Hollywood figures out what you should watch during recession

What do you want to watch during a recession? Hollywood is racking its brain to find out.

Foreclosure-free fare such as "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" has performed better than expected, and the conventional wisdom in Hollywood says to keep a light touch. "In a bad economy, people want to escape the harsh reality of the real world and escape into a movie that will make them laugh or where there is a thrill of action and the bad guys are given their comeuppance," says longtime producer Lauren Shuler Donner, whose "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" opens May 1.

But shows such as "Desperate Housewives" and "30 Rock" have been sprinkled with stories of economic hardship, and executives are ordering pilots such as ABC's "Canned," in which a group of friends are fired on the same day.


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