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Scripps National Spelling Bee 2012: Could The Contestants Spell These 35 Difficult TV Star Names? (PHOTOS)

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How do you spell Galifianakis? Just like that (we think)
How do you spell Galifianakis? Just like that (we think)

Writing about TV is fun ... until you have to use one of these impossible-to-spell TV star names.

Does Steve Carell have one "r" and two "l"s or vice versa? Does a last name really need six syllables (ahem, Zach Galifianakis)? And what's the rule on Hollywood's many Vans -- Van Der Beek, VanCamp, Vanderpump? When do you capitalize, and when do you add a space? It's all very confusing.

In honor of the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee (preliminaries air Wed., May 30, 8 a.m. ET on ESPN3, with semifinals on Thurs., May 31, 10 a.m. ET on ESPN2 and finals at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN), we've rounded up some of our favorite TV stars who have some of our least favorite names to spell -- 35 names that deserve their own pneumonic devices to make our lives easier.

We'd like to see those spelling champs try to spell the name of "Lost" and "Oz" alum Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje.

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