Larry David returned for an eighth season of Curb Your Enthusiasm this year. David Bianculli called his show "one of the funniest and [most] daringly different shows ever made for TV." HBO hide caption

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Elmo and Clash, on the Sesame Street set in 2006. Richard Termine/Sesame Workshop hide caption

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Louis C.K., born Louis Szekely, is a writer, actor, producer, director and star of the FX series Louie. FX hide caption

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Christopher Kimball offers several suggestions for making your fries deliciously crispy. hide caption

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Michio Kaku is an author and the Henry Semat Professor of Theoretical Physics at the City University of New York. His books include Hyperspace, Visions and Beyond Einstein. Andrea Brizzi/Doubleday hide caption

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Kermit the Frog does the backstage-chat thing with Amy Adams and Jason Segel in The Muppets. Scott Garfield/Disney hide caption

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Kirsten Dunst plays Justine, whose well-planned wedding takes place as a planet called Melancholia heads directly towards Earth. Magnolia Pictures hide caption

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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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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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Clockwise from top: Margo Martindale in Justified; Will Arnett in Up All Night. Prashant Gupta/FX; Trae Patton/NBC hide caption

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