Michael Idato

Michael Idato

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

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Networking: Supergirl soars into action

Michael Idato A round-up of television industry news.

Ratings winner

Supergirl soars: new US series delivers biggest ratings for new TV season

Melissa Benoist as the title character.

Michael Idato As you might expect from a girl who knows how to fly, she is off to a soaring start.

Out in force

Elizabeth Debicki among Australian talent honoured at star-studded Hollywood gala

Honoured: Elizabeth Debicki at the Australians in Film Benefit and Gala.

Michael Idato With the Oscars still some way off, Australia has got off to a fashionably early start on Hollywood's awards season.

TV reviews: The Beautiful Lie embraces Anna Karenina with a passion

The Beautiful Lie drew 540,000 viewers for its first episode.

Michael Idato Every now and again (more again in recent years, thank heavens), along comes a show that demands to be regarded with a serious eye.

TV review

TV reviews: The Beautiful Lie embraces Anna Karenina with a passion

Sarah Snook and Benedict Samuel as Skeet and Anna.

Michael Idato Every now and again, along comes a show that demands to be regarded with a serious eye.

Disney's Aladdin the musical soars into Sydney

Adam Jacobs as Broadway's Aladdin.

Michael Idato Behind the glitter and spectacle of the Broadway blockbuster Aladdin is a world of old-fashioned showbiz tricks.

Chris Rock will return to host the Oscars in 2016

Chris Rock last hosted the Academy Awards back in 2005.

Michael Idato Rock previously hosted the Academy Awards in 2005, and will return again next year.

The Limitless possibilities of the small screen

Jake McDorman as Brian Finch in <i>Limitless</i>.

Michael Idato 28-year-old Brian Finch may not be wearing a Lycra suit with a cape, but it is easy to interpret the new television series Limitless through the prism of the superhero genre.

The hard yards are paying off for Sullivan Stapleton

Sullivan Stapleton stars as Special Agent Kurt Weller, head of the FBI Critical Incident Response Group and Jaimie Alexander plays Blindspot. " />

Michael Idato Sullivan Stapleton is nothing if not confident. And he has good reason to be.

Princess returns

Star Wars' Princess Leia: cinema's greatest action heroine returns to rekindle a love affair

Princess Leia is back.

Michael Idato Three decades later, the young Princess who led a rebellion against oppression, is transformed.

Star Wars: The force awakens trailer unravelled

Star Wars has released its new look.

Michael Idato So, what do we know, and what does the new trailer tell us?

May the force be with you

Star Wars: The force awakens with a shudder as Star Wars trailer shakes the internet

Star Wars has released its new look.

Michael Idato Fans are flooding ticket websites as the trailer for the seventh Star Wars brings out legions of fans.

New Star Wars trailer for The Force Awakens gets three trailers of its own

BB-8 aboard the Millennium Falcon in one of the <i>Star Wars</i> 'sneak peak' trailers.

Michael Idato As if the media tsunami concerning the new Star Wars film was not already off the scale, the highly-anticipated new trailer for the film comes with not one but three trailers of its own.

Edina and Patsy to return as Absolutely Fabulous movie goes into production

The <i>Absolutely Fabulous</i> girls are back.

Michael Idato Someone pop the Bolly and get the press release out ... the long-promised film version of the iconic media comedy Absolutely Fabulous is finally in production.


Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster revealed by Disney

Star Wars has released its new look.

Michael Idato The Force Awakes is getting closer and closer.

TV review: Amy Schumer and Fargo - a fresh take on the familiar

Michael Idato The key to successful television is to retool what's been done before just enough to make it seem entirely new.


Brendan Moar and Kris Smith land plum international TV presenter roles

Kris Smith showcases designs by Dom Bagnato.

Michael Idato The former rugby star turned Myer pin up can now add international TV star to his resume.

Shatner's World: William Shatner talks life, losing his best friend and rediscovering joy

William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy enjoyed a lifelong friendship after starring together in <i>Star Trek</i>.

Michael Idato William Shatner on why the loss of Star Trek co-star Leonard Nimoy cut so deep

Mipcom: attendance up, streaming surges but TV drama at risk of overheating

The truth will out ... David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson in the original series.

Michael Idato The annual television market Mipcom cemented its position as the television industry calendar's most important event, with organisers reporting 13,700 executives, programmers and exhibitors had...

Networking: The return of Russell Coight and more TV news

Glenn Robbins as Russell Coight.

Michael Idato SBS will partner with the US-based Scripps Networks to develop a food-themed channel as part of the network's digital multi-channel offering.