Michael Idato

Michael Idato

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

Harper Lee to release second novel 50 years after To Kill a Mockingbird

Michael Idato More than five decades after To Kill A Mockingbird was published, the iconic novel is to get a sequel.

Classics return

David Duchovny keen to reprise roles in Twin Peaks, The X Files

Return ... David Duchovny would relish the chance to star in the planned new series of <i>Twin Peaks</i>.

Michael Idato With plans under way to revive both the iconic David Lynch drama Twin Peaks and 1990s Fox hit The X Files, US actor David Duchovny is living proof of the saying "it never rains but it pours".

Birdman sweeps LA AACTA Awards as Chris Hemsworth named G'Day LA honouree

Scarlett Johansson and Chris Hemsworth at the 2015 G'Day USA Los Angeles Gala.

Michael Idato The Oscar campaign for the critically acclaimed film Birdman has accelerated, with the film taking out four of the seven awards at the 4th annual AACTA Awards.

Matthew Perry's 'odd' new role

?Pilot? -- THE ODD COUPLE stars Matthew Perry as endearing slob Oscar Madison and Thomas Lennon as uptight neat freak Felix Unger, two former college buddies who become unlikely roommates after the demise of their marriages.  Pictured left to right: Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon.Photo: Monty Brinton/CBS?2014 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved Matthew Perry (as Oscar Madison) and Thomas Lennon (as Felix Unger) in the new TV series The Odd Couple. Airs on Ten, 2015. *FIRST USE SUN-HERALD TV LIFTOUT.*Click to play video

Michael Idato Friends star Matthew Perry discusses his reboot of classic comedy The Odd Couple.

ABC comedy The Strange Calls to get US remake, but who will take Barry Crocker role?

The Strange Calls

Michael Idato Donald Sutherland among candidates for American adaptation of series that's been talked about as a 'horror comedy' or comedic spin on The X-Files.

Tyler Ritter inherits the comedic gene

Michael Idato Son of late comic John Ritter, Tyler stars in the new American sitcom The McCarthys.

Q&A with Gene Simmons

Michael Idato Kiss band-member and aspiring TV talent judge Gene Simmons talks to Michael Idato.

Better Call Saul creators explain why they couldn't resist a prequel to Breaking Bad

'Crazy tonne of overlap': Bob Odenkirk, who plays Saul, sees the connections between the two shows.

Michael Idato The single most challenging thing about the highly anticipated new drama series Better Call Saul is something over which its creators, Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, have no control: the umbilical...


Long running Survivor lives up to its name

Michael Idato Survivor pushes into its 30th season with host Jeff Probst revealing that the relaxed attitude of its Aussie crew members have rubbed off in a good way on their US counterparts.

The Royals ... possibly the worst show in the history of TV

Worst show ever? ... <i>The Royals</i> is a very fictional drama about a very fictional 'British Royal Family'.

Michael Idato Television is no stranger to scraping the bottom of the barrel. And then, along comes The Royals.


Sean Hayes joins the cast of The Millers

Michael Idato Sean Hayes is airdropped in to spice up the second season of The Millers.


Will Arnett stars in The Millers

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Michael Idato The Millers' Will Arnett explains that despite the show's success, they are putting in the hard yards to keep the laughs coming.


Joshua Jackson and The Affair

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Michael Idato In this psychological drama with a twist, Jackson reveals how both the plot and his character changes according to who is telling the story.


DiNozzo misses Ziva

Michael Idato Michael Weatherly still misses his NCIS sparring partner Cote de Pablo and fondly remembers his Australian experience.

US remake

Melissa George on returning to The Slap: 'I want to dig deeper'

Melissa George, right, as Rosie in the Australian production of <i>The Slap</i>.

Michael Idato Australian actress Melissa George, who starred as Rosie in the critically acclaimed ABC drama, didn't hesitate when offered the chance to play the same role in the US adaptation.

Thunderbirds are go: First pictures of TV remake

Michael Idato The first images of the upcoming TV reboot of the iconic series Thunderbirds have been released, recasting the iconic puppets from the 1960s original 'super-marionation' series as buff animated...


Tea Leoni is Madam Secretary

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Michael Idato The joy of playing a US Secretary of State with the unlikely talent of solving world crises in 43 minutes.


Madam showrunner Barbara Hall

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Michael Idato Madam Secretary showrunner and writer Barbara Hall on the political glass ceiling and why Tea Leoni's balance of funny and serious dramatic actor, was perfect for the lead role.


Diane Lockhart and The Good Wife

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Michael Idato Smart and engaging, Christine Baranski discusses the sixth season of The Good Wife.