EW Online Poll: Readers think 'enough with the news, show me the funny'
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”Nothing is ever going to be the same,” showbiz experts intoned on Sept. 11, predicting that in a newly threatened and threatening world, pop-culture junkies would now avoid all things violent, dark, and cynical. But in making that analysis, they forgot to check with audiences: Judging from an unscientific online EW/AOL poll which drew more than 21,000 responses, pop-culture tastes haven’t changed much.

Around three quarters of those polled said their tastes in movies and TV haven’t changed, which jibes with recent grosses and Nielsen ratings. And while about one in five people said they’d rather watch a 24-hour news channel than just about any of the networks’ current prime-time entertainment offerings, a much greater number — 59 percent — said that no news (or at least less news) would be good news.

”We polled the audience,” David Letterman likes to say, ”and you know how much that can hurt.” Check out the results:

1. HAS YOUR TASTE IN MOVIES CHANGED SINCE SEPT. 11?
No: 75%
Yes: 24%

2. WHAT TYPE OF MOVIES ARE YOU MOST INTERESTED IN SEEING NOW?
Light comedies like Serendipity and Zoolander: 49%
Adult dramas like Hearts in Atlantis and Training Day: 26%
Scary movies like The Others and Don’t Say a Word: 24%

3. HAS YOUR TASTE IN TV CHANGED SINCE SEPT. 11?
No: 72%
Yes: 27%

4. WHAT TYPE OF TV SHOWS ARE YOU MOST INTERESTED IN WATCHING NOW?
Comedies like Friends and Everybody Loves Raymond: 48%
News channels like CNN and Fox: 22%
Crime dramas like Law & Order and CSI: 20%
Reality games like Survivor: Africa and The Amazing Race: 8%

5. WILL HOLLYWOOD REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF VIOLENCE IN MOVIES AND TV SHOWS IN THE WAKE OF SEPT. 11, OR WILL THINGS GO BACK TO NORMAL?
Things will go back to normal: 63%
There will be less violence in entertainment: 36%

6. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF CURRENT TV NEWS COVERAGE?
Too much coverage — they’re stretching a little information over a lot of time: 59%
Right amount of coverage: 36%
Too little coverage. The networks should preempt regular programming for news more often: 3%

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