New season offers few fresh shows, but frugal times may pull in more viewers looking for cheap entertainment.
One example: Some corporations are being urged to skip their annual holiday party and donate the money to help the hungry instead.
When a teacher decides to sell space on his calculus tests, most students approve and the media beat a path to his door.
The next bailout could focus on homeowners headed for default.
Unscripted shows and foreign imports squeeze writers, some of whom look to Internet as new outlet.
A lesson from Great Depression, historians say, is that Roosevelt didn't spend enough to jolt economy into recovery.
As part of their own 'surge,' they destroyed more than 160 Humvees and trucks bound for Afghanistan.