Michael Idato

Michael Idato

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

What Isis in a name?

Downton Abbey dog Isis may get cut from the series because of Islamic State

Michael Idato Speculation mounts that Earl's beloved labrador could be headed to that great kennel in the sky because of its unfortunate name.

Archie Comics coming to TV, with a Twin Peaks twist

The Archie gang are coming to the silver screen.

Michael Idato The characters from the iconic American comic book series Archie Comics are moving into TV.

LA gala dinner

Greg Coote, Margot Robbie, Brenton Thwaites recognised at Australians in Film awards

Actress Margot Robbie.

Michael Idato Pioneering producer Greg Coote, and actors Margot Robbie, Brenton Thwaites and Anthony LaPaglia have been honoured in Los Angeles.

Chasing files in a padded cell?

Top five weirdest TV series showcased at Mipcom

Bizarre offerings: Inside Mipcom in Cannes, France.

Michael Idato Oddball formats suggest television program makers are grasping at straws to find ways to keep viewers watching, writes Michael Idato.

Foxtel to the rescue?

New home for A Place to Call Home

Foxtel saves TV drama: <i>A Place to Call Home</i>.

Michael Idato Pay TV platform Foxtel has finalised a deal that will save the Seven Network drama A Place to Call Home.

Has to have X Factor

Simon Cowell says it's a mistake to treat reality TV audiences 'like idiots'

Simon Cowell.

Michael Idato Keeping standards high has led Simon Cowell to success with acts such as One Direction, he says.

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'You’re just selling clicks'

James Murdoch takes swipe at Google over piracy

Television dynasty ... (L-R) Lachlan Murdoch, Rupert Murdoch and James Murdoch, who says consolidation is the future of TV.

Michael Idato James Murdoch's message to the television world was simple: consolidation is the future. But Murdoch saved his loudest and clearest point for the online search giant Google, who he said could do more...

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TV showcase

Mipcom TV market features Jamie Oliver, Gene Simmons, Simon Cowell ... and toilet rolls

Gene Simmons, of Kiss, says his talent show <i>Coliseum</i> will 'open the trap doors of life and get tough'.

Michael Idato Just when you didn't think television could get weirder, along comes The Voice ... with toilet rolls.

'It's too scary for me'

The Walking Dead star Andrew Lincoln is too scared to watch the zombie series

Tough act: Andrew Lincoln says <i>The Walking Dead</i> is 'too scary' for him to watch.

Michael Idato Sometimes the business of make-believe can seem a little too real.

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Fallen Jedi

Darth Vader returns in Star Wars spin-off

Darth Vader.

Michael Idato The 202cm tall Dark Lord of the Sith, fallen Jedi Knight and one of cinema's most iconic characters, is making a cameo appearance which has all of Hollywood talking.

Comic to movie to TV

Batman casts a long shadow over new series Gotham

Ben McKenzie as Detective James Gordon and David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne.

Michael Idato Honest young detective James Gordon walks a straight path in the crooked streets of this Batman prequel.

7th Heaven father Stephen Collins allegedly confesses to sex abuse

Stephen Collins with some of his screen family on '7th Heaven'.

Michael Idato Stephen Collins, best known for his role as minister Eric Camden on 7th Heaven, has reportedly been dropped from his latest movie after the child sex abuse allegations surfaced.

Playing ball

CNN job cuts as Turner Broadcasting trims 10 per cent of workforce worldwide

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper.

Michael Idato The US media company Turner Broadcasting will shed an estimated 1475 jobs in the wake of a new rights deal for US basketball.

Spooky prophecy

Twin Peaks will return, fulfilling Laura Palmer's 25-year prophecy

Kyle MacLachlan as FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper.

Michael Idato In one of the final scenes of the iconic 1990s television drama, murdered American schoolgirl Laura Palmer said: 'I will see you again in 25 years.' Now she will.

Crime and crusaders

Crime and crusaders: America's surprise new TV hits heading our way

Tea Leoni in <i>Madam Secretary.</i>

Michael Idato More than half of the new TV season's most promising shows have launched in the US and are drawing big audiences, despite a mixed reception from critics.

Remake

Melissa George to repeat The Slap in the US

Repeat: Melissa George reprises the role which won her a peer-voted TV Week Logie Award for outstanding actress.

Michael Idato Melissa George joins the US remake of the award-winning The Slap, reprising her role as Rosie.