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Nurse Jackie and 7 Other TV Drug Addicts We're Addicted To | Nurse Jackie, Edie Falco

Nurse Jackie's Edie Falco and Other TV Drug Addicts We're Addicted To

Originally posted 04/13/2014 06:30PM

Let's be clear: There's nothing funny about drug addiction, nor is there anything to be gained from glamorizing it.

But there have still been some amazing characters struggling – with varying degrees of silliness – with addiction on television.

As Edie Falco returns to television Sunday in Nurse Jackie, we're looking at other famous addicts from the small screen who have captured our hearts.

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Jon Hamm Plans to Beat Up Emmy Winner Bryan Cranston

Jon Hamm Plans to Beat Up Emmy Winner Bryan Cranston

Originally posted 07/21/2010 11:20AM

They may both star on AMC's two most admired series – Mad Men and Breaking Bad – but when it comes to who'll win the Emmy for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series, Mad Men star Jon Hamm isn't planning to play it as cool as would his existential TV persona, Don Draper.

In fact, handsome Hamm told PEOPLE at Mad Men's season 4 premiere in Hollywood Tuesday night, he and Fox's House star Hugh Laurie have a plan of attack should Breaking Bad leading man Bryan Cranston again cop the Best Actor Emmy.

"Hugh and I have a feeling that we're going to get together after this year's Emmys and just beat the s--- out of Bryan Cranston," says Hamm, 39. "That's what is going to happen, and we'll just distract him somehow, because he's very fit."

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Hugh! Jessica! They're Big Overseas

Hugh Laurie! Jessica Simpson! They're Big Overseas

Originally posted 05/12/2009 08:00AM

Who says success is measured only by Hollywood's terms?

In France, House star Hugh Laurie is right up there among such literary luminaries as Jean-Paul Sartre, Jules Verne and, oui, Victor Hugo.

The British star's novel Tout Est Sous Contrôle, a translation of his 1996 thriller The Gun Seller, is currently No. 2 on France's best sellers list, according to global news agency Agence France-Presse.

The novel, a James Bond-like spy spoof, has sold more than 100,000 copies since its release in February by a little-known French publishing house Sonatine.

And though the success comes 13 years after it was original published – and in another language – Laurie will happily take it.

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Heroes' Greg Grunberg Leads All-Star Band | Greg Grunberg

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Heroes' Greg Grunberg Leads All-Star Band

Originally posted 03/25/2007 08:25PM

Reading minds is a super power that really comes in handy for a down-on-his-luck cop like Matt Parkman, the role actor Greg Grunberg plays on NBC's Heroes.

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House's Hugh Laurie | Hugh Laurie

House's Hugh Laurie

Originally posted 07/14/2005 05:00PM

Hugh Laurie was still sleeping when he got his Emmy nomination, but after a 5:39 a.m. phone call from his publicist, he says, "I woke up blushing!" The British House star – a veteran of slapstick comedies ( Stuart Little, 101 Dalmations) – earned his first nod for his lead role in the FOX hospital drama, playing the curmudgeonly but brilliant Dr. Gregory House. PEOPLE caught up with Laurie, 46, just after the announcement.

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