Michael Idato

Michael Idato

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

Sue Ellen is back, but she's moved on

She's back: Linda Grey in Dallas.

Michael Idato Sue Ellen Ewing is one of television's iconic - and after more than three decades, one of our most enduring - characters. Michael Idato asks Linda Grey what it's like to play the Dallas mainstay.


Emmys 2014: host Seth Meyers plays it safe, plus best and worst moments

Robin Williams.

Michael Idato The 66th annual awards moved at a cracking pace, thanks to its rookie host, but most would have tuned in for the touching farewell to Robin Williams.

Gender bias?

Ashton Kutcher cashes in as TV's top earner: Forbes' rich list

Ashton Kutcher boosts his <i>Two and a Half Men</i> earnings with lucrative tech deals.

Michael Idato For an industry which is in the midst of radical change, television can be surprisingly old-fashioned.


Emmys' Robin Williams tribute fraught with danger

Remembered: Robin Williams is expected to dominate the Emmys 'in memoriam' segment.

Michael Idato As millions of viewers around the world tune into today's 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, many will come not for the honours and the accolades but to remember the iconic comedian and actor Robin...


Biggest Emmy snubs of all time: 10 actors who never took home TV's coveted prize


Michael Idato American television's highest accolade - the Emmy Award - is generally regarded as a solid barometer of brilliance. 

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Reality TV show will be set in the Outback

Michael Idato The ABC has commissioned a new observational reality series, Outback ER. The series will be filmed around the hospital and emergency services of the unofficial capital of the outback, Broken Hill.

Form guide

Emmys 2014 predictions: who should win?

Breaking Bad.

Michael Idato Television's night of nights, the honour roll of the very best television has to offer, or simply a crapshoot that the studios, this year in particular, have started to cynically "game"? Depending on...


CNN anchor Anderson Cooper to feature in Marvel comic Black Widow

Comic turn: News anchor Anderson Cooper will appear in the Marvel series <em>Black Widow</em>.

Michael Idato Television newsman Anderson Cooper is taking a somewhat unusual career turn - into a comic book star.


Robin Williams cremated the day after he died

Robin Williams

Michael Idato The beloved actor Robin Williams was privately cremated the day after he died, documents have revealed.

Q&A with Diane Kruger, star of The Bridge

Darker: Kruger says Sonja will have more to show in this series.

Michael Idato The German ex-model turned actor has become accustomed to LA.


Miranda Otto joins cast of HBO's Westworld

Going West: Miranda Otto joins a star-studded cast in HBO's <em>Westworld</em>.

Michael Idato Australian actress Miranda Otto has joined the cast of the HBO pilot Westworld.


Noah Taylor to star in new TV series, Powers

Superhuman: Noah Taylor has landed a starring role in a new series called <i>Powers</i>.

Michael Idato Australian actor Noah Taylor has been signed to star in a new series about a group of superhumans.

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New Girl: Trent O'Donnell wll direct Zooey Deschanel.

Michael Idato A local for New Girl, death on Game of Thrones and Pussy Riot in the White House.


Game of Thrones, True Detective, Fargo win big at Creative Arts Emmy Awards

Mr Burns is taking Emmy glory.

Michael Idato The HBO dramas Game of Thrones and True Detective, the critically exalted miniseries Fargo and the man behind the voice of The Simpsons' billionaire tyrant Mr Burns emerged as early winners at this...

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Union win

Survivor crew returns after walking off the island

Back to work: Survivor host Jeff Probst will resume shooting after a labour dispute was resolved.

Michael Idato They held their council and the tribe has spoken: Survivor's editors are allowed to work under a union-backed employment contract.

Robin Williams was battling Parkinson's disease, wife reveals

Robin Williams

Michael Idato Robin Williams, the iconic comedian, film and television star who died at his California home this week, was battling the early stages of Parkinson's disease, his wife has revealed.

Broadway will dim its marquee lights in tribute to Lauren Bacall

Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart at a cocktail party in 1951.

Michael Idato The theatres in New York's iconic Broadway district will dim their marquee lights for one minute this weekend to mark the passing of iconic Hollywood actress Lauren Bacall.

Cash from comics

Comic-book heroes big earners for film studios

The Avengers

Michael Idato An astonishing 30 super-hero movies are scheduled for release over the next six years.

Marvel and DC Comics draw battle lines in fight for geek dollar

Superheroes assemble: Marvel's  Avengers (from left)  Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Iron Man (Robert Downey jnr) and the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo).

Michael Idato It is no secret that so-called "action figure tent-poles" – that is, big-budget superhero films that hold up a studio's yearly schedule – have become Hollywood's bread basket.


Robin Williams death: Jimmy Fallon fights tears, pays tribute with 'Oh Captain, My Captain'

Jimmy Fallon and Robin Williams

Michael Idato American Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon fought back tears live on television, as he paid tribute to the late comedian Robin Williams, 'the Muhammad Ali of comedy'.

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