Michael Idato

Michael Idato

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

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

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.

Wet Hot American Summer proves you can go home again

Michael Idato It's been called one of the funniest films ever made and one of the worst, but like it or not, Wet Hot American Summer is back.

Fear The Walking Dead: prequel TV series tracks rise of the zombie apocalypse

Travis Manawa (Cliff Curtis) and Madison Clark (Kim Dickens) are part of the human drama in the zombie prequel <i>Fear The Walking Dead</i>.

Michael Idato For the past five years, the critically acclaimed US drama The Walking Dead has been a high watermark, both for the horror genre, and for the success of scripted cable dramas worldwide.

Networking: Stan brings best of Warner Bros to online viewers

Poh Ling Yeow's kitchen prowess is proving a hit for SBS.

Michael Idato With new deals for streaming services and the return of an old favourite, it's been a big week for TV.

Big drama

TV review: tough times in New York and Texas, in Show Me a Hero and Texas Rising

Winona Ryder and Oscar Isaacs in <i>Show Me A Hero</i>.

Michael Idato David Simon's tale of New Yorkers with housing problems is likely to resonate with modern-day Australians.

The challenge of being the real George Hamilton

Michael Idato Actor, icon and tanning advocate, George Hamilton is starring in a new reality series about his incredible life. He tells Michael Idato what it's like to play himself.

Winona Ryder returns for race-charged drama from The Wire's David Simon

Winona Ryder and Oscar Isaac in <i>Show Me a Hero</i>.

Michael Idato Having deconstructed the inner workings of the Baltimore Police Department in the critically exalted drama, The Wire, David Simon is moving into the complexities of politics.

Spoiler alert! Watching what you say about what you watch

Someone who switches on a streaming service may be just starting to view a show like 'House of Cards', starring Kevin Spacey.

Michael Idato There are those who believe that in the new age of streaming services and instant delivery, the once all-powerful "spoiler" - television's kryptonite - would be a thing of the past.

Streaming coup

Friends, The O.C., iZombie to stream on Stan after successful Warner Bros deal

All 236 episodes of <i>Friends</i> will be streamed on Stan.

Michael Idato The streaming television service Stan has signed an output deal with Warner Bros studios.

Networking: Australian stars Ryan Kwanten and Yvonne Strahovski in US pilot


Michael Idato From two Australians headlining a breakthrough series to a singing diva's new TV role, it's a big week for the small screen

TV reviews: Bitten and Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp

Amy Poehler and Bradley Cooper in <i>Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp</i>.

Michael Idato Plausibility is stretched to the limit when middle-aged actors play teens. Who are television's worst offenders?

Q&A: Why Laura Vandervoort is loving being Bitten

Michael Idato One of the few supernatural series to ever venture a female werewolf, Bitten is breaking new ground. Laura Vandervoort talks with Michael Idato about being TV's first true bitch.

Netflix's algorithm matches content to eyeballs and is rewriting the TV rulebook

Kevin Spacey in hit series <i>House of Cards</i>.

Michael Idato Netflix is tracking what we watch and when, and is learning to predict our tastes. Welcome to television 2.0.

Networking: Todd Lasance takes on a role in The Vampire Diaries

Medowie-raised <i>Home and Away</i> actor Todd Lasance.

Michael Idato Australian actor Todd Lasance is joining the cast of the US drama The Vampire Diaries.

Game of Thrones: at least two more seasons, but there's bad news too...

Emilia Clarke plays Daenerys Targaryen in the hit series.

Michael Idato Game of Thrones fans can look forward to at least two more seasons of the blockbuster fantasy drama.

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Michael Sheen returns to sex it up again

Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan in <i>Masters of Sex</i>.

Michael Idato As man who seemed always to interpret human sexuality through the prism of academia, the world of William Masters shifts radically in the third season of Masters of Sex.

Netflix boss Ted Sarandos forced to defend Adam Sandler deal after box-office flops

String of flops ... Actor Adam Sandler attends the 'Pixels' New York premiere at Regal E-Walk on July 18 in New York City.

Michael Idato Netflix boss Ted Sarandos has been forced to defend the "value" of his company's deal with Hollywood star Adam Sandler in the wake of a string of failures for Sandler at the box office, including...