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Robert Rodriguez Has a Prime Outlet for His Guilty Pleasures

Explains how he chooses his programming


Specs
Who Robert Rodriguez
Age 45
Accomplishments Filmmaker (From Dusk Till Dawn, Spy Kids and the upcoming Sin City: A Dame to Kill For); founder/chairman of El Rey network; creator of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series (Tuesdays 9/8c)
Base Austin, Texas

What’s the first information you consume in the morning?
The first thing I do when I wake up is I check my to-do list. As far as outside-world stuff, I try not to look at any of that until midday or later. Sometimes I’ll check Deadline and Ain’t It Cool and Indiewire for entertainment stuff.

I saw that you just did a Reddit Ask Me Anything. How did that go?
It was great! I got some really good questions. I’m going to go back and grab some of my answers and stick them in my journal because some of them were to questions that I hadn’t answered before. [Reddit users] always set the bar really high.

What’s your favorite app?
I probably use the Kindle app the most. I also use Shazam, and the regular voice recorder iPhone app, which I use to write songs or record actors’ dialogue. I like programs that don’t have a lot of steps—you can just open it up and start recording or writing. When I have to clear out apps, those are the ones that stay.

How do you listen to music?
I used to use Spotify. But I changed my passcode or something, and it’s too difficult to get back on. I just end up buying the song I want to hear on iTunes.

What TV shows do you watch?
I watched House of Cards, Breaking Bad, of course, and The Walking Dead I like a lot. And True Detective—I’ve only seen a couple of those, but I want to go binge on that when I get back home.

Do you have any guilty pleasure shows?
Well, I’ve got my own television network now, so I get to put all my guilty pleasures on the schedule! Right now Starsky & Hutch is on. Quentin [Tarantino] called me the other day and said, “I saw that Starsky & Hutch was on! And I thought, wow, I wonder what network plays Starsky & Hutch? And it was your network!” He was so excited to rewatch it from the beginning.

How do you choose your programming?
I see what’s available and what fits our brand. If I’m genuinely a fan of something, I’ll get it. If I don’t like it or watch it, I’m not going to force it on my viewers just to fill up time. Lately we’ve been showing a lot of grindhouse films and martial arts movies, and people really like the respect we show toward genre films.

What’s on your reading list?
A lot different biographies of directors. I’m working on a new show called The Director’s Chair—it’s kind of like Inside the Actors Studio, but for directors—so I’m trying to brush up on their work so I can ask good questions. I just finished reading about John Carpenter for his interview. It takes a lot of preparation, more than I had anticipated.

How do you wind down before bed?
I play cards with my fiancée and watch old Moonlightings. That’s our go-to relaxation method.

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