Michael Idato

Michael Idato

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


Star Trek actor Zachary Quinto joins US remake of the Oz drama The Slap

Michael Idato The latest actor to join the US remake of the hit Australian miniseries bears some similarities to Alex Dimitriades' Harry.


Broadway stoush over dimming its lights to mark the death of Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers appeared on Broadway three times, the last time in 1994.

Michael Idato It's a tradition to mark the death of a stage veteran, such as Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall, but not everyone agreed that Rivers qualified.


TV sequel to Spielberg's Minority Report in the works

Michael Idato It's back to the future as Fox commissions a sequel to the Tom Cruise sci-fi hit about police who can see, and stop, crimes before they happen.


Monster TiVo Mega records three years of TV

Game of Thrones

Michael Idato In an era of more channels, more programs and less time to watch them live, the memory capacity of the digital video recorder (DVR) has become one of the key measures of digital TV power.

Joan Rivers gets her final wish as Hollywood comes out to play

Sarah Jessica Parker arrives at the service for Joan Rivers.

Michael Idato Before she died, the comedian Joan Rivers joked that she wanted a red carpet at her funeral.

Networking briefs

US take: David Tennant, who starred in the original <i>Broadchurch</i>, is also starring in the US remake, <i>Gracepoint</i>.

Michael Idato Foxtel will broadcast the US remake of the critically acclaimed UK drama Broadchurch "express from the US" in October.


Aussie Matt Nable lands major role in Arrow

Matt Nable

Michael Idato Australian actor Matt Nable has secured a role in the US television series Arrow, where he will play one of the iconic supervillains in the DC Comics universe.


Doctor Who takes out beheading scene

Peter Capaldi

Michael Idato A scene in which a man is beheaded has been removed from an episode of the new series of Doctor Who on the order of BBC bosses.

Force of nature

Outspoken and opinionated: Joan Rivers dead aged 81

Comedian Joan Rivers: died aged 81.

Michael Idato Comedian Joan Rivers, who was born Joan Alexandra Molinsky, has died, aged 81, after complications arising from a surgical procedure.

Hack Attack

George Clooney to produce, direct Hack Attack, about News Corp phone hacking scandal


Michael Idato The actor's lifelong interest in journalism will now see him have the 'honour' of taking on the global scandal that engulfed Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation.


Fox apologises over Sleepy Hollow season 2's ill-timed 'headless' campaign

Tom Mison as Ichabod Crane in <i>Sleepy Hollow</i>.

Michael Idato The US studio 20th Century Fox has been forced to pull a promotional media campaign for its horror TV series Sleepy Hollow.

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Breaking Bad piracy soars in wake of Emmys: research

Bryan Cranston.

Michael Idato Winning the Emmy Award for outstanding drama series this year was a final glorious bow for Breaking Bad, one of the most critically acclaimed television dramas of all time.


HBO commissions new Flight of the Conchords series

Return flight: The Conchords are back with a new HBO series.

Michael Idato US cable network HBO has commissioned a new television project from Kiwi comedy duo Flight of the Conchords.

Tax deal

Pirates of the Caribbean 5 likely to be filmed in Queensland after federal government tax break

Popular and highly profitable Disney character ... Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow could soon be sailing in Queensland waters.

Michael Idato A tax incentive deal worth $US20.2 million has been finalised with Hollywood's Disney studio which ensures the fifth instalment of the lucrative Pirates of the Caribbean franchise could be filmed in...

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Television networking news

Alex Dimitriades

Michael Idato Alex Dimitriades heads The Principal, Penny Win heads drama, Anderson Cooper comics, Ashton Kutcher does well, and more.


Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox and Lisa Kudrow participate in Friends reunion on Jimmy Kimmel Live


Michael Idato If it was an episode of Friends, they would have called it 'The One With The Friends Reunion'.

Joan Rivers in hospital after she stopped breathing during surgery

Rushed to hospital: Joan Rivers.

Michael Idato Joan Rivers, the brilliant but acerbic US stand-up comic who blazed a trail for female comedians, suffered a heart attack and stopped breathing during a surgical procedure on her throat at a clinic...


Friends anniversary: pop-up Central Perk cafe to open in New York

The cast of <i>Friends</i>.

Michael Idato US studio Warner Bros will mark the 20th anniversary of the TV comedy Friends by opening a real-world version of the show's iconic, but fictitious, coffee house Central Perk.


Cops TV show crew member killed by friendly fire

Killed ... Bryce Dion.

Michael Idato A crew member for the TV show Cops died after he was shot by friendly fire while filming an episode for the long-running reality series in Omaha, Nebraska.

Liev Schreiber juggles acting, directing in Ray Donovan

Hollywood fix-it man: Liev Schreiber in <i>Ray Donovan.</i>

Michael Idato For the 46-year-old San Francisco-born actor Liev Schreiber the role of Hollywood "fix-it man" Ray Donovan is delivered with effortless brilliance.