as "Coco," was in a rough spot. As the new host of NBC's The Tonight Show, replacing longtime ratings champ Jay Leno, he was not drawing the same viewership numbers. Meanwhile, Leno's prime-time talk show was tanking. When NBC came to O'Brien with a proposal to kick his show back to 12:05 a.m. and allow Leno to return to the 11:35 p.m. slot, he refused, taking a $40-million-plus buyout instead.