Michael Idato

Michael Idato

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

Australian television stars at the controls in US pilots

Michael Idato Every year the Hollywood machine churns out more than 70 drama and comedy pilots, the 'crop' from which television network executives hope to skim the cream.

Aussie actors secure roles in US series' pilots

Indiana Evans.

Michael Idato Every year, the Hollywood machine churns out more than 70 drama and comedy pilots, the crop from which television network executives hope to skim the cream.


Network Ten hires programmer John Stephens to flush competitors

Ten's new gun ... John Stephens, former Channel Seven executive.

Michael Idato The Ten Network has recruited the man who helped guide the Nine and Seven networks to their ratings peak.


Michael Idato Production on Strike Back will be delayed following an injury sustained by Sullivan Stapleton.

Film adaptation looks promising

Michael Idato Ah, the film-to-television adaptation, sometimes they are brilliant, though rarely.

Ellen DeGeneres Oscars selfie a marketing stunt


Michael Idato Before it was officially confirmed, it had already been declared the biggest selfie in history.

Ellen's Oscars 'super-selfie' crashes Twitter: 'Most retweets ever'

Michael Idato It takes a lot to stop Twitter in its tracks.

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Did Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres play it too safe?

'Boring' ... Host Ellen DeGeneres has been criticised early for her lack lustre introduction at the Oscars.

Michael Idato You don't claw your way to the top of the talk show heap without learning a thing or two about the audience.

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Oscar stars prepare for stormy ceremony

Michael Idato Frizzy hair, runny mascara and a damp frock? It is enough to make an Oscar-nominated actress weep.

Weather could rain on Oscars parade


Michael Idato Frizzy hair, runny mascara and a damp frock? It's enough to make an Oscar-nominated actress weep.

Political cameos

Will Michelle Obama's appearance on Parks and Recreation be among the top political cameos?

Michael Idato America's first lady Michelle Obama is to appear in an upcoming episode of the sitcom Parks and Recreation.

Secrets & Lies

Indiana Evans joins Juliette Lewis in US remake of Secrets and Lies

Michael Idato Australian actress Indiana Evans is joining Hollywood stars Ryan Phillippe and Juliette Lewis in the American remake of the Channel Ten drama series Secrets & Lies.


Australian actor Ben Lawson turns his hand to US sexual politics in Damaged Goods comedy

Actor Ben Lawson.

Michael Idato Australian actor Ben Lawson has been cast in a new US comedy series.


Friends no more: Lisa Kudrow loses $1.8m lawsuit


Michael Idato With friends like these, who needs Hollywood?


Australian actor Sullivan Stapleton suffers serious injury in Thailand

Sullivan Stapleton.

Michael Idato Australian actor Sullivan Stapleton has been injured in Thailand.

Amazon throws axed TV drama Ripper Street a lifeline

Matthew Macfadyen (Edmund Reid) in 'Ripper Street.

Michael Idato The US online television platform Amazon Studios has thrown an unexpected lifeline to the British crime drama Ripper Street.


Blue Bloods:Selleck and Wahlberg

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Michael Idato Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg on why they enjoy the challenge of fleshing out the flawed heroes of their Blue Bloods characters.


Michael Idato The Heath Ledger Scholarship rewards the winning aspiring actor with training in the US.

Alec Baldwin to play journalist on Law & Order after damning media

Alec Baldwin will play a 'controversial New York newspaper columnist' in an upcoming episode of <i>Law & Order: Special Victims Unit</i>.

Michael Idato Alec Baldwin may have retired from public life, but he has clearly not retired from showbiz. Just days after announcing he was "done with it", the 55-year-old father of two has confirmed he will...

Friends star Matthew Perry set for Odd Couple reboot

Michael Idato US network CBS has dusted off the iconic sitcom The Odd Couple for a remake which will star former Friends actor Matthew Perry.