Michael Idato

Michael Idato

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


Modern Family's gay wedding episodes strike the right balance

Michael Idato Writer/producers Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan have carefully navigated the issue of marriage equality with nuance and respect.


Nine network's Georgie Gardner leaves Today Show

Michael Idato Today Show's news presenter Georgie Gardner has announced she is stepping down from the Nine Network's flagship breakfast program.

Trouble at Channel Ten: Where to now?

Hamish McLennan.

Michael Idato In a little more than two months, the Ten Network turns 50. What should be an occasion for celebration will draw little cheer as Australia's youngest commercial network is steered to the brink of...

Trouble at Ten: where to now for the embattled broadcaster?


Michael Idato An answer to the most pertinent question on the table - where to now? - still seems elusive as the network itself is paralysed between a perfect storm of programming and revenue failures.

Julianna Margulies reveals she was not first choice to star in The Good Wife

Julianna Margulies

Michael Idato Award-winning actress Julianna Margulies, the star of the television series The Good Wife, has revealed she was not the first choice for the role which is now earning her wide critical acclaim.


'Harry' jilted at the altar as I Wanna Marry Harry fails

<i>I Wanna Marry Harry</i> doesn't rate with US audiences.

Michael Idato They may wanna marry Harry but it looks like they don't wanna watch him.

DC duo

Batman v Superman movie's full name revealed

Ben Affleck as Batman in upcoming movie <i>Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice</i>.

Michael Idato The highly anticipated Batman versus Superman film has finally been given a title.


Michael Idato Not all the tidings from the upfronts are bad, many shows scored renewals, including The Mentalist.

What's hot?

TV's new crop unveiled: what's hot in the battle of comic books, crime and comedy?

The Flash.

Michael Idato After a bloodbath of cancellations that saw roughly 40 shows culled from the American TV schedule, including the remake of the Australian hit Rake and Rebel Wilson's comedy series Super Fun Night,...

Why overnight ratings are no longer the life and death measure of TV audience

In Australia, overnight ratings figures continue to be the dominant measure of success and failure.

Michael Idato American television networks are pushing for greater analysis of television viewing, hoping to track audiences who watch TV shows across a whole month rather than the traditional "overnights".

TV mystery

Twin Peaks fans in frenzy as David Lynch plans to release 90 minutes of unseen material

Laura Palmer

Michael Idato In one of the final scenes of the iconic television program Twin Peaks back in 1991, murdered American schoolgirl Laura Palmer said: "I will see you again in 25 years.

Ten deal

'Prince Harry' up for grabs in new Ten reality show

Prince Harry, pictured at a wedding last year.

Michael Idato The Ten Network has secured the Australian rights to a reality TV show in which ambitious American brides chase the hand of Britain's Prince Harry in royal marriage.


Super Fun Night, Rake axed in US television bloodbath

Rebel Wilson in Super Fun Night

Michael Idato Hollywood is a tough town. Only a year after Australian comedian Rebel Wilson launched onto America's small screen with Super Fun Night, the comedy about three girlfriends has been axed from the US...

Mariah Carey: the passionate and elusive singer reveals her new album

Mariah Carey (Photo by Kevin Mazur Archive/WireImage)

Michael Idato Having twins has not slowed Mariah Carey down. Michael Idato stays up (very) late to interview the iconic singer-songwriter and actress.


Todd Sampson will be returning.

Michael Idato The ABC has commissioned a second series of Todd Sampson's series Redesign My Brain.

Plenty to laugh about in this break-up story

Separation anxiety: Mum Carol (Margo Martindale) and son Nathan (Will Arnett) in <i>The Millers</i>.

Michael Idato Divorce is a gas in Greg Garcia's new sitcom.

Beauty and the Beast: loving the darkness

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Michael Idato Stars Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan discuss season two, on-set antics and the darker side of Vincent.

Logies 2014: The Block's Scott Cam wins Gold Logie

Scott Cam poses in the awards room after winning the Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality on Television at the 2014 Logie Awards.

Michael Idato and Michael Lallo The Block may not have come out on top but its presenter Scott Cam did after winning most popular personality and presenter Logies, and snatching a quick kiss from Kylie along the way.

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Revolutionary spies a revelation


Michael Idato A grand historical thriller is an unlikely addition to the drama slate of AMC, and yet here is Turn.


Billy Bob Thornton.

Michael Idato Fargo launched in the US this week, drawing about 4.1 million viewers on cable channel FX.