Philip Michaels

Philip Michaels has been writing about television for years, first at TeeVee.org and later at Television Without Pity. After a lengthy tenure as an editor for both Macworld and TechHive, he is embarking on an exciting new career of freelancing and mendicancy. Follow on him on Twitter to hear him complain about how the sports teams he likes aren't playing very well.

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What happens when you take Denzel Washington's Oscar turn, swap in Bill Paxton and infuse the whole thing with CBS's 'Crimes Being Solved' ethos? Game over, man. 2017.02.01S01.E01

The Affair Ends Its Season With A French Reconnection

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The Affair Goes Cole Mining

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Barbara Corcoran Saves Everyone's Bacon On Shark Tank

For a while it looks like everyone's going to go home without even the hint of a deal. 'Not on my watch,' Barbara Corcoran growls, checkbook in hand. 2017.01.14S08.E13

Vik Walks Out on The Affair Because He's Smarter Than We Are

Philip Michaels isn't a crackpot. He just thinks we should be happy for Vik after he takes his ball and goes home when it becomes clear that Helen will never ever quit Noah. 2017.01.08S03.E07

Shark Tank Nearly Suffers A Cat-tastrophe

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