Wipeout, Futurama and LA Ink on TV Thursday Night

See what our (fill in) TV columnist has to say about these shows.

Elissa Bass is on vacation in a place with no cable and no Internet. She will return on Aug. 28.

Wipeout, 8 p.m., ABC

The features tonight include people getting hit by a giant flyswatter and something called “Ballsy's Underwater Aquatic Adventure.” This might be the closest we’ve come to closing the game show craziness gap we have with Japan.

Futurama, 10 p.m., Comedy Central

This has been back since last summer. It’s not really as good as it was during its first run, but that seems to happen whenever canceled shows are revived after a long absence (take a note, everyone petitioning to bringArrested Development back). Still, it’s fared better in quality than a lot of the animated shows that started in the 90s. Tonight, “A secret mission by Dr. Zoidberg and the Professor from long ago is discovered by the crew.”

LA Ink, 10 p.m., TLC

“Kat uncovers Arianna’s dark secret; a prank war erupts in the shop.” One has to wonder how permanent the results of a prank war in a tattoo parlor will be…


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