Michael Idato

Michael Idato

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


Emmys preview: Will it be Breaking Bad or House of Cards?

Kevin Spacey v Bryan Cranston.

Michael Idato Today is the 65th annual prime time Emmy Awards, catch our live blog.

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Jessica Mauboy to perform at Emmys' Governor's Ball

Jessica Mauboy.

Michael Idato If you're an emerging Australian artist keen to conquer Hollywood, there are few stages which offer the exposure of American TV's Emmy Awards.

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Kylie Minogue will join the British <i>The Voice</i>.

Michael Idato Kylie Minogue will join will.i.am and Sir Tom Jones in the third series of the British The Voice.

Super Fun

Jacki Weaver to play Rebel Wilson's mum on Super Fun Night


Michael Idato Iconic Australian actress Jacki Weaver is joining the cast of Rebel Wilson's new US comedy, Super Fun Night.


Modern Family to film holiday episode in Australia?

<i>Modern Family</i>, is possibly headed to Australia.

Michael Idato The cast of the US hit comedy series Modern Family is planning to head down under.

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Modern Family to film holiday episode in Australia?

Michael Idato The cast of the US hit comedy series Modern Family is planning to head down under.


Cory Monteith doesn't deserve an Emmys eulogy up for debate

Cory Monteith and James Gandolfini.

Michael Idato There are few things more awkward than an argument over a funeral.

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US critics circle but star Rebel's got it all covered

rebel wilson

Michael Idato It's tough at the top. Just ask Rebel Wilson. In the same week American television critics began to round on her new show, Super Fun Night, with sharp claws out, she has landed on the cover of New...

The Daily Show's Australia and Gun Control's Aftermath story an Emmy Awards winner

Ex-PM John Howard with Daily Show's John Oliver.

Michael Idato Former politicians John Howard, Tim Fischer and Rob Borbidge aren't the first names which spring to mind when you think of TV's annual Emmy Awards.

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'Moving on'

The truth is ... I'm leaving: Hamish Macdonald quits Ten

Hamish Macdonald, host of Channel Ten's <i>The Truth Is</i>, quits.

Michael Idato The Ten Network's high-profile star journalist Hamish Macdonald is set to leave the network.

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Kylie Minogue to be judge on The Voice in UK


Michael Idato Australian pop princess Kylie Minogue has been named as one of the judges of the British version of the global talent franchise, The Voice.

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First Look

America's funniest home videos

King George: George Segal is outstanding.

Michael Idato George Segal plays the granddad in The Goldbergs, and it's worth watching for him alone.


Dangerous ground

Branching out: Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) sees an end to the gang war and expands his operations into Florida in the new series of <i>Boardwalk Empire</i>.

Michael Idato The gangsters are rougher than ever this season.


Charlie Hunnam has been cast in <i>Fifty Shades of Grey</i>.

Michael Idato Charlie Hunnam has been confirmed as the star of the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey.

Lilley show

Jonah Takalua to join Ja'mie King in new Chris Lilley series: sources

Chris Lilley as character Jonah.

Michael Idato The troubled Tongan schoolboy Jonah Takalua looks certain to join spoiled brat schoolgirl Ja'mie King in the ABC's highly anticipated new comedy series from writer/actor Chris Lilley.

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Emmy Awards

Elton John to perform Liberace tribute at Emmy Awards

Sir Elton John.

Michael Idato Elton John is no stranger to a dazzling spectacles and gaudy diamond rings.

Breaking out

Wentworth Miller reveals struggles with suicide

Wentworh Miller.

Michael Idato Prison Break star reveals the struggle over his sexuality pushed him to the brink.


Chris Lilley's new show already a King hit

Writer and actor Chris Lilley as character Ja'mie.

Michael Idato Ja'mie King is a delicious prism through which we can examine the new contemporary Australia, post election.

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Chris Egan, Alan Dale cast in US pilot Dominion

Chris Egan.

Michael Idato It's Summer Bay meets Erinsborough. In Hollywood. And filmed in South Africa.

Is Diana impossible to get right on screen?

Naomi Watts in <i>Diana</i>.

Michael Idato Diana, the British princess who dazzled the world, remains a luminous and elusive figure.

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