Michael Idato

Michael Idato

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

The challenge of being the real George Hamilton

Michael Idato Actor, icon and tanning advocate, George Hamilton is starring in a new reality series about his incredible life. He tells Michael Idato what it's like to play himself.

Winona Ryder returns for race-charged drama from The Wire's David Simon

Winona Ryder and Oscar Isaac in <i>Show Me a Hero</i>.

Michael Idato Having deconstructed the inner workings of the Baltimore Police Department in the critically exalted drama, The Wire, David Simon is moving into the complexities of politics.

Spoiler alert! Watching what you say about what you watch

Someone who switches on a streaming service may be just starting to view a show like 'House of Cards', starring Kevin Spacey.

Michael Idato There are those who believe that in the new age of streaming services and instant delivery, the once all-powerful "spoiler" - television's kryptonite - would be a thing of the past.

Streaming coup

Friends, The O.C., iZombie to stream on Stan after successful Warner Bros deal

All 236 episodes of <i>Friends</i> will be streamed on Stan.

Michael Idato The streaming television service Stan has signed an output deal with Warner Bros studios.

Networking: Australian stars Ryan Kwanten and Yvonne Strahovski in US pilot

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Michael Idato From two Australians headlining a breakthrough series to a singing diva's new TV role, it's a big week for the small screen

TV reviews: Bitten and Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp

Amy Poehler and Bradley Cooper in <i>Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp</i>.

Michael Idato Plausibility is stretched to the limit when middle-aged actors play teens. Who are television's worst offenders?

Q&A: Why Laura Vandervoort is loving being Bitten

Michael Idato One of the few supernatural series to ever venture a female werewolf, Bitten is breaking new ground. Laura Vandervoort talks with Michael Idato about being TV's first true bitch.

Netflix's algorithm matches content to eyeballs and is rewriting the TV rulebook

Kevin Spacey in hit series <i>House of Cards</i>.

Michael Idato Netflix is tracking what we watch and when, and is learning to predict our tastes. Welcome to television 2.0.

Networking: Todd Lasance takes on a role in The Vampire Diaries

Medowie-raised <i>Home and Away</i> actor Todd Lasance.

Michael Idato Australian actor Todd Lasance is joining the cast of the US drama The Vampire Diaries.

Game of Thrones: at least two more seasons, but there's bad news too...

Emilia Clarke plays Daenerys Targaryen in the hit series.

Michael Idato Game of Thrones fans can look forward to at least two more seasons of the blockbuster fantasy drama.

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Michael Sheen returns to sex it up again

Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan in <i>Masters of Sex</i>.

Michael Idato As man who seemed always to interpret human sexuality through the prism of academia, the world of William Masters shifts radically in the third season of Masters of Sex.

Netflix boss Ted Sarandos forced to defend Adam Sandler deal after box-office flops

String of flops ... Actor Adam Sandler attends the 'Pixels' New York premiere at Regal E-Walk on July 18 in New York City.

Michael Idato Netflix boss Ted Sarandos has been forced to defend the "value" of his company's deal with Hollywood star Adam Sandler in the wake of a string of failures for Sandler at the box office, including...

Caitlyn Jenner reality show I Am Cait debuts: ratings strong, but reviews mixed

Still from I Am Cait trailer.

Michael Idato I Am Cait, the reality "docu-series" starring transgender former decathlete Caitlyn Jenner, has made a strong debut in the US, with an estimated television audience of around three million viewers.

Ed Sheeran turns to acting for new US TV epic The Bastard Executioner

Michael Idato The singer-songwriter is adding the mantle of actor to his growing repertoire.

Networking: Utopian deal coming to Netflix

Celia Pacquola, Luke McGregor and Rob Sitch in <i>Utopia</i>.

Michael Idato The Australian production company Working Dog has sold its critically acclaimed comedy series Utopia to the streaming service Netflix.

Television: Welcome to Sweden and Joanna Lumley's Trans-Siberian Adventure

Michael Idato Sweden and Siberia are the subjects of two charming shows about travelling.

Hints dropped

Revealed: the Star Wars: The Force Awakens micro-spoiler that will make fans of the 1977 original film squeal

Michael Idato Chewy fans are in for a treat if this spoiler is anything to go by.

Is it time?

Former Time Lord Sylvester McCoy says there's no place for a female Doctor Who

Michael Idato McCoy, who played the seventh incarnation of Doctor Who in the 1980s, has told British press that he was "not convinced by the cultural need" for a female Doctor Who.

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Global reach

Netflix buys hit Australian comedy series Utopia from Working Dog

Episodic from Utopia finale


Ep8_2_HWA4860_HRSM Celia Pacquola (Nat) and Rob Sitch (Tony) Photo credit Hwa Goh?Utopia TV Pty Ltd 2014_dda788d5.jpg

Michael Idato The TV series about a fictitious government organisation will now be exposed to a global audience of more than 45 million viewers.

Sharknado 3: Bo Derek ready for the mother of all comebacks

Bo Derek attended the Monte-Carlo Television Festival in June this year.

Michael Idato The '70s siren is making a schlocky comeback - and she can't wait.