Michael Idato

Michael Idato

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

Fashion Police

Fashion Police: Kathy Griffin to replace Joan Rivers

Michael Idato The comedian Kathy Griffin will join the US celebrity style series Fashion Police, replacing her friend and mentor, the late Joan Rivers.

Revolution

Television's game-changing moment has come: Netflix enters the fray

Kevin Spacey

Michael Idato Whatever happens, the line in the sand has been drawn. The first quarter of 2015 will usher in two new major competitors in Australia's historically noncompetitive TV space.

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Grey's Anatomy feud

Katherine Heigl sorry about Shonda Rhimes' 'crappy impression' over Grey's Anatomy feud

Katherine Heigl

Michael Idato American actress Katherine Heigl has declared she is still a fan of producer Shonda Rhimes despite the war of words between the pair which has become one of Hollywood's biggest feuds.

American breakfast war

Sacked Today boss accused of Survivor-style gamesmanship in American breakfast war

Michael Idato The fractured world of America's breakfast television world has been laid bare in the wake of the sacking of the newly anointed Today show boss after just 78 days in the job.

Passing of a legend

Glen A Larson, producer of Battlestar Galactica, dies aged 77

TV star: Glen A Larson, the man behind a slew of popular programs.

Michael Idato One of the most influential American television producers of all time, Glen A. Larson, has died.

Newsy tidbits from the TV world - Networking

Ever popular: Downton Abbey on Seven.

Michael Idato Tidbits from the TV world

Netflix challenger

Australian streaming service Stan signs deal with MGM and secures Fargo

Whether named Stan or StreamCo it's coming for Netflix.

Michael Idato The deal delivers Stan streaming rights to the critically-acclaimed US drama Fargo and movies including The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, 21 Jump Street and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

HBO medical comedy Getting On finding its voice in second season

Striking a balance: Laurie Metcalf as Dr Jenna James in HBO's <i>Getting On</i>.

Michael Idato The medical comedy genre can be something of a contradiction in terms, attempting, as it does, to mine a difficult situation for laughs.

Royal return

Helen Mirren may reprise Queen Elizabeth role in The Crown

Majestic: Helen Mirren in a scene from <em>The Queen</em>.

Michael Idato A new television biography of Queen Elizabeth II from the producer of the critically acclaimed film The Queen is fuelling speculation that Helen Mirren may return to play the reigning British monarch...

Ash Vs. Evil Dead

The Evil Dead to be adapted for television

Coming to TV: <i>The Evil Dead</i>.

Michael Idato The iconic horror film franchise The Evil Dead is being developed for the small screen.

'Maybe I'll get another idea'

West Wing and The Newsroom producer Aaron Sorkin quits television

Sorkin:

Michael Idato The perfectionist behind some critically acclaimed television programs says he can't see another series in his future.

Lowest ratings yet

Downton Abbey's weaker fifth season monitored carefully by US, Australia

Soft finish: <i>Downton</i> stars Elizabeth McGovern and Richard E. Grant.

Michael Idato The latest season delivered its lowest ratings yet, but Downton will return for a sixth series.

Tell me how to get to...

Sesame Street turns 45: Vampires, cookies and muppets, oh my!

The <i>Sesame Street</i> gang has been on air 45 years.

Michael Idato The television series, which famously launched the much-loved Muppets, was created in 1969 and is celebrating its 45th birthday.

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Box office gold

Marvel's Big Hero 6 powers to box office success, beats Interstellar

Big Hero 6

Michael Idato Has Disney stumbled across the secret recipe for box office gold? The studio's new superhero ensemble has powered into a huge box office opening weekend.

New job?

Pippa Middleton being courted by NBC for job as correspondent

Pippa Middleton.

Michael Idato The US network is filming a test shoot with the 31-year-old sister of the Duchess of Cambridge in Utah and - if the network's bosses are happy - is planning to hire her.

Will Arnett finds magic in The Millers

 Stepping up: Will Arnett (Nathan) and Margo Martindale (Carol) make an outrageous pair in <i>The Millers</i>.

Michael Idato Will Arnett finds insecurity is great fuel for comedy.

Will Arnett

Divorce comedy The Millers follows the steps of a fighting family's awkward dance

Michael Idato Bold screenwriter Greg Garcia candidly confronts the questions posed when real families interact.

Networking: Neil Patrick Harris to get own TV show

After successful hosting turns at the Emmy and Tony Awards, Neil Patrick Harris is to front his own TV variety show.

Michael Idato New faces and old led the charge at the star-studded Foxtel 2015 Upfronts in Sydney last Thursday as the subscription service unveiled its plans for the new year.

Musical stayer

Phantom of the Opera: Two new TV versions planned

Anthony Warlow

Michael Idato It may have recently been overtaken by The Lion King in Broadway box office, but the iconic story of The Phantom of the Opera is proving it still has some staying power in television.