Michael Idato

Michael Idato

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

Coming up Trumps

Ronny Chieng: why too much Trump is in fact too much on The Daily Show

Michael Idato The Melbourne comedian who reports on the US's satirical Daily Show on presedential hopefuls and private failure.

Molly by golly

Review: Samuel Johnson as a jolly good Molly

Michael Idato The actor captures the essence of Australia's favourite music fanatic.

Where's Jon Snow?

Game of Thrones season six: first-look images hint at what's ahead - but no Jon Snow

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister and Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister.

Michael Idato Who lives? Who dies? A glimpse of season six reveals a little about what the fate of several characters.

New blood

Top Gear's full line-up of presenters revealed

Matt LeBlanc is one of  Top Gear's seven presenters in 2016.

Michael Idato The BBC has unveiled a final lineup of seven presenters for its flagship motoring program Top Gear, including two international racing drivers and American actor Matt LeBlanc.

Frozen musical is heading to Broadway theatres

Elsa and Ana from <i>Frozen</i> are getting the live action treatment.

Michael Idato Disney, the US studio which owns the mega-hit Frozen, has unveiled the first details of the musical's journey from Hollywood to the Broadway stage.

Will that be all, m'lord? Downton Abbey producer quizzed on end since early days

Fond farewell: Maggie Smith as Countess Violet in Julian Fellowes' period drama Downton Abbey.

Michael Idato There has been a surprising amount of focus on when Downton Abbey would end its run.

Damian Lewis is a morally ambivalent hedge-fund tsar in Billions

Damian Lewis as Bobby

Michael Idato Damian Lewis says the script for his new show, Billions, was the best piece of writing he had seen in 12 months of reading scripts.

Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger bring firepower to HBO's new music drama Vinyl

Bobby Cannavale as Richie Finestra.

Michael Idato New music drama Vinyl is set in 1973, the year that punk, disco and hip-hop all happened.

Networking: All the news from the television industry

Michael Idato dinkus

Michael Idato The Irwin family enter the Celebrity jungle and Macgyver revs up for a reboot.

I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here: great casting the secret to success

Michael Idato We loathe reality shows more than any other television genre but hits like I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here just keep us wanting more.

The latest news and information from the television industry

Miranda Otto joins the reboot of US series 24.

Michael Idato Australian actress Miranda Otto has been cast as the lead in the reboot of the hit US series 24.  

Mad Max, Blanchett, take honours at International AACTA awards

Cate Blanchett won best actress for her role in Carol.

Michael Idato Mad Max: Fury Road has won two awards at the AACTA International Awards in Los Angeles, making it well-placed in the Oscar race.

X-Files rebooted: Mulder and Scully return in search for truth

Michael Idato A classic is rebooted, reuniting two charismatic actors and two of TV's most enduring characters. But will it give viewers something to believe in?

Australians out in force

Mariah Carey flaunts engagement ring with James Packer at G'Day USA gala

James Packer and Mariah Carey arrive at the 2016 G'Day USA gala.

Michael Idato Mariah Carey, the newly minted bride-to-be of Australian casino billionaire turned Hollywood film producer James Packer, made a stunning debut on the G'Day LA red carpet in Los Angeles.

David Duchovny reveals why The X-Files drove him and Gillian Anderson crazy

Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) andĀ Dana Scully (GillianĀ Anderson) are back for a six-episode limited series of <i>The X-Files</i>.

Michael Idato For nine years, 202 episodes and most of the 1990s, Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) investigated paranormal phenomenon in The X-Files.

Miranda Otto secures lead role in Fox's reboot of 24

Michael Idato The Australian actress has turned her guest role in Homeland into a lead in a much-awaited reboot.

Big deal

Stan snares Twin Peaks in Showtime deal

Peak performance: David Lynch will direct the reboot of the surrealist classic <i>Twin Peaks</i>, to be released exclusively in Australia on Stan.

Michael Idato The streaming platform Stan has signed a multi-year deal with Showtime in the US that will bring its programs to the service, including exclusive rights to the highly anticipated return of Twin Peaks.

The best of 2016

2016: The television year ahead

Matt Le Nevez is the King of the Mountain in Brock, set to air on Ten.

Michael Idato Comedy, drama, reality and more, here's our look at the best new TV for 2016.

Surprise

LA "skid row" carnival crowd features Aussie boy band What About Tonight

Fun4Kids Day 7.  Pictured What About Tonight on main stage at the festival.    140706AM30   Picture: ANGELA MILNE

Michael Idato The Skid Row Carnival of Love was alive with possibility for an entrenched are of underprivileged.

Power people

TV review: DC Legends of Tomorrow, a pantheon of superpowers

Michael Idato The individual stories benefit enormously being part of the bigger whole.