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.

Should You Go Rogue With Training Day?

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

Look, it's been a long season. You'd take a road trip, too, if it meant getting away from Noah. ...What? Noah's here, too? Oh, man. 2017.01.29S03.E10

And The Bland Played On During Shark Tank

The maker of a pair of headphones designed to lower decibels without impacting sound quality walks aways without a deal on this episode. But that's not a bad thing when Chris Sacca is sitting in one of the guest chairs. 2017.01.28S08.E14

Could Everyone On Shark Tank Swim In Different Directions?

Kevin O'Leary wants to be Canada's next prime minister. But what will that mean for the future ambitions of the remaining Sharks on Shark Tank? 2017.01.27

The Affair Has A Requiem For A Daydream

What if you spent an entire season thinking that someone else was out to get you, when all the time it was you, you pill-addled nincompoop? Noah's about to find out. 2017.01.22S03.E09

The Affair Goes Cole Mining

After a string of Noah-focused episodes -- don't worry, he still gets mentioned at every opportunity -- The Affair turns its attention back to Alison and Cole, and stumbles with how it's handling one of those characters. But probably not the one you're thinking. 2017.01.15S03.E08

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

We almost spend an entire episode of Shark Tank without anyone getting any money of any sort. Did everyone leave their wallets back in 2016? 2017.01.06S08.E12

The Affair Learns You Can't Go Home Again

'This is supposed to be a happy occasion, and as usual, Noah Solloway is ruining it,' declares Bruce Butler, who could be referring to dinners, homecomings, and furtive snoggings with Max and still be accurate. 2017.01.01S03.E06

Should You Pony Up for Ransom?

You're not going to believe this, but there's a show about an elite team of crime-stoppers who thwart bad guys. On CBS of all places! But is Ransom as good as the three dozen other shows that are exactly like it? 2016.12.22S01.E01

Noah And Alison Hop In A Hot Tub Time Machine On The Affair

Alison spends the day with Noah to finally put her foot down on the future of their relations. Nope, she's really going to do it. Watch her put her foot down. Any minute now. With special bonus hallucinogenic appearance by Brendan Fraser. 2016.12.18S03.E05

Shark Tank Wages War On Christmas

It's a holiday-themed episode whose pitches diverge more and more from the holidays as the evening wears on, and the Sharks put the 'oh, Christ' back in Christmas. 2016.12.10S08.E11

When The Affair Thinks About Noah, It Touches Itself

All you need to know about this episode -- and perhaps this series -- is contained in the segment in which a character reads Noah's book and is moved to self-pleasure. 2016.12.04S03.E03

Shark Tank Eats Its Own Dog Food

A dog starved at his master's gate may predict the ruin of the state, but what would William Blake say about a Shark Tank episode steeped in useless products? 'I've been dead since 1827, thank Christ,' probably. 2016.12.03S08.E10

The Affair Presents Helen's Sex Troll

Helen is leasing the bottom floor of her brownstone to that nice Dr. Vik, who pays her in both cash and sweet, sweet loving. Who could be dissatisfied with this arrangement? Since this is The Affair: everyone. 2016.11.27S03.E02

The Affair Returns With Noah's Arc

It's all Noah all the time, as the season premiere of The Affair devotes its energies to everyone's favorite adulterous jailbird. 2016.11.20S03.E01

Shark Tank Asks, 'What's It All About, Algae?'

And the answer is, it's about filling time between commercial breaks, as someone with no hope in hell of a deal is allowed to flail around while the Sharks twiddle their thumbs, waiting for a real business to come along. 2016.11.19S08.E09

Oh, Put A Sacca In It, Shark Tank

Mark Cuban and guest Shark Chris Sacca recreate our current national dialogue by shouting at each other impotently long after everything's been decided. Oh, and everyone gets a deal. 2016.11.12S08.E08

Shark Tank? More Like Shout Tank, Am I Right?

With six Sharks crowding the stage, no one can get a word in edgewise, least of all the people there to ask the Sharks for money. 2016.11.05S08.E07

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