Michael Idato

Michael Idato

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


The Big Bang Theory renewed for three years

Michael Idato Hit comedy The Big Bang Theory has been renewed by US TV network CBS for a further three years.

Charlie Pickering quits as co-host of The Project on Ten Network

Stepping down as co-host of The Project ... comedian Charlie Pickering.

Michael Idato The host of Ten's evening panel show The Project, Charlie Pickering, is stepping down and will finish up next month.

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Lindsay Lohan exploited in guise of therapy


Michael Idato The delicate dance between documentary and reality is a peculiar one for television to navigate.


Damon Herriman as INXS manager Chris Murphy.

Michael Idato The Australian actor has been cast in a new series from the creator of Breaking Bad.

Mindy Kaling hits out at South by Southwest: Where are the women of colour on TV?

Mindy Kaling from the tv show The Mindy Project.

Michael Idato American writer/comedian Mindy Kaling, whose credits include the US adaptation of The Office and her own series, The Mindy Project, has delivered a scathing assessment of the gender and race gap on...

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Andrew Lees joins Australian crew for US pilot season

Andrew Lees

Michael Idato Andrew Lees has added his name to the swelling list of Australian actors skimming the cream from the US pilot season.

Going Gaga

Going Gaga: Look who Grumpy Cat has upstaged at SXSW

Grumpy Cat

Michael Idato Lady Gaga is the festival's hot music ticket, but Julian Assange has had to make way on the main stage for cat video stars.

US version of Rake faces ratings fight to avoid looming cancellation

The likeable loser makes <i>Rake</i> a watchable show.

Michael Idato The US remake of the Australian drama Rake is facing the fight of its life: to lift its audience in the next few weeks or almost certainly be cancelled.

Australian television stars at the controls in US pilots

Damon Herriman.

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.

Film adaptation looks promising

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


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

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.