Michael Shannon plays federal agent Nelson Van Alden on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. "I think inside of Van Alden is a child — that arrested child — that never really got to develop its own identity," he says.

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Seth MacFarlane voices several characters on Family Guy, including Brian (left) and Stewie (right) Griffin.

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Laura Dern and series creator Mike White, shown together on the set of Enlightened, first worked together on White's 2007 film Year of the Dog.

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Homeland stars Damien Lewis as a returning POW and Claire Danes as a CIA agent who suspects he's a double agent.

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Fresh Air Weekend: 'The Help,' '1493,' Hugh Herr

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