Michael Idato

Michael Idato

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

Prisoner X series on the way

Michael Idato Life and death of Australian-born alleged Mossad agent Ben Zygier to become TV series.

Thriller on a slow boil

Michael Idato The script of a new drama True Detective sketches the finest shades of serial-killer cinema.

Keeping the Girls credible

Alex Karpovsky in Girls


Michael Idato Alex Karpovsky feared Lena Dunham's runaway hit Girls was too ''raw'' to succeed. He's happy that he got it wrong.

Can our Rake survive the US culture

Greg Kinnear in the US version of Rake.

Michael Idato Flamboyant barrister Cleaver Greene, played by Richard Roxburgh, has cut a rough swath through clients, girlfriends and court cases for the past four years on Australian television.

Emma Thompson

In pursuit of Mary Poppins

Emma Thompson in <i>Saving Mr Banks</i>.

Michael Idato As she brings Australian author P. L. Travers to the screen, Emma Thompson goes searching for a new kind of heroism.

Career coup

Former Channel Ten correspondent Hamish Macdonald signs with US network ABC


Michael Idato Former Ten Network chief foreign correspondent Hamish Macdonald has signed a contract with the US network ABC.

The drama continues for 2014


Michael Idato More screens and more Australian content promise a fiercely competitive year in Australian television.

New series no joking matter

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Michael Idato Karl Pilkington, the 'idiot abroad', ponders life's big questions in The Moaning of Life.

Humphrey B. Bear on backburner


Michael Idato It appears the cuddly mute has become a casualty of progress, promting fury on social media.


New Year's Eve fireworks lure viewers to ABC

The telecast of Sydney's New Year's Eve fireworks display drew solid numbers for the national broadcaster.

Michael Idato As millions gathered around Sydney's harbour foreshore, Melbourne's Yarra River and other community and town centres across Australia to see in the New Year with fireworks displays, almost 1.

Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad named the most pirated shows of 2013

Game of Thrones

Michael Idato In a year that reset the technological goalposts for television viewing, it seems curious that many people still elected to break the law.

Tale of Israel's Prisoner X Ben Zygier is headed to television

Ben Zygier.

Michael Idato The life and dramatic death of the Australian-born alleged Mossad agent Ben Zygier is set to become a television series.

Prisoner X

TV series on life of Mossad agent Ben Zygier

Ben Zygier

Michael Idato The life and dramatic death of Australian-born Mossad agent Ben Zygier is to become a television series.

Dr Who Christmas special reviewed

Dr Who Christmas special

Michael Idato SPOILER ALERT: It wouldn't be Doctor Who without silly situations, grandiose dialogue, spills, chills and lots of Daleks.

Judy Davis

Judy Davis to play terrorist's widow in 24 reboot

Judy Davis

Michael Idato Australian actress Judy Davis is joining the reboot of the US action series, 24.

Sailing Again

Gilligan's Island to get movie revival, starring Josh Gad

Gilligan's Island

Michael Idato The long-mooted big-screen reboot of Gilligan's Island could be about to set sail at last, with Book of Mormon star Josh Gad on the tiller.


The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont wants AMC to show him the money

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes in 'The Walking Dead'.

Michael Idato The long-simmering feud between Frank Darabont, who created the hit television adaptation of the zombie-themed graphic novel series The Walking Dead, and the US cable network AMC, has risen to the...


Ashes 2013 ratings win delivers Channel 9 one over Network Ten

The Australian team celebrates victory in the Ashes Test Match.

Michael Idato What was Channel Ten thinking? It was a fool's errand to try and get Channel Nine give up its most valuable rating asset - the cricket.


Michael Idato Netflix has set Valentine's Day, 2014 as the launch date for the second season of House of Cards.

Robocops wrestle with emotions


Michael Idato Almost Human revisits the question - how much machine does it take before man is no longer what he was?