Michael Idato

Michael Idato

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


Katherine Heigl: 'I don't see myself as difficult'

Michael Idato Katherine Heigl is quizzed over her 'difficult' reputation while promoting new show State of Affairs.

Josh Thomas comedy Please Like Me breaks new ground in US


Michael Idato Australian comedian Josh Thomas asked a simple question with his comedy series Please Like Me. He has his answer: they do.

Home and Away actor Luke Mitchell signs on to big-budget Members Only series

Luke Mitchell

Michael Idato Australian actor Luke Mitchell has signed on to a new big-budget network drama in the US.

Emmy snub leaves Sons of Anarchy producer wanting to kill puppies

Sons of Anarchy

Michael Idato Television producer Kurt Sutter, whose critically acclaimed biker drama Sons of Anarchy was one of many outstanding shows overlooked by the Emmy Awards, has described his reaction as one of...

Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl blasts TV talent shows

Musician Dave Grohl, director of

Michael Idato TV talent shows - and their value to the music industry - has been a point of debate for years. Foo Fighters lead singer Dave Grohl's point of view is very clear: they're not much chop.


Emmys 2014: TV's top awards need to lift their game

Done and dusted: <i>Breaking Bad</i>.

Michael Idato The 66th Emmy award nominations overlook brilliant game-changing TV for tired staples.

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Emmy Awards: List of nominees in key categories

Up for Outstanding Supporting Actor in A Drama Series ... Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in 'Game of Thrones'.

Michael Idato A list of nominations in key categories.

Surprise snubs

'The Good Wife' not good enough as Emmy Award nominations reveal surprise snubs

This image released by HBO shows Natalie Dormer, left, Jack Gleeson, Peter Dinklage, right in a scene from

Michael Idato This year's list of nominees is notable not for who appears in it, but who does not.

Sharknado 2

Sharknado 2 trailer: Is sequel greed or genius?

Sharknado 2.

Michael Idato Sharknado 2: The Second One could be either tele-cinema's finest hour or the end of civilisation as we know it.

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Exclusive interview

Halle Berry stars in new TV drama Extant

Halle Berry in Extant.

Michael Idato With the mesmerising manner of an old-school film star, Halle Berry seems the very personification of the dramatic migration to TV.


Everybody needs good Neighbours, even Hulu in America

Paula Abdul had a recent guest spot on <i>Neighbours</i>.

Michael Idato The long-running soap opera Neighbours is emigrating to the US, as part of a deal stitched up between the television production studio Fremantle and the US online TV portal Hulu.

BBC leak

Five Doctor Who scripts leaked online in BBC major security breach

Peter Capaldi as Doctor Who, with Jenna Coleman.

Michael Idato Five scripts from the upcoming season of the iconic British science fiction series Doctor Who have surfaced online.

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Modern Family home sells for more than $2 million

Actress Sofia Vergara speaks during the announcements for the nominations for the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards in the Beverly Hills, California, December 15, 2011. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)

Michael Idato The television home of Modern Family's Phil and Clare has sold for US$2.15 million ($A2.29 million).

Hamish and Andy having a ball

Hamish and Andy

Michael Idato There is no doubt Hamish Blake and Andy Lee are having an awfully good time making Hamish & Andy's Gap Year: South America.


The Voice Kids loses moral ground over Romy rejection

Voice teen

Michael Idato TV dad and noted philosopher Homer Simpson once described television as a "teacher, mother and secret lover".

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Joan Rivers storms out of CNN interview over 'hostile' questions

Joan Rivers during a CNN interview about her new book and caustic humour.

Michael Idato An interview by CNN journalist Fredericka Whitfield took an unexpected turn at the mention of fur.

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Twitter hacking of Glee stars continues, with Lea Michele pregnant tweet

Glee star Lea Michele is the latest victim of Twitter hacking.

Michael Idato What has the Twitterverse got against Glee? First Chris Colfer was sacked, now Lea Michele pregnant?

Netflix is already giving schedules the flick

Kevin Spacey

Michael Idato For the past year, the headlines have declared it like the approach of the four horsemen: "Netflix is coming."

Holy reunion

Batman and Robin originals Adam West and Burt Ward reunite at Comic-Con

Michael Idato Let's hope they still fit into their tights. The original dynamic duo, Adam West and Burt Ward, who starred as Batman and Robin in the iconic 1960s TV series, will be special guests at Comic-Con in...


Once Upon A Time to star Australian Georgina Haig as Frozen's Elsa

Michael Idato Australian actress Georgina Haig has won one of the most coveted roles in Hollywood, the live action role of Elsa, the snow queen from the Disney blockbuster Frozen.

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