Michael Idato

Michael Idato

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

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Alex Dimitriades

Michael Idato Alex Dimitriades heads The Principal, Penny Win heads drama, Anderson Cooper comics, Ashton Kutcher does well, and more.

TV

Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox and Lisa Kudrow participate in Friends reunion on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Friends

Michael Idato If it was an episode of Friends, they would have called it 'The One With The Friends Reunion'.

Joan Rivers in hospital after she stopped breathing during surgery

Rushed to hospital: Joan Rivers.

Michael Idato Joan Rivers, the brilliant but acerbic US stand-up comic who blazed a trail for female comedians, suffered a heart attack and stopped breathing during a surgical procedure on her throat at a clinic...

Friends

Friends anniversary: pop-up Central Perk cafe to open in New York

Michael Idato US studio Warner Bros will mark the 20th anniversary of the TV comedy Friends by opening a real-world version of the show's iconic, but fictitious, coffee house Central Perk.

Nebraska

Cops TV show crew member killed by friendly fire

Killed ... Bryce Dion.

Michael Idato A crew member for the TV show Cops died after he was shot by friendly fire while filming an episode for the long-running reality series in Omaha, Nebraska.

Liev Schreiber juggles acting, directing in Ray Donovan

Hollywood fix-it man: Liev Schreiber in <i>Ray Donovan.</i>

Michael Idato For the 46-year-old San Francisco-born actor Liev Schreiber the role of Hollywood "fix-it man" Ray Donovan is delivered with effortless brilliance.

Sue Ellen is back, but she's moved on

She's back: Linda Grey in Dallas.

Michael Idato Sue Ellen Ewing is one of television's iconic - and after more than three decades, one of our most enduring - characters. Michael Idato asks Linda Grey what it's like to play the Dallas mainstay.

Awards

Emmys 2014: host Seth Meyers plays it safe, plus best and worst moments

Robin Williams.

Michael Idato The 66th annual awards moved at a cracking pace, thanks to its rookie host, but most would have tuned in for the touching farewell to Robin Williams.

Gender bias?

Ashton Kutcher cashes in as TV's top earner: Forbes' rich list

Ashton Kutcher boosts his <i>Two and a Half Men</i> earnings with lucrative tech deals.

Michael Idato For an industry which is in the midst of radical change, television can be surprisingly old-fashioned.

Awards

Emmys' Robin Williams tribute fraught with danger

Remembered: Robin Williams is expected to dominate the Emmys 'in memoriam' segment.

Michael Idato As millions of viewers around the world tune into today's 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, many will come not for the honours and the accolades but to remember the iconic comedian and actor Robin...

Awards

Biggest Emmy snubs of all time: 10 actors who never took home TV's coveted prize

Seinfeld

Michael Idato American television's highest accolade - the Emmy Award - is generally regarded as a solid barometer of brilliance. 

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Reality TV show will be set in the Outback

Michael Idato The ABC has commissioned a new observational reality series, Outback ER. The series will be filmed around the hospital and emergency services of the unofficial capital of the outback, Broken Hill.

Form guide

Emmys 2014 predictions: who should win?

Breaking Bad.

Michael Idato Television's night of nights, the honour roll of the very best television has to offer, or simply a crapshoot that the studios, this year in particular, have started to cynically "game"? Depending on...

Marvel

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper to feature in Marvel comic Black Widow

Comic turn: News anchor Anderson Cooper will appear in the Marvel series <em>Black Widow</em>.

Michael Idato Television newsman Anderson Cooper is taking a somewhat unusual career turn - into a comic book star.

Funeral

Robin Williams cremated the day after he died

Robin Williams

Michael Idato The beloved actor Robin Williams was privately cremated the day after he died, documents have revealed.

Q&A with Diane Kruger, star of The Bridge

Darker: Kruger says Sonja will have more to show in this series.

Michael Idato The German ex-model turned actor has become accustomed to LA.

Star-studded

Miranda Otto joins cast of HBO's Westworld

Going West: Miranda Otto joins a star-studded cast in HBO's <em>Westworld</em>.

Michael Idato Australian actress Miranda Otto has joined the cast of the HBO pilot Westworld.

Casting

Noah Taylor to star in new TV series, Powers

Superhuman: Noah Taylor has landed a starring role in a new series called <i>Powers</i>.

Michael Idato Australian actor Noah Taylor has been signed to star in a new series about a group of superhumans.

Michael Idato: TV and movie industry news

New Girl: Trent O'Donnell wll direct Zooey Deschanel.

Michael Idato A local for New Girl, death on Game of Thrones and Pussy Riot in the White House.

Awards

Game of Thrones, True Detective, Fargo win big at Creative Arts Emmy Awards

Mr Burns is taking Emmy glory.

Michael Idato The HBO dramas Game of Thrones and True Detective, the critically exalted miniseries Fargo and the man behind the voice of The Simpsons' billionaire tyrant Mr Burns emerged as early winners at this...

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