Michael Idato

Michael Idato

Michael Idato is a Senior Writer for The Sydney Morning Herald.

New series no joking matter

Michael Idato Karl Pilkington, the 'idiot abroad', ponders life's big questions in The Moaning of Life.

Humphrey B. Bear on backburner


Michael Idato It appears the cuddly mute has become a casualty of progress, promting fury on social media.


New Year's Eve fireworks lure viewers to ABC

The telecast of Sydney's New Year's Eve fireworks display drew solid numbers for the national broadcaster.

Michael Idato As millions gathered around Sydney's harbour foreshore, Melbourne's Yarra River and other community and town centres across Australia to see in the New Year with fireworks displays, almost 1.

Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad named the most pirated shows of 2013

Game of Thrones

Michael Idato In a year that reset the technological goalposts for television viewing, it seems curious that many people still elected to break the law.

Tale of Israel's Prisoner X Ben Zygier is headed to television

Ben Zygier.

Michael Idato The life and dramatic death of the Australian-born alleged Mossad agent Ben Zygier is set to become a television series.

Prisoner X

TV series on life of Mossad agent Ben Zygier

Ben Zygier

Michael Idato The life and dramatic death of Australian-born Mossad agent Ben Zygier is to become a television series.

Dr Who Christmas special reviewed

Dr Who Christmas special

Michael Idato SPOILER ALERT: It wouldn't be Doctor Who without silly situations, grandiose dialogue, spills, chills and lots of Daleks.

Judy Davis

Judy Davis to play terrorist's widow in 24 reboot

Judy Davis

Michael Idato Australian actress Judy Davis is joining the reboot of the US action series, 24.

Sailing Again

Gilligan's Island to get movie revival, starring Josh Gad

Gilligan's Island

Michael Idato The long-mooted big-screen reboot of Gilligan's Island could be about to set sail at last, with Book of Mormon star Josh Gad on the tiller.


The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont wants AMC to show him the money

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes in 'The Walking Dead'.

Michael Idato The long-simmering feud between Frank Darabont, who created the hit television adaptation of the zombie-themed graphic novel series The Walking Dead, and the US cable network AMC, has risen to the...


Ashes 2013 ratings win delivers Channel 9 one over Network Ten

The Australian team celebrates victory in the Ashes Test Match.

Michael Idato What was Channel Ten thinking? It was a fool's errand to try and get Channel Nine give up its most valuable rating asset - the cricket.


Michael Idato Netflix has set Valentine's Day, 2014 as the launch date for the second season of House of Cards.

Robocops wrestle with emotions


Michael Idato Almost Human revisits the question - how much machine does it take before man is no longer what he was?


Ben Affleck initially rejected Batman vs Superman role

Why Ben Affleck didn't want to be Batman.

Michael Idato The big screen’s controversial Batman-to-be, actor Ben Affleck, has revealed he turned down the coveted role in the upcoming blockbuster Batman vs Superman when it was first offered to him.

Adam Zwar's Lowdown to get Wilfred treatment in the US

smaller pic: Adam Zwar.

Michael Idato Australian actor/writer/producer Adam Zwar is building his credential as a Hollywood heavyweight.

Ronan Keating will sing in Postman Pat: The Movie


Michael Idato The X Factor Australia judge Ronan Keating is joining the public service as a postie.

Baz Luhrmann's surprising new project

Baz Luhrmann.

Michael Idato Baz Luhrmann and designer wife Catherine Martin needed a "creative adventure" after The Great Gatsby - and it won't be coming to a cinema near you.


Pay TV can't afford to 'unbundle' shows, says analyst

Emilia Clarke

Michael Idato In a world where pay television and online TV services are demanding an ever-larger slice of your wallet or purse, one complaint rings more loudly than all others: 'Why can't I just buy the channels...

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Royal scandal to rock Downton Abbey Christmas special

Downton Abbey?Lord Grantham?(Hugh Bonneville).

Michael Idato When Downton Abbey's Crawley family sit down to Christmas lunch this year, the meal will have a decidedly royal flavour.

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Superman vs Batman

Superman vs Batman and now Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot

Gal Gadot will play Wonder Woman.

Michael Idato The biggest cinematic double act in decades just turned into a threesome with Wonder Woman – to be played by beauty queen Gal Gadot – joining the fun and games

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