Michael Idato

Michael Idato

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

Television channels to send robots to the moon

Michael Idato The manned moon landing of 1969 was one of the biggest news events in modern history with just a handful of grainy television images to illustrate it.

Park Bench

Is Steve Buscemi trying to be Jerry Seinfeld?

Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson in 'Boardwalk Empire'.

Michael Idato The Boardwalk Empire star is branching into the realm of the celebrity interviewer.

Rare win

Breaking Bad's second time among Peabody award winners

Breaking Bad

Michael Idato House of Cards, Orange Is the New Black and Broadchurch are among this year's Peabody award winners.

Ratings boon

Resurrection and the rebirth of TV mystery


Michael Idato A little boy returns to his home town 32 years after he died with no apparent explanation. That mystery, along with the spiritual questions it seems to ask of a small community grappling with shock,...


Rake remake ends US run with a whimper

No get out of jail free card this time ... US remake of <i>Rake</i> starring Greg Kinnear has flopped.

Michael Idato The first season of the US remake of Rake will finish this weekend with no official decision about its future.

Cooking books

Ex-MasterChef Aaron Thomas accused of embezzlement


Michael Idato Aaron Thomas, a 26-year-old former contestant on MasterChef Australia, has been accused of embezzling more than $US7 million ($7.


Ten's only goal now is survival

Claudia karvan as Judy Vickers in Puberty Blues.

Michael Idato In the cruel and unforgiving world of television ratings, the perception of Channel Ten as a network struggling to keep its head above water has almost become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

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Hollywood and religion in Ray Donovan

Hollywood and religion in Ray Donovan (Thumbnail)Click to play video

Michael Idato Jon Voight and Paula Malcomson preview what's to come in the second season of Ray Donovan.

Race for Gold

Can Asher Keddie win a second Gold Logie?

Golden girl Asher Keddie gets Gold Logie nod once again for her role in <i>Offspring</i> with Matt Lenevez.

Michael Idato Australia's favourite actress, Asher Keddie, is the one to beat as high-profile television personalities line up in the annual race for gold: television's biggest prize, the Gold Logie.


Logies 2014: ABC, Foxtel lead drama nominations

TV Paper Giants

Michael Idato Australia's public broadcasters and Foxtel have carved off the lion's share of Logie drama nominations.

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Australian Story to profile Kerry Packer

World Series Cricket backer, Kerry Packer arrives back in Sydney on 13 October 1977. He is pictured at Mascot Airport.
WSC Supertest portrait headshot arrivals 1970s cricket revolution historic black and white hhollins

Michael Idato Behind the fearsome reputation of broadcasting titan and former Nine Network tsar Kerry Packer was a sentimental man the public rarely saw, his former daughter-in-law Jodhi Meares has revealed.


Why Today's Karl Stefanovic embraces potentially being axed

Karl Stefanovic and Sunrise David Koch.

Michael Idato It was the noted author Hunter S. Thompson who wrote that television was a business "uglier than most things".


Lachlan Murdoch's messy legacy at Ten

Lachlan Murdoch.

Michael Idato No matter how the departure of Lachlan Murdoch from Australia's embattled third commercial network for the giddy heights of News Corp is ultimately spun, history will not be kind to his reign as...

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Fox's reality show I Wanna Marry Harry a royal dating trick

Prince Harry in 2014.

Michael Idato The US television network Fox has sent 12 American women to a British stately home in the belief that they are contenders for Prince Harry's hand in marriage.

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Can HBO's True Detective extinguish Netflix threat at the Emmys?

HBO's <i>True Detective</i> starring Matthew McConaughey.

Michael Idato It reads like an episode of Game of Thrones: the elderly monarch seeking to put down an ambitious young claimant to the mantle of sovereign.

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No sex

First look at Fifty Shades of Grey surprisingly tame

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson... Fifty Shades.

Michael Idato It's Hollywood's oldest adage: save your best performance for the camera. This may explain why the US film studio Universal has unveiled a distinctly tame first clip from its highly anticipated...

TV adaptation

SBS secures Coen brothers' Fargo, starring Billy Bob Thornton

<i>Fargo</i> stars Billy Bob Thornton.

Michael Idato The Australian television rights to the highly anticipated television adaptation of the film Fargo have been secured by SBS.


Sam Worthington signs on for high-scale drama in Everest

Sam Worthington.

Michael Idato Australian actor Sam Worthington has joined the cast of the mountainous blockbuster Everest.

Vampire Diaries

Vampire Diaries actor Claire Holt quits spin-off to return home

Claire Holt (far right) takes leave from vampire series <i>The Originals</i>.

Michael Idato It isn't an easy choice for anyone, but Australian actress Claire Holt has revealed she quit the hit The Vampire Diaries spin-off, The Originals, because the time had come to choose family over work.


Outing of MKR's Carly and Tresne: who is pulling the strings?

Carly and Tresne.

Michael Idato The revelation about Carly and Tresne's true relationship while the series is still on air has all the hallmarks of a reality TV twist.

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