Kevin Spacey is the star and a producer of the new Netflix series House of Cards, on which David Fincher is a co-producer. Melinda Sue Gordon/Netflix hide caption

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In Shameless, William H. Macy is the dysfunctional father of six. Cliff Lipson/Cliff Lipson/SHOWTIME hide caption

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Gen. David Petraeus is the subject of The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War, a new book by Fred Kaplan. Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Visitors take in a re-created scene at the massacre museum at Vietnam's My Lai village. Researcher Nick Turse says atrocities of all kinds were more common in the Vietnam War than most Americans believe. Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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"I was worried about being the mouthpiece for anyone and being politicized personally," Tina Fey says about playing Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live. "It ended up being a lot of fun, but it did permanently politicize me in a way." Platon/HGB USA hide caption

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Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin appeared in one of several parodies in one of 30 Rock's live episodes. Dana Edelson/NBC hide caption

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On on 30 Rock episode, Jon Hamm and Tracy Morgan appeared together in a sketch about racial stereotyping. Dana Edelson/NBC hide caption

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Tina Fey won an Emmy Award for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series for her role as Liz Lemon on 30 Rock. hide caption

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The Church of Scientology building in Los Angeles on Sunset Boulevard on Aug. 28, 2011. AK2/ hide caption

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Comedian Jimmy Kimmel interviews Mel Brooks on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Randy Holmes/ABC hide caption

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Dustin Hoffman makes his directorial debut with the film Quartet. He has starred in such classics as The Graduate, Kramer vs. Kramer and Tootsie. Kerry Brown/The Weinstein Company hide caption

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