Michael Idato

Michael Idato

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

Final season

Mad Men dream ends

Michael Idato As the first half of the final season of Mad Men gets under way, actor Jon Hamm is philosophical about life inside writer/producer Matthew Weiner's sharp-as-a-razor tale of advertising, society and...


Audience steps up in next generation of TV storytelling

Press call for Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular at the Sydney Opera House.
14th December 2012
Photo: Janie Barrett

Michael Idato When curious fans wanted to dig deeper into the television mystery of the hit US series Lost, they turned to the internet and the Australian-produced web spinoff The Dharma Initiative.


Neighbours, Better Man actor Remy Hii cast in Marco Polo blockbuster

Arts diary ... Remy 


Michael Idato Australian actor Remy Hii may not yet be a household name in his native land, but 26-year-old former Neighbours and Better Man star is about to land on Hollywood's biggest platform, the online TV...

New York and LA in tug of love over David Letterman replacement

Michael Idato New York and Los Angeles have always been social rivals, one the epicentre of art, style and culture and the other the global capital of showbiz glamour and Hollywood fame.


TV titans wage war over True Detective

True Detectives?Matthew McConaughey.

Michael Idato The cable channel FX has fired a broadside at rival HBO over its decision to submit the critically acclaimed drama True Detective as a drama series at the Emmys.


Greg Kinnear from <i>Rake</i>.

Michael Idato The first season of the US remake of Rake finished with no decision about its future.


Shark attack survivor Paul de Gelder to front Fearless series

Shark attack victim Paul de Gelder at Collaroy Beach.

Michael Idato Former Australian Navy diver and shark attack survivor Paul de Gelder will front a new television series for Microsoft's Xbox Entertainment Studios.


BAFTA Awards 2014 nominations: Top of the Lake among favourites

Top Of The Lake image.

Michael Idato The critically acclaimed Australian drama Top of the Lake has been nominated for a prestigious BAFTA television award.


ABC wins International Emmy award for #7DaysLater

ABC2 program #7DaysLater wins international Emmy.

Michael Idato Australia's national broadcaster has won an International Emmy award for its experimental comedy series #7DaysLater.

The View

American newscaster Barbara Walters announces her retirement

Revered journalist and television personality Barbara Walters is retiring after a career that spans six decades in the media.

Michael Idato First Leno, then Letterman ... now Barbara?


Benedict Cumberbatch shuns Hollywood for Shakespeare's Richard III

Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock.

Michael Idato A horse, a horse, cried Richard III, my kingdom for a horse. But what price, a Hollywood career?

Pitch perfect

Australian company wins program pitch award at MipTV for Zombie Bootcamp

Zombie Boot Camp

Michael Idato An Australian production company has scored an early win at this year's MipTV television program sales market, winning a coveted "pitching" prize.


Michael Idato The first season of the US remake of Rake finished last week, with no official decision about its future.


Cameron Diaz talks infidelity and The Other Woman

Cameron Diaz - one time use.

Michael Idato Having a real life in the fishbowl of fame is not difficult for multifaceted actor Cameron Diaz, who makes "having it all" look relatively effortless.

ABC political thriller The Code sold to the US

Michael Idato The upcoming ABC drama The Code has been sold to the US market, in a deal clinched before next week's MipTV program sales market in Cannes, France.

Super Mulvey

Batman vs Superman enlists Underbelly actor Callan Mulvey

Callan Mulvey.

Michael Idato Best known for his turn as Mark Moran in the first season of Underbelly, Callan Mulvey has scored a role in the eagerly anticipated DC Comics supermatch.


Chicago Fire actor Jesse Spencer in a real-life drama

Michael Idato Life imitated art for Australian actor Jesse Spencer earlier this week when he and his parents had to be rescued by the fire department from a trapped elevator.

Television channels to send robots to the moon

Michael Idato The manned moon landing of 1969 was one of the biggest news events in modern history with just a handful of grainy television images to illustrate it.

Park Bench

Is Steve Buscemi trying to be Jerry Seinfeld?

Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson in 'Boardwalk Empire'.

Michael Idato The Boardwalk Empire star is branching into the realm of the celebrity interviewer.

Rare win

Breaking Bad's second time among Peabody award winners

Breaking Bad

Michael Idato House of Cards, Orange Is the New Black and Broadchurch are among this year's Peabody award winners.