Michael Idato

Michael Idato

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

Networking: Audiences want more of Josh Thomas, Please!

Michael Idato A third season of ABC comedy Please Like Me is now filming; MasterChef triumphs over ratings rivals and streaming service Stan commissions its first local series.

Wayward Pines focuses on small-town horror

Matt Dillon (right) and Terrence Howard in <i>Wayward Pines</i>.

Michael Idato At first glance, the new M. Night Shyamalan television drama Wayward Pines puts one in the mind of Twin Peaks.

Fonda and Tomlin face life's unexpected twists

Jane Fonda (left) and Lily Tomlin in <i>Grace and Frankie</i>.

Michael Idato You only need mention the two names - Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin - and expectations of the new Netflix comedy Grace and Frankie are shaped.

'Why did it have to be me?'

Logies 2015: Julia Morris live TV gaffe earns laughter, praise

Julia Morris arrives at the 57th Annual Logie Awards in Melbourne.

Michael Idato Last night the television actress and comedian Julia Morris managed to make a spectacular gaffe and still come up a winner.

Networking: New drama set in world where humans are no longer No. 1

Iain Glen who will appear in the new drama <i>Cleverman</i>.

Michael Idato The ABC has commissioned a high-concept genre drama titled Cleverman, about a group of "non-humans, battling for survival. 

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Logies 2015: Carrie Bickmore claims Gold Logie

Carrie Bickmore with her Gold Logie.

Michael Idato For some, the biggest race of the night is the popularity contest which crowns someone the 'most popular' personality on Australian TV.

Form guide

Logies 2015: Who should win on Australian TV's big night?

Can <i>The Block</i>'s Scott Cam win his second consecutive Gold Logie?

Michael Idato Much of the competition is on the red carpet, but some of it is still left on the stage.

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Stan is first streaming service in Australia to commission local series with No Activity

Patrick Brammall.

Michael Idato The streaming television platform Stan has commissioned its first local production, a comedy series from the creators of the critically acclaimed series A Moody Christmas.

The Jinx: a twisting, turning and disturbing tale

Michael Idato A documentary series about a wealthy accused murderer captivated American audiences.

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The Partridge Family actress Suzanne Crough dead at 52 in Nevada home

Suzanne Crough starred as Tracy Partridge in <i>The Partridge Family</i> (pictured as youngest girl with long hair).

Michael Idato Suzanne Crough, who played the youngest daughter in the iconic '70s sitcom, The Partridge Family, has died.

Sam Frost returns to reality television in The Bachelorette

Looking for love: Sam Frost will star in <i>The Bachelorette</i>.

Michael Idato It is one of the peculiarities of reality television that even when a show fails to deliver on its promise, it can live to fight another day.

'Catch him before he's gone'

X-Men: Apocalypse: Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler picture leaks

Michael Idato Thanks to his indigo-coloured skin, the superhero Nightcrawler is almost impossible to spot in the shadows.

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Award winners

Daytime Emmys 2015: Days of Our Lives and Young and The Restless tie

Michael Idato Old favourites The Young and The Restless and Days of our Lives have tied for best drama at the 42nd annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

X-wing and a prayer

Star Wars superfans send X-Wing into space in audacious bid for tickets to The Force Awakens premiere

Star Wars superfans angling for tickets to the premiere ... Phil St Pier, left, and Matt Kingsnorth tell Twitter about their X-wing space launch.

Michael Idato Two fans have launched an audacious plan to get themselves invited to the premiere of the new Star Wars film, by sending an X-Wing starfighter into space.

Nervous wait

Hugh Sheridan heads to Nepal to join search for brother Zachary

Michael Idato The former Packed to the Rafters star was optimistic that his brother was "alive and stuck".

Networking: Aussies sign on for Netflix series

Kermit the Frog is poised to leap back into our lives.

Michael Idato The upcoming Netflix series Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones has added to its Australian cast.

Outlander and Game of Thrones strive for authenticity

Michael Idato Outlander producers have gone to great lengths to recreate 18th Scotland and reflect the text of Diana Gabaldon's novels – in the process opening up a whole new audience for her stories.

Fuller House: Netflix confirms it will revive the '80s sitcom Full House

The less <i>Full House</i>: Most of the original cast will return for the Netflix reboot.

Michael Idato In the opening episode, Stephanie Tanner and Kimmy Gibbler will move in with DJ to help her manage her growing family.

Roseanne Barr reveals she is suffering from a condition that will leave her blind

Michael Idato 'My vision is closing in now', the US comedian says, adding she's using marijuana to ease the discomfort.

Australia dramas and actors storm into the Monte Carlo TV Festival

 Jonathan LaPaglia has been nominated for a Golden Nymph for his work on <i>Love Child</i>.

Michael Idato Three home grown dramas - Ten's Secrets & Lies, Nine's Love Child and the ABC drama Anzac Girls - have been nominated for awards at the prestigious festival.