Michael Idato

Michael Idato

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

Why James Spader loves being blacklisted

Michael Idato As the explosive third season of The Blacklist gets underway, FBI profiler Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone) has been framed for a political assassination, a large piece of a slowly forming mosaic...

The librarian returns

Noah Wyle returns to save the world in The Librarians

Noah Wyle in <i>The Librarians</i>.

Michael Idato From saving lives in ER, Noah Wyle is now saving the world, as a quirky librarian with access to the world's secrets. And there's more change to come, the actor says.

Star Trek explores next frontier with new television and streaming series

The original <i>Star Trek</i> pairing of William Shatner with Leonard Nimoy

Michael Idato The iconic science fiction franchise Star Trek will go boldly once more.

Blindspot and American Horror Story: can the formulaic triumph over the edgy?

The small screen is barely big enough to contain Lady Gaga in <i>American Horror Story: Hotel</i>.

Michael Idato Even in the so-called golden age of television, well-made formulaic television can pack a punch.

Nathan Fillion on why Castle still stands

L-R Nathan Fillion (Rick Castle) Stana Katic (Detective Kate Beckett) Tamala Jones (medical examiner Lanie Parish) and Jon Huertas (Detective Javier Esposito) in a scene from <i>Castle</i>.

Michael Idato Eight seasons in, Nathan Fillion is as surprised - and delighted - as anyone that Castle is still going as strong as ever.

William Shatner jibe reignites Star Trek vs Star Wars debate

William Shatner was in typically fine form on Twitter.

Michael Idato Few feuds in Hollywood are as old, and as poisonous as Star Trek vs Star Wars.

Horror icon returns

Ash returns to fight the evil dead once more, and it's all thanks to the fans

A Deadite plague threatens to destroy mankind in <i>Ash vs Evil Dead</i>.

Michael Idato It's back to the chainsaw for Bruce Campbell.

A galaxy of rumours

Star Wars: 11 plot theories from The Force Awakens debated and rated

The poster for the movie, which is out in December.

Michael Idato Jedis and Sith Lords and Death Stars, oh my!

The Walking Dead have miles to go, says producer Greg Nicotero

Filming the series every week is like doing a movie, says its producer.

Michael Idato Producer Greg Nicotero talks about the boom in the zombie genre and competing with 'Game of Thrones'.

Z Nation keeps zombies fresh

Z Nation and the art of keeping zombies fresh

<i>Z Nation</i> unashamedly plays up the schlock factor.

Michael Idato The producers of this fast-paced zombie drama love to keep the audience guessing.

News, gossip and more

Networking: Supergirl soars into action

Melissa Benoist has the title role in <i>Supergirl</i>.

Michael Idato A round-up of television industry news.

Ratings winner

Supergirl soars: new US series delivers biggest ratings for new TV season

Melissa Benoist as the title character.

Michael Idato As you might expect from a girl who knows how to fly, she is off to a soaring start.

Out in force

Elizabeth Debicki among Australian talent honoured at star-studded Hollywood gala

Honoured: Elizabeth Debicki at the Australians in Film Benefit and Gala.

Michael Idato With the Oscars still some way off, Australia has got off to a fashionably early start on Hollywood's awards season.

TV reviews: The Beautiful Lie embraces Anna Karenina with a passion

The Beautiful Lie drew 540,000 viewers for its first episode.

Michael Idato Every now and again (more again in recent years, thank heavens), along comes a show that demands to be regarded with a serious eye.

TV review

TV reviews: The Beautiful Lie embraces Anna Karenina with a passion

Sarah Snook and Benedict Samuel as Skeet and Anna.

Michael Idato Every now and again, along comes a show that demands to be regarded with a serious eye.

Disney's Aladdin the musical soars into Sydney

Adam Jacobs as Broadway's Aladdin.

Michael Idato Behind the glitter and spectacle of the Broadway blockbuster Aladdin is a world of old-fashioned showbiz tricks.

Chris Rock will return to host the Oscars in 2016

Chris Rock last hosted the Academy Awards back in 2005.

Michael Idato Rock previously hosted the Academy Awards in 2005, and will return again next year.

The Limitless possibilities of the small screen

Jake McDorman as Brian Finch in <i>Limitless</i>.

Michael Idato 28-year-old Brian Finch may not be wearing a Lycra suit with a cape, but it is easy to interpret the new television series Limitless through the prism of the superhero genre.

The hard yards are paying off for Sullivan Stapleton

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Michael Idato Sullivan Stapleton is nothing if not confident. And he has good reason to be.

Princess returns

Star Wars' Princess Leia: cinema's greatest action heroine returns to rekindle a love affair

Princess Leia is back.

Michael Idato Three decades later, the young Princess who led a rebellion against oppression, is transformed.