Information Diet: Mark Duplass

The star of 'The League' confesses his biggest indulgence: a very, very large TV

Adweek: What’s the first information you consume in the morning?

Mark Duplass: Either Dora the Explorer or Ni Hao, Kai-lan. I have a 3-and-a-half-year old, and in the mornings she crawls into bed and says, “Daddy, wake up.” So I—parent of the year award—put the television on so I can try and sleep for another 20 minutes. But it does seep into my subconscious.

What do you read or watch or listen to at the breakfast table?

We’re on a classical music kick. My dad played it a lot when I was growing up. We usually listen to KUSC, a station out of USC here.

What occupies your mind in the car, on the subway, train, or bus?

In the car, I’m usually more about catching up on phone calls. So it’s like, headset in immediately.

Are you a TV junkie, or on an airtime-restricted diet?

We’re all about the Netflix Instant View. My wife Katie and I did the great and terrible move of installing a TV in our bedroom. So if we’re feeling smart and cool, we watch weird documentaries and foreign films, and if we’re feeling really tired, it’s Dumb and Dumber, Hot Tub Time Machine, and Romancing the Stone.

If you’re a couch potato, what do you watch, and how: TV, laptop, or tablet?

It’s usually TV at our house. We do—sadly, I shouldn’t be saying this—Bachelor and Bachelorette gatherings on Monday nights.

Before bed, do you bite into a novel, graze on Twitter, or fast until morning?

We’ve gotten lazy about doing last-minute emails and work stuff that gets pushed to the end of the day. We’ve turned into that dual-laptops-in-bed couple.

Which is more nutritious: print or Web?

When I’m on vacation, there’s nothing like the feeling of a magazine in my hands. I always read trade publications like Deadline, Hollywood Reporter, Variety, and indieWIRE. But the efficiency of The New York Times app on my iPad is kind of hard to deny in my daily life.

Give us the skinny on your favorite app.

Chess Free on my iPhone. I used to love playing chess growing up, and I’m excited about the idea that this is something I’m going to do with my daughter.

What’s your biggest digital indulgence?

Our 65-inch television. When we had our daughter, we realized that we would not be going to the movies anytime soon, so we calculated what we normally spend in the movie theater over the course of a year and then we put that into the purchase of our monstrous TV.

In such a bloated media universe, how do you cut out the fat?

I don’t do a very good job of cutting out the fat, honestly. What ends up happening is I get hit with a massive amount of media fat, and I can only absorb a certain amount of it.