Michael Idato

Michael Idato

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

DC duo

Batman v Superman movie's full name revealed

Michael Idato The highly anticipated Batman versus Superman film has finally been given a title.


Michael Idato Not all the tidings from the upfronts are bad, many shows scored renewals, including The Mentalist.

What's hot?

TV's new crop unveiled: what's hot in the battle of comic books, crime and comedy?

The Flash.

Michael Idato After a bloodbath of cancellations that saw roughly 40 shows culled from the American TV schedule, including the remake of the Australian hit Rake and Rebel Wilson's comedy series Super Fun Night,...

Why overnight ratings are no longer the life and death measure of TV audience

In Australia, overnight ratings figures continue to be the dominant measure of success and failure.

Michael Idato American television networks are pushing for greater analysis of television viewing, hoping to track audiences who watch TV shows across a whole month rather than the traditional "overnights".

TV mystery

Twin Peaks fans in frenzy as David Lynch plans to release 90 minutes of unseen material

Laura Palmer

Michael Idato In one of the final scenes of the iconic television program Twin Peaks back in 1991, murdered American schoolgirl Laura Palmer said: "I will see you again in 25 years.

Ten deal

'Prince Harry' up for grabs in new Ten reality show

Prince Harry, pictured at a wedding last year.

Michael Idato The Ten Network has secured the Australian rights to a reality TV show in which ambitious American brides chase the hand of Britain's Prince Harry in royal marriage.


Super Fun Night, Rake axed in US television bloodbath

Rebel Wilson in Super Fun Night

Michael Idato Hollywood is a tough town. Only a year after Australian comedian Rebel Wilson launched onto America's small screen with Super Fun Night, the comedy about three girlfriends has been axed from the US...

Mariah Carey: the passionate and elusive singer reveals her new album

Mariah Carey (Photo by Kevin Mazur Archive/WireImage)

Michael Idato Having twins has not slowed Mariah Carey down. Michael Idato stays up (very) late to interview the iconic singer-songwriter and actress.


Todd Sampson will be returning.

Michael Idato The ABC has commissioned a second series of Todd Sampson's series Redesign My Brain.

Plenty to laugh about in this break-up story

Separation anxiety: Mum Carol (Margo Martindale) and son Nathan (Will Arnett) in <i>The Millers</i>.

Michael Idato Divorce is a gas in Greg Garcia's new sitcom.

Beauty and the Beast: loving the darkness

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Michael Idato Stars Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan discuss season two, on-set antics and the darker side of Vincent.

Logies 2014: The Block's Scott Cam wins Gold Logie

Scott Cam poses in the awards room after winning the Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality on Television at the 2014 Logie Awards.

Michael Idato and Michael Lallo The Block may not have come out on top but its presenter Scott Cam did after winning most popular personality and presenter Logies, and snatching a quick kiss from Kylie along the way.

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Revolutionary spies a revelation


Michael Idato A grand historical thriller is an unlikely addition to the drama slate of AMC, and yet here is Turn.


Billy Bob Thornton.

Michael Idato Fargo launched in the US this week, drawing about 4.1 million viewers on cable channel FX.

Fargo isn't True Detective but is just as disturbingly good

Billy Bob Thornton in Fargo TV series.

Michael Idato Intimacy and claustrophobia mingle as the Coen brothers' Fargo is rebooted.

Hollywood 'sex ring' accused named

Michael Idato Michael Egan, who accused X-Men director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him before he was 18, has now also accused three other Hollywood figures.

The Millers: negotiating drama and comedy

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Michael Idato Stars of The Millers, Will Arnett, Beau Bridges and Margo Martindale, tell how it takes a good dramatic actor to be a successful comedic one.

Singer scandal

Bryan Singer accuser names three others in Hollywood 'paedophile ring'

Michael Egan, who sued filmmaker Bryan Singer for allegedly raping him as a teenager.

Michael Idato The 31-year-old man who last week named Bryan Singer in a child sex lawsuit has filed three more lawsuits against powerful Hollywood figures.


Pic of Jack Gleeson as Joffery in Game of Thrones for Show of the Week

Michael Idato The second episode of the new season of Game of Thrones has set a new record for illegal downloads.

Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad's Vince Gilligan on going out like a meteor

Breaking Bad

Michael Idato 'It is a wonderful time to be working in television,'' says writer Vince Gilligan, as our audience with the man behind arguably the most critically acclaimed drama of our time - Breaking Bad - begins.