Michael Idato

Michael Idato

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

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Logies 2015: Who should win on Australian TV's big night?

Michael Idato Much of the competition is on the red carpet, but some of it is still left on the stage.

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Michael Idato The streaming television platform Stan has commissioned its first local production, a comedy series from the creators of the critically acclaimed series A Moody Christmas.

The Jinx: a twisting, turning and disturbing tale

Michael Idato A documentary series about a wealthy accused murderer captivated American audiences.

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The Partridge Family actress Suzanne Crough dead at 52 in Nevada home

Suzanne Crough starred as Tracy Partridge in <i>The Partridge Family</i> (pictured as youngest girl with long hair).

Michael Idato Suzanne Crough, who played the youngest daughter in the iconic '70s sitcom, The Partridge Family, has died.

Sam Frost returns to reality television in The Bachelorette

Looking for love: Sam Frost will star in <i>The Bachelorette</i>.

Michael Idato It is one of the peculiarities of reality television that even when a show fails to deliver on its promise, it can live to fight another day.

'Catch him before he's gone'

X-Men: Apocalypse: Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler picture leaks

Michael Idato Thanks to his indigo-coloured skin, the superhero Nightcrawler is almost impossible to spot in the shadows.

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Award winners

Daytime Emmys 2015: Days of Our Lives and Young and The Restless tie

Michael Idato Old favourites The Young and The Restless and Days of our Lives have tied for best drama at the 42nd annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

X-wing and a prayer

Star Wars superfans send X-Wing into space in audacious bid for tickets to The Force Awakens premiere

Star Wars superfans angling for tickets to the premiere ... Phil St Pier, left, and Matt Kingsnorth tell Twitter about their X-wing space launch.

Michael Idato Two fans have launched an audacious plan to get themselves invited to the premiere of the new Star Wars film, by sending an X-Wing starfighter into space.

Nervous wait

Hugh Sheridan heads to Nepal to join search for brother Zachary

Michael Idato The former Packed to the Rafters star was optimistic that his brother was "alive and stuck".

Networking: Aussies sign on for Netflix series

Kermit the Frog is poised to leap back into our lives.

Michael Idato The upcoming Netflix series Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones has added to its Australian cast.

Outlander and Game of Thrones strive for authenticity

Michael Idato Outlander producers have gone to great lengths to recreate 18th Scotland and reflect the text of Diana Gabaldon's novels – in the process opening up a whole new audience for her stories.

Fuller House: Netflix confirms it will revive the '80s sitcom Full House

The less <i>Full House</i>: Most of the original cast will return for the Netflix reboot.

Michael Idato In the opening episode, Stephanie Tanner and Kimmy Gibbler will move in with DJ to help her manage her growing family.

Roseanne Barr reveals she is suffering from a condition that will leave her blind

Michael Idato 'My vision is closing in now', the US comedian says, adding she's using marijuana to ease the discomfort.

Australia dramas and actors storm into the Monte Carlo TV Festival

 Jonathan LaPaglia has been nominated for a Golden Nymph for his work on <i>Love Child</i>.

Michael Idato Three home grown dramas - Ten's Secrets & Lies, Nine's Love Child and the ABC drama Anzac Girls - have been nominated for awards at the prestigious festival.

Foxtel and Netflix to share rights for Orange is the New Black

No longer imprisoned by old seasons... All of <i>Orange is the New Black</i> series will be on offer to Australians.

Michael Idato Foxtel will launch the third season of the critically acclaimed US women's prison drama Orange is the New Black by screening every episode in a full season marathon.

Rogue One

Star Wars spin-off Rogue One to take fans back to where it all began

Following in Princess Leia's footsteps ... British actress Felicity Jones is the only confirmed actor signed on for Disney's new Star Wars film, <i>Rogue One</i>.

Michael Idato The first standalone Star Wars movie will take fans back to where it all began, the theft of the Death Star plans.

Gone With The Wind dress sells for US$137,000

Michael Idato In 1961, a young man working as a sweeper in the hair and makeup department at Universal Studios came across a dress laying on the floor. He was told to ignore it, as it was being thrown away.

Fan force

New Star Wars movie The Force Awakens trailer adds $2.5b to Disney's value

A still from the original Star Wars (1977) movie. Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill),  
Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) all return for The Force Awakens.

Michael Idato The second teaser trailer for the highly anticipated Star Wars sequel The Force Awakens has proved a financial boon for the US studio Disney.

Networking: Game of Thrones conquers despite leak

Eight million viewers: <i>Game of Thrones</i> season five's Tommen and Cersei.

Michael Idato Sky News Australia's Anzac Day coverage will include the march and cross to dawn services around the world, including Auckland, Gallipoli and Villers-Bretonneux in France.

Home and Away joins Logie's Hall of Fame, but highlights a stunning lack of female inductees

Long-running series Home and Away enters the Logies Hall of Fame.

Michael Idato The long-running Seven Network soap opera Home and Away has been inducted into the TV Week Logie Hall of Fame.