Michael Idato

Michael Idato

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

Superhero stars

Supergirl set to soar as US goes comic-book mad

Michael Idato One of the most iconic female superheroes of all time, Supergirl, is set to soar in her own television series.

Farewell to a star

Elaine Lee, the 'charming, funny and delightfully sexy' Number 96 star, has died aged 75

Elaine Lee, pictured left, with David Sale and Sheila Kennelly.

Michael Idato Elaine Lee, the 1970s-era sex symbol and star of the iconic soap Number 96, has died, aged 75.

Hollywood competition

California launches bid to claw back 'runaway' film production from Australia and elsewhere

A trail runs beside the iconic Hollywood sign in Hollywood, California on January 18, 2012 in California, where police found a human hand near where a pair of dog walkers found a gruesome severed head, on a hiking trail leading up to the iconic Hollywood sign, a spokesman said. The hand was found after police sealed off the area overnight following the discovery of the head, reported to be that of a male in his 40s, on a trail in the Hollywood hills.. AFP PHOTO / Frederic J. BROWN

Michael Idato The state of California has declared war on rival states and countries which have used tax incentives to lure Hollywood's production away from its global capital.

Homegrown talent

Greg Coote, Anthony LaPaglia, Margot Robbie among Australians honoured in Hollywood

Michael Idato Australian producer Greg Coote will get a posthumous honour at the Australian in Film Awards in Hollywood, along with Anthony LaPaglia, Margot Robbie and others.

The ultimate game show

Reality TV titans to join forces on new 'genius game show' 500 Questions

Survivor's Mark Burnett says the new series will have

Michael Idato What happens when you combine the creativity of Survivor's Mark Burnett and American Idol's Mike Darnell for a 'huge game show event'?

Charlie Hunnam talks about letting go of Sons of Anarchy and Jax Teller

The boss: Charlie Hunnam as Jax Teller in Sons Of Anarchy.

Michael Idato Charlie Hunnam admits he's had one of the greatest experiences of his life playing the bikie boss Jax Teller. Michael Idato asked how he'll feel to say good bye to the character.

Danger 5

SBS delays comedy series Danger 5 because of concerns over sensitive content

Danger 5

Michael Idato The second season of the cult comedy series is on pause, due to a connection with the "recent ISIS actions" in which two journalists were beheaded in Iraq.

Look at moi

Kath & Kim on Hulu in the US after remake failed

US opportunity: Renamed The Original Kath & Kim, the classic Australian comedy is streaming on Hulu in the US.

Michael Idato The slightly offbeat suburban spirit of the show didn't make the jump with the US remake. Now the first four seasons of the iconic comedy show are available there online.


The Simpsons crossover episode starring ... The Simpsons

Sketchy: The original incarnation of <em>The Simpsons</em> was very different from the modern version.

Michael Idato It will be remembered as the year of the TV crossover: Futurama on The Simpsons, The Simpsons on Family Guy.


New US TV shows failing to create social media 'buzz'

<i>Contantine</i>: one of the shows with buzz that also has comic book connections.

Michael Idato There's little social media noise about the new season of programs and personalities, according to a new measurement.

Robin Williams

SBS to screen last interview with Robin Williams

Robin Williams.

Michael Idato The last interview given by comedian Robin Williams before he took his life last month will feature in a new documentary from America's public broadcaster, PBS.

Former MasterChef contestant Aaron Thomas has $7.6m embezzlement claims dropped

Aaron Thomas: Was accused of embezzling more than $US7 million.

Michael Idato Aaron Thomas, the 26-year-old former contestant on MasterChef Australia, who was accused of embezzling more than $US7 million ($7.6 million) from his own company, has had the allegations dismissed.


Joan Rivers' final performance: two episodes of the new Celebrity Apprentice

Michael Idato The iconic comedian still has at least one major TV performance to deliver.


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.