Michael Idato

Michael Idato

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

Mipcom: attendance up, streaming surges but TV drama at risk of overheating

Michael Idato The annual television market Mipcom cemented its position as the television industry calendar's most important event, with organisers reporting 13,700 executives, programmers and exhibitors had...

Networking: The return of Russell Coight and more TV news

Glenn Robbins as Russell Coight.

Michael Idato SBS will partner with the US-based Scripps Networks to develop a food-themed channel as part of the network's digital multi-channel offering.

The Next Big Hits

X-Files, Beowulf, Twin Peaks and more: the five hottest scripted dramas at Mipcom

Bookies favourite ... Damian Lewis in <i>Homeland</i>.

Michael Idato Is there a new Game of Thrones, House of Cards or Walking Dead among the programs being showcased at the annual TV market in Cannes?

New The X-Files makes a dazzling debut as Cannes hosts world premiere

David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson.

Michael Idato The premiere episode in a sentence? It's a ripper. An absolute bloody ripper.

Gogglebox and Limitless reviewed: watching the watchers

<i>Gogglebox</i> armchair critics Mick and Di.

Michael Idato A TV show about ordinary people watching TV shows is a surprisingly juicy addition to the schedule.

Mipcom gets underway in Cannes despite natural disaster declared

Elizabeth Hurley plays Queen Helena in <i>The Royals</i>.

Michael Idato Cannes still picking up the pieces as world's biggest TV program market opens its doors for business.

Deaths after 'medicane' storm hits Cannes ahead of Mipcom TV event

Rain pours in Nice as the French League One soccer match between Nice and Nantes is stopped on Saturday.

Michael Idato Flash floods on the French Riviera killed 16 people and five others were reported missing on Sunday, prompting the government to declare a natural disaster in the southeastern tourist region.

TV review: the return of Doctor Who – one for the old-school softies

Peter Capaldi as the Doctor and Jenna Coleman as Clara in <i>Doctor Who</i>.

Michael Idato The Doctor is back, with his trusty sonic screwdriver, a showdown with nemesis Davros, and a meaty script that verges on parody.

Quantico opens the door for Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra

The cast of <i>Quantico</i> (from left): Brian J. Smith, Johanna Braddy, Yasmine Al Massri and Priyanka Chopra.

Michael Idato Priyanka Chopra didn't hesitate when offered the role of Alex Parrish in the new American spy thriller Quantico. "She's Jason Bourne in female form," Chopra says.

Bad guys play the odds in the underworld

Philip Winchester is The Player and Wesley Snipes is Mr Johnson, who controls the game, in <i>The Player</i>.

Michael Idato Television has lost its sense of surprise, says writer-producer John Rogers. Ditto its grasp of pulp heroes and high concept action.

Networking: Scream Queens off to a rocky start

Peter Capaldi is bringing some special friends to the Doctor Who festival in Sydney in November.

Michael Idato The talent lineup for the planned Doctor Who Festival in Sydney in November has been pumped up, with former companion Billie Piper, actor Dan Starkey and former Doctor Who Sylvester McCoy joining...

Review: Scream Queens puts designer twist on the horror genre

Michael Idato Heathers meets Glee in the latest take on the horror genre which sees original scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis rule the roost.

Tim Kring on the resurrection of Heroes Reborn

Judith Shekoni (left) as Joanne Collins and Zachary Levi as Luke Collins in <i>Heroes Reborn</i>.

Michael Idato A rare reprieve sees new and old heroes on the screen.

Actress Rose McIver reveals how she devours human brains in iZombie

Michael Idato The star of iZombie, Rose McIver, talks about her appetite for grey matter.

Emmy Awards ratings: cable TV takes the glory, but free-to-air is left with the bill

Peter Dinklage, winner of the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for <i>Game of Thrones</i>.

Michael Idato Few things underscore the challenge which faces TV's annual night of nights than the fact that almost all of the honoured shows do not air on US free-to-air networks.

Winners and losers

Emmys Winners 2015: Game of Thrones wins top award, Transparent cleans up

Jon Snow almost came a cropper in an epic battle sequence in week's Game of Thrones.

Michael Idato Emmy voters have been reluctant to award Game of Thrones in the past. That changed.

10 things you need to know about the season premiere of Doctor Who

Michelle Gomez as Missy, Peter Capaldi as The Doctor and Jenna Coleman as Clara

Michael Idato Classic Doctor Who and textbook Steven Moffat combined for the new series of Doctor Who – here are 10 things every fan needs to know.

Networking: Wentworth and Deadline Gallipoli win big

Michael Idato dinkus

Michael Idato A new boss for ITV Australia and awards for two of our favourite dramas, it's been a big week for television, reports Michael Idato.

Who dares, wins

Doctor Who review: Season 9 episode 1 The Magician's Apprentice

Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman in Doctor Who


Michael Idato The big questions at the heart of Doctor Who just got bigger with a staggering return to form.

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Jackie Collins: Tributes flow for woman who defined the 1980s

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 21:  Jackie Collins arrives at a cocktail event to celebrate the launch of her new book, 'Confessions of a Wild Child' on October 21, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

Michael Idato Her famous friends have paid tribute to the bestselling novelist, who has died, aged 77, from breast cancer.