Michael Idato

Michael Idato

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

Jackie Collins: Tributes flow for woman who defined the 1980s

Michael Idato Her famous friends have paid tribute to the bestselling novelist, who has died, aged 77, from breast cancer.

Box seat

Emmys 2015 preview: will Game of Thrones cruel Mad Men's last chance to win?

Cersei Lannister (Lena Heady) contemplates the fate of Emmy voters after <i>Game of Thrones </i>was snubbed in the costume and hair styling categories.

Michael Idato Our Nic has already been taken out, while Game of Thrones has been snubbed in key craft categories. But it still has a chance to beat Mad Men in the final round.

Matt Damon

Matt Damon talks about The Martian, fame, and why he took a year off

Matt Damon told Ridley Scott he had always wanted to play Robinson Crusoe.

Michael Idato A Ridley Scott blockbuster lured Matt Damon back from self-imposed exile from Hollywood.

A tribute to Ol' Blue Eyes

Review: Alex Gibney's Frank Sinatra documentary delivers it all

Michael Idato Some shows, like Going Clear director Alex Gibney's Frank Sinatra documentary, deliver everything, while others - like The Bachelorette - offer nothing at all.

Why Jamie Lee Curtis loves a good scream

Michael Idato It's no coincidence actress Jamie Lee Curtis headlines the cast of the new horror anthology series Scream Queens.


Disney announces plans to reboot Mary Poppins

Wise words from kids movies

Michael Idato Sacrilegious? Or merely supercalifragilisticexpialidocious?

You get a job

Arnold Schwarzenegger to replace Donald Trump as new host of Celebrity Apprentice

Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger's marriage ended when it was revealed he had secretly fathered a son with the couple's housekeeper, Mildred Baena. Here, the couple are pictured after Schwarzenegger won the California recall election in Los Angeles on October 7, 2003.

Michael Idato The actor, bodybuilder and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has been named as the new host of the US reality television series The Celebrity Apprentice.

The Guide Networking: Foxtel's super series

Jimmy Kimmel Live is to air on the Comedy Channel, Tuesdays to Fridays from September 22.

Michael Idato Supergirl finds an Australian home and Doctor Blake gets two new stars. All this and more this week in TV.

TV Firsts

Top 10 television firsts: The small screen's most shocking milestones

Lieutenant Uhura in <i>Star Trek</i> was one half of what is believed to be the first interracial kiss on TV.

Michael Idato Though its older and grander sibling, film, has historically taken the credit for a raft of social milestones, much of the heavy lifting has been performed by television.

Seen it before TV

TV preview: 800 words all looks very familiar

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Michael Idato Logically, explains ErikThomson in the opening scenes of the new drama series 800 Words (Seven, Tuesday, 7.30pm) the best place to start the story of a new beginning is at the beginning.

Look Who's back: Peter Capaldi returns as The Doctor

Peter Capaldi as the Doctor and Jenna Coleman as Clara in series nine of the 'new' <i>Doctor Who</i>.

Michael Idato For the working actor, a job on a television series such as Doctor Who should be, in principle, no different to any other gig.

Late Show debut

Stephen Colbert's Late Show debut re-writes the playbook for American talk shows

Steven Colbert in his office at the Ed Sullivan Theatre. Colbert will be the second person to host <i>The Late Show</i>, CBS's marquee late-night franchise, succeeding David Letterman, for whom it was created.

Michael Idato Change has been slow to come to America's late night talk establishment, with legends such as Jay Leno and David Letterman hanging on, frankly, years past their use by date.

Networking: Seven scoops Big Bang replays

<i>The Big Bang Theory</i>'s Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco.

Michael Idato The Seven Network has secured the free-to-air rights of the first seven seasons of The Big Bang Theory.

Hack attack

Mr Robot finds a place to call home and gives Christian Slater another go round

Remi Malik is the angst-soaked anti-hero Elliot Alderson in <i>Mr Robot</i>.

Michael Idato Period drama is tried and tested but cybercrime is the winner of these two series dallying with dangerously old-fashioned ideas.

Prestige buy

Australian indigenous TV drama Cleverman sells to US cable channel Sundance


Caption- The Sapphires star Deborah Mailman will visit Shellharbour as part of the council???s NAIDOC celebrations.

Michael Idato As anticipation builds for new drama Cleverman, an American cable network has snapped it up.

Shiny statues

Aussie producer David Hill considers multiple Oscar hosts, and promises to keep an eye on the clock

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the Golden Globes.

Michael Idato Hosting an awards night has historically been a poisoned chalice. Will Australian David Hill deliver?

Hot Girls Wanted documents how young women are recruited into the porn business

Impulse decisions govern the lives of the aspiring porn stars in <i>Hot Girls Wanted</i>.

Michael Idato A documentary looking at why young women are pouring into the porn industry finds they are driven not by destitution but desperation for freedom, fame and fortune.

Vera Farmiga has a complex relationship with her on-screen son Norman in Bates Motel

Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga in the <i>Psycho</i> prequel <i>Bates Motel</i>.

Michael Idato A mother-son relationship is at the heart of this Psycho prequel.

Big Bang's big move

Nine to lose free to air TV rights to The Big Bang Theory to Seven

Sheldon Cooper, lead character of <i>The Big Bang Theory</i>.

Michael Idato Which is really bad news for Channel Nine's programming.

Networking: Bindi Irwin to dance with stars; Peter Brock telemovie on way

Deborah Mailman and Elizabeth Wymarra in <i>Black Comedy</i>'s The Housewives of Naorromine.

Michael Idato The latest comings, goings and new shows in the Australian TV industry.