Michael Idato

Michael Idato

Michael Idato is a Senior Writer based in Los Angeles for The Sydney Morning Herald.

Clarkson sacking

Top Gear over? James May, Richard Hammond may not return after Jeremy Clarkson sacking

Michael Idato The BBC may have to re-launch its embattled Top Gear franchise with an entirely new line-up of hosts, following reports that Jeremy Clarkson's co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May not return to...

Curtains fall

Downton Abbey season 6 will be the last, says Gareth Neame

'The ending is as important as the beginning' ... How will Lady Mary fare?

Michael Idato The show's executive producer Gareth Neame has announced that the series will finish next year.

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Jeremy Clarkson was a by-product of the system which made him

Jeremy Clarkson.

Michael Idato The Top Gear host has finally fallen victim to his own misbehaviour and been stood down.

Jeremy Clarkson's BBC contract as Top Gear presenter will not be renewed

The BBC has taken the difficult decision to sack <i>Top Gear</i> star Jeremy Clarkson.

Michael Idato The BBC says it has decided not to renew contract of Jeremy Clarkson, the suspended presenter of its popular Top Gear motoring program.

Bates Motel star Freddie Highmore talks about playing against expectations

Michael Idato Norman Bates and his mother, Norma, are forced to review their relationship in the third season of Bates Motel, series star Freddie Highmore says.

Tina Fey talks Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt after 'seven joyful years' as 30 Rock's Liz Lemon

Charming: Ellie Kemper takes the title role in <i>Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt</i>.

Michael Idato After seven years in front of the camera in 30Rock, Tina Fey is taking a break from acting.

True blue to-do

Russell Crowe rejected twice as Australian citizen

'I've even had my face on an Australian stamp' ... Russell Crowe laments his lack of Australian citizenship.

Michael Idato Russell Crowe's desire to take Australian citizenship has been rebuffed twice, the 50-year-old actor has revealed.

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Mulder and Scully

The X-Files to return with David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson in a six-part series

X Files.

Michael Idato The X-Files, one of the most successful television programs of the 1990s, is returning with its key characters Fox Mulder and Dana Scully.

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Netflix v Stan v Presto v Quickflix v Ezyflix v Foxtel Play: Your guide to streaming video services in Australia


Michael Idato Netflix is here, but which streaming video service is best for you?

Rivals beware

Netflix Australian launch: Subscription prices reveal plans to undercut rivals Stan, Presto

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings.

Michael Idato The US streaming service Netflix is set to make an aggressive push into the Australian streaming space by undercutting its two principal rivals.

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Networking: Sherlock Holmes for Christmas

Christmas cracker: Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in <i>Sherlock</i>.

Michael Idato All the latest news from the TV industry.

The Jinx: Robert Durst doco stranger than fiction

Robert Durst.

Michael Idato Andrew Jarecki says he navigated New York property heir Robert Durst with caution during the filming of his riveting six-part documentary series.


The Bold and the Beautiful: soap breaks TV sex taboo with plot twist

Shock: Karla Mosley's character will be revealed to be transgender.

Michael Idato In historical terms, the US daytime soap opera genre has been a trailblazer, tackling sensitive subjects such as abortion and homosexuality when they were still taboo in most popular media.

Winds of Winter

Game of Thrones' George RR Martin skips Comic-Con to finish next book Winds of Winter

George RR Martin: staying home to write <i>Winds of Winter</i>.

Michael Idato The author announced via his blog he will instead be focusing on writing the next book, Winds of Winter.

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Screen grab

Apple takes on Foxtel, Comcast, Time-Warner in pay-TV business

Screen grab ... Apple is launching a foray into the increasingly crowded pay TV market.

Michael Idato Apple is gearing up to take on pay TV giants including Foxtel.

Emmys ruling

Emmys 2015: Shameless, Jane the Virgin and Glee ruled as comedies

Michael Idato The one-hour comedy/dramas Shameless, Jane the Virgin and Glee will be permitted to submit as comedies at this year's Emmy Awards.

Victorian drama

BBC's Sherlock sends Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman back in time

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in <i>Sherlock</i>'s upcoming Christmas episode.

Michael Idato Sherlock Holmes and John Watson are going back in time to author Arthur Conan Doyle's Victorian era.

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Too furious

Justin Bieber roast: Late Paul Walker jokes to be cut from telecast

The late Paul Walker in <i>Furious 7</i>.

Michael Idato Jokes about the death of actor Paul Walker, who starred in The Fast and The Furious film franchise, will be cut from the Justin Bieber 'roast' which was filmed in Los Angeles at the weekend.

Justin Bieber dubbed the 'King Joffrey of pop' at Comedy Central Roast

Justin Bieber speaks onstage at the Comedy Central Roast.

Michael Idato Friends, Beliebers, countrymen, lend me your ears. They came to bury Justin, not to praise him.

Q&A: Lord Michael Dobbs discusses adapting his political thriller House of Cards for Netflix

Michael Dobbs: 'I think the new series will stand the test of time as well, if not better than the first.'

Michael Idato Michael Idato speaks to House of Cards author and British politician Lord Michael Dobbs, whose book was the basis for the UK and the US TV series.