Michael Idato

Michael Idato

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

Actress Rose McIver reveals how she devours human brains in iZombie

Michael Idato The star of iZombie, Rose McIver, talks about her appetite for grey matter.

Tim Kring on the resurrection of Heroes Reborn

Judith Shekoni (left) as Joanne Collins and Zachary Levi as Luke Collins in <i>Heroes Reborn</i>.

Michael Idato A rare reprieve sees new and old heroes on the screen.

Emmy Awards ratings: cable TV takes the glory, but free-to-air is left with the bill

Peter Dinklage, winner of the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for <i>Game of Thrones</i>.

Michael Idato Few things underscore the challenge which faces TV's annual night of nights than the fact that almost all of the honoured shows do not air on US free-to-air networks.

Winners and losers

Emmys Winners 2015: Game of Thrones wins top award, Transparent cleans up

Jon Snow almost came a cropper in an epic battle sequence in week's Game of Thrones.

Michael Idato Emmy voters have been reluctant to award Game of Thrones in the past. That changed.

10 things you need to know about the season premiere of Doctor Who

Michelle Gomez as Missy, Peter Capaldi as The Doctor and Jenna Coleman as Clara

Michael Idato Classic Doctor Who and textbook Steven Moffat combined for the new series of Doctor Who – here are 10 things every fan needs to know.

Networking: Wentworth and Deadline Gallipoli win big

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Michael Idato A new boss for ITV Australia and awards for two of our favourite dramas, it's been a big week for television, reports Michael Idato.

Who dares, wins

Doctor Who review: Season 9 episode 1 The Magician's Apprentice

Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman in Doctor Who


Michael Idato The big questions at the heart of Doctor Who just got bigger with a staggering return to form.

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Jackie Collins: Tributes flow for woman who defined the 1980s

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 21:  Jackie Collins arrives at a cocktail event to celebrate the launch of her new book, 'Confessions of a Wild Child' on October 21, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

Michael Idato Her famous friends have paid tribute to the bestselling novelist, who has died, aged 77, from breast cancer.

Box seat

Emmys 2015 preview: will Game of Thrones cruel Mad Men's last chance to win?

Cersei Lannister (Lena Heady) contemplates the fate of Emmy voters after <i>Game of Thrones </i>was snubbed in the costume and hair styling categories.

Michael Idato Our Nic has already been taken out, while Game of Thrones has been snubbed in key craft categories. But it still has a chance to beat Mad Men in the final round.

A tribute to Ol' Blue Eyes

Review: Alex Gibney's Frank Sinatra documentary delivers it all

Michael Idato Some shows, like Going Clear director Alex Gibney's Frank Sinatra documentary, deliver everything, while others - like The Bachelorette - offer nothing at all.

Matt Damon

Matt Damon talks about The Martian, fame, and why he took a year off

Matt Damon told Ridley Scott he had always wanted to play Robinson Crusoe.

Michael Idato A Ridley Scott blockbuster lured Matt Damon back from self-imposed exile from Hollywood.

Why Jamie Lee Curtis loves a good scream

Michael Idato It's no coincidence actress Jamie Lee Curtis headlines the cast of the new horror anthology series Scream Queens.


Disney announces plans to reboot Mary Poppins

Wise words from kids movies

Michael Idato Sacrilegious? Or merely supercalifragilisticexpialidocious?

You get a job

Arnold Schwarzenegger to replace Donald Trump as new host of Celebrity Apprentice

Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger's marriage ended when it was revealed he had secretly fathered a son with the couple's housekeeper, Mildred Baena. Here, the couple are pictured after Schwarzenegger won the California recall election in Los Angeles on October 7, 2003.

Michael Idato The actor, bodybuilder and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has been named as the new host of the US reality television series The Celebrity Apprentice.

The Guide Networking: Foxtel's super series

Jimmy Kimmel Live is to air on the Comedy Channel, Tuesdays to Fridays from September 22.

Michael Idato Supergirl finds an Australian home and Doctor Blake gets two new stars. All this and more this week in TV.

TV Firsts

Top 10 television firsts: The small screen's most shocking milestones

Lieutenant Uhura in <i>Star Trek</i> was one half of what is believed to be the first interracial kiss on TV.

Michael Idato Though its older and grander sibling, film, has historically taken the credit for a raft of social milestones, much of the heavy lifting has been performed by television.

Seen it before TV

TV preview: 800 words all looks very familiar

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Michael Idato Logically, explains ErikThomson in the opening scenes of the new drama series 800 Words (Seven, Tuesday, 7.30pm) the best place to start the story of a new beginning is at the beginning.

Look Who's back: Peter Capaldi returns as The Doctor

Peter Capaldi as the Doctor and Jenna Coleman as Clara in series nine of the 'new' <i>Doctor Who</i>.

Michael Idato For the working actor, a job on a television series such as Doctor Who should be, in principle, no different to any other gig.

Late Show debut

Stephen Colbert's Late Show debut re-writes the playbook for American talk shows

Steven Colbert in his office at the Ed Sullivan Theatre. Colbert will be the second person to host <i>The Late Show</i>, CBS's marquee late-night franchise, succeeding David Letterman, for whom it was created.

Michael Idato Change has been slow to come to America's late night talk establishment, with legends such as Jay Leno and David Letterman hanging on, frankly, years past their use by date.

Networking: Seven scoops Big Bang replays

<i>The Big Bang Theory</i>'s Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco.

Michael Idato The Seven Network has secured the free-to-air rights of the first seven seasons of The Big Bang Theory.