Michael Idato

Michael Idato

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

Look Who's back: Peter Capaldi returns as The Doctor

Michael Idato For the working actor, a job on a television series such as Doctor Who should be, in principle, no different to any other gig.

Late Show debut

Stephen Colbert's Late Show debut re-writes the playbook for American talk shows

Steven Colbert in his office at the Ed Sullivan Theatre. Colbert will be the second person to host <i>The Late Show</i>, CBS's marquee late-night franchise, succeeding David Letterman, for whom it was created.

Michael Idato Change has been slow to come to America's late night talk establishment, with legends such as Jay Leno and David Letterman hanging on, frankly, years past their use by date.

Networking: Seven scoops Big Bang replays

<i>The Big Bang Theory</i>'s Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco.

Michael Idato The Seven Network has secured the free-to-air rights of the first seven seasons of The Big Bang Theory.

Hack attack

Mr Robot finds a place to call home and gives Christian Slater another go round

Remi Malik is the angst-soaked anti-hero Elliot Alderson in <i>Mr Robot</i>.

Michael Idato Period drama is tried and tested but cybercrime is the winner of these two series dallying with dangerously old-fashioned ideas.

Prestige buy

Australian indigenous TV drama Cleverman sells to US cable channel Sundance

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Caption- The Sapphires star Deborah Mailman will visit Shellharbour as part of the council???s NAIDOC celebrations.

Michael Idato As anticipation builds for new drama Cleverman, an American cable network has snapped it up.

Shiny statues

Aussie producer David Hill considers multiple Oscar hosts, and promises to keep an eye on the clock

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the Golden Globes.

Michael Idato Hosting an awards night has historically been a poisoned chalice. Will Australian David Hill deliver?

Vera Farmiga has a complex relationship with her on-screen son Norman in Bates Motel

Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga in the <i>Psycho</i> prequel <i>Bates Motel</i>.

Michael Idato A mother-son relationship is at the heart of this Psycho prequel.

Hot Girls Wanted documents how young women are recruited into the porn business

Impulse decisions govern the lives of the aspiring porn stars in <i>Hot Girls Wanted</i>.

Michael Idato A documentary looking at why young women are pouring into the porn industry finds they are driven not by destitution but desperation for freedom, fame and fortune.

Big Bang's big move

Nine to lose free to air TV rights to The Big Bang Theory to Seven

Sheldon Cooper, lead character of <i>The Big Bang Theory</i>.

Michael Idato Which is really bad news for Channel Nine's programming.

Networking: Bindi Irwin to dance with stars; Peter Brock telemovie on way

Deborah Mailman and Elizabeth Wymarra in <i>Black Comedy</i>'s The Housewives of Naorromine.

Michael Idato The latest comings, goings and new shows in the Australian TV industry.

New stage

China, climate change and cricket ... Kevin Rudd makes his debut as a CNN host

Kevin Rudd discussed concerns over China's economy and the challenges of climate change on his first show as guest host on CNN.

Michael Idato With the bouncing-in-his-seat earnestness of a Year 12 prefect, and the slow, carefully measured hand gestures for which he is famous, Kevin Rudd made his debut as an international television host.

Alive and kicking

Review: Utopia, the Walking Dead and the zombies of bureaucracy

Rob Sitch in <i>Utopia</i>

Michael Idato A palpable dread pervades The Walking Dead prequel and the uncannily true-to-life Utopia.

Final Mr. Robot episode pulled over 'similarities' to Virginia shooting

Rami Malek in <i>Mr. Robot</i>.

Michael Idato The American cable network USA has withdrawn the final episode of its hit series Mr Robot, citing what network management describes as "similarities" between events in the episode and the shooting of...

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Grant Bowler on how reality TV helped create Defiance's sci-fi world

Michael Idato While most screenwriters and actors in the drama genre decry the rise of reality television, the Australian star of the US sci-fi drama Defiance, Grant Bowler, would like to offer his thanks.

Q&A: Claire Holt talks Aquarius and working with David Duchovny

Michael Idato The actress talks about taking on and entirely different role.

Notorious drug dealer Pablo Escobar is the villain of Narcos on Netflix

Michael Idato Series dramatises historical events but, unlike most such sagas sticks more to the facts.

Wonder Woman, Jessica Jones and Supergirl mark the return of the TV superheroine

DC Comics' <i>BatGirl</i>.

Michael Idato Though female superheroes have been the postergirls of the comic book world for many decades, the Amazonian princess Wonder Woman (alias War Department yeoman Diana Prince) chief among them, their...

Steve Irwin's daughter, Bindi Irwin, signs on for Dancing with the Stars

Bindi Irwin attends Discovery's 30th Anniversary Celebration in New York in July.

Michael Idato Bindi Irwin, the daughter of the late "Crocodile Hunter", Steve Irwin, is ready for a "beaut bonza" turn on DWTS.

Networking: The Great Australian Spelling Bee back on the agenda

Farewell: Yvonne Craig as Batgirl.

Michael Idato The Ten Network has commissioned a second season of The Great Australian Spelling Bee. The series was launched in August and has become one of Ten's strongest assets.

Purr-fect storm

TV previews: Pets Make You Laugh Out Loud and Aquarius

David Duchovny as Hodiak in Aquarius.

Michael Idato Steer clear of the cat videos; there is still quality drama on free-to-air TV.