Critic’s corner: What’s on TV Thursday

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Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell 11 p.m., FXX

No, not a typo. FX’s new comedy-centric spinoff channel, FXX, premiered this week. And now W. Kamau Bell’s talk show will air nightly, Sunday through Thursday, which is a good thing. Bell (left) seemed a little constrained when he had to whittle down his material to fit into a weekly format. Now he can let loose, and stay current, which he loves to do, since the episodes will be filmed on the day they air. He can more thoroughly infuse the show with his slyly confrontational standup style.


Roast of James Franco 9:30 p.m., Comedy Central

Did you miss this on Monday night? Miss it again, or expose yourself to a bunch of Hollywood dudes – and a couple of women – who are convinced that they’re the funniest people ever. Maybe I just don’t like the whole roast setup anymore; it has become predictable and not truly uncomfortable. Among those not knocking it out of the park: Seth Rogen, Jeff Ross, Jonah Hill, and Aziz Ansari. Also, the night’s default gay jokes are pretty lame. Pictured: James Franco.

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Wipeout 8 p.m., ABC

Foam objects will never be the same.

The Andy Griffith Show 4-9 p.m., TV Land


In my mind I’m going to Mount Pilot.

Luther 10 p.m., BBC America

He’s after a Dexter.

Matthew Gilbert can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.
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