Michael Idato

Michael Idato

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

World is watching

NCIS, The Bold and the Beautiful, How I Met Your Mother are world's most watched TV shows

Michael Idato In the race to the top of the ratings ladder, few mantles matter more than 'most watched TV show in the world'.

Oz on top

Australians Frances O'Connor and Anthony Hayes win top acting awards at Monte Carlo TV Festival

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - JUNE 18:  (L-R) Tcheky Karyo and Frances O'Connor attend the closing ceremony of the 55th Monte-Carlo Television Festival on June 18, 2015, in Monaco.  (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Michael Idato Two Australians dominated the action categories in Monte Carlo as the world's most watched TV programs were awarded.

Equal rights

Patricia Arquette on equality, visibility and the 'incredible' reaction to her Oscar speech

Actress Patricia Arquette poses after receiving a

Michael Idato 'A woman told me her boss pulled her in the next morning and gave her a raise,' the Boyhood star says after receiving the Crystal Nymph award in Monte Carlo.

CSI: Cyber enters the 'crime 2.0' world

Michael Idato James Van Der Beek was 'blissfully unaware of the depth of what goes on in the cyber world' before taking on the role of an FBI agent in the latest offering of the popular CSI franchise.

Dinosaurs rule

Jurassic World explodes at box office to set record as biggest ever film opening

Nick Robinson as Zach and Ty Simpkins as Gray in <i>Jurassic World</i>, directed by Colin Trevorrow.

Michael Idato In an age when superheroes rule the big screen, it takes a dinosaur to re-write the box office balance sheet.

Actress Poppy Montgomery leads the Aussie charge at the 55th annual Monte Carlo TV Festival

Australian actress Poppy Montgomery takes to the red carpet at the 55th Monte Carlo Television Festival in Monaco on Saturday.

Michael Idato Australian actress Poppy Montgomery has led the charge for Australia onto the red carpet at the 55th annual Monte Carlo Television Festival.

CSI heads into cyberspace

Patricia Arquette says her new series <i>CSI: Cyber</i> gives her the chance to make a statement about gender.

Michael Idato With an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA award on her mantle, television seems a slightly unlikely place to find the actress Patricia Arquette.

Mad Men farewelled

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Michael Idato The cast of the show and it's creator on how it feels to say goodbye to Mad Men after eight years.

'Dark Matter' shines a light on humanity

<i>Dark Matter</i> explores the story of six characters who wake up on a spacecraft with no memory of their past.

Michael Idato Science fiction is heading back into space with an ambitious new TV series.

Ruby Rose joins the Orange is the New Black crew

Michael Idato Her role in the US prison drama Orange is the New Black is a dream come true for former Foxtel presenter Ruby Rose.

David Duchovny's 60s cop drama Aquarius investigates Charles Manson

David Duchovny plays LAPD sergeant Sam Hodiak in <i>Aquarius</i>.

Michael Idato Before David Duchovny reprises his role in The X-Files, he takes on Charles Manson in 1960s drama Aquarius.

Expanding the Marvel universe

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Michael Idato Stars of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D discuss how the Avengers, Iron Man and Captain America impact their show.

Guy Sebastian gains fifth place for Australia at Eurovision Song Contest

Singer Guy Sebastian rehearses for the 60th annual Eurovision Song Contest.

Michael Idato Guy Sebastian may have conquered Europe's hearts but Antipodean charm alone was not enough to wrest the crown of the 60th annual Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna.

Australia's result

Eurovision 2015: Guy Sebastian 'blown away' by top five result

Guy Sebastian during the final of the 60th annual Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna.

Michael Idato "We were hoping to not finish last because that would have been a bit embarrassing. Top 10 we thought was going to be amazing. To go top five, we're pumped."

Grand final

Eurovision 2015: Sweden's Mans Zelmerlow wins; Australia's Guy Sebastian fifth

Sweden's Mans Zelmerlow.

Michael Idato Australia's hopes of winning the 60th annual Eurovision Song Contest have been dashed at the last, with Sweden storming to the top of the leaderboard and claiming victory.

Recipe for success?

Eurovision final 2015: The winning formula behind Guy Sebastian's Tonight Again

Guy Sebastian at the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna.

Michael Idato Guy Sebastian's Tonight Again is, like most good Eurovision songs, elegantly simple. Musically, lyrically and in terms of staging, it isn't over-baked. And perhaps that is the trick.

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Song choice

Eurovision 2015: The best, the worst and why Guy Sebastian will win votes

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Michael Idato There is a glorious madness to the Eurovision Song Contest, coming off a six decade history which has been largely defined by glittery pantsuits, typically worn by men with unnaturally hairy chests,...

Guy's prediction

'I'm putting my money on Sweden': Guy Sebastian rates the finalists he faces at Eurovision

Australia's Guy Sebastian poses for photographers during a press conference after a rehearsal for the semifinals of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 in Vienna on May 17, 2015. The final of the 60th Eurovision Song Contest 2015 with 27 nations competing takes place on May 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / DIETER NAGL

Michael Idato Guy Sebastian isn't a betting man, but if he was he says he'd back Sweden for the win in the 60th anniversary Eurovision Song Contest.

Second semi-final

Eurovision 2015 second semi-finals: What Guy Sebastian is up against

Hopeful: Monika Kuszynska performs <i>In The Name Of Love</i>.

Michael Idato They say it is never darkest than before the dawn. That might explain why the second semi-final of the 60th annual Eurovision Song Contest was, at times, an unrelenting assault of wind machines,...

'Soft diplomacy'

Eurovision 2015: Inside the politics of the Vienna song contest

Singer Guy Sebastian representing Australia performs during a dress rehearsal for the upcoming 60th annual Eurovision Song Contest In Vienna, Austria, May 20, 2015.

Michael Idato It may sell itself on feathers, wind machines and cheesy songs, but behind the sequins of the Eurovision Song Contest is a complex, carefully managed political game.