TVLine Items: Colbert's Bandleader Named, Sharknado 3 Teaser and More

Stephen Colbert Jon Batiste

Here’s something you can cross off your long list of questions surrounding Stephen Colbert‘s upcoming Late Show takeover: Who will lead his band?

For that gig, Colbert has chosen Louisiana musician Jon Batiste, the host announced Thursday.

“His music makes the audience feel so good, we may have to install a ‘Do Not Make Love’ sign,” Colbert said in a statement, while Batiste added, “I’m thrilled! This is a match made in heaven. Get ready for a love riot in late night.”

Below, watch Colbert introduce his new bandleader (and scarf down some delicious-looking beignets). The Late Show With Stephen Colbert kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 8, on CBS.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* What do Mark Cuban, NASCAR and the Lincoln Memorial have in common? They’re all featured in the latest Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! teaser, embedded below for your viewing pleasure.

* Nick Searcy (Justified) has made a date with Hulu’s 11/22/63, its upcoming event series based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name. In the drama — which follows Jake Epping (James Franco), an English teacher who travels back in time and attempts to stop JFK’s assassination — Searcy will play Deke Simmons, a high school principal and Jake’s boss in the 1960s life he assumes.

* Rob Riggle (The Daily Show) will guest-star on Season 2 of USA Network’s Playing House, per The Hollywood Reporter. He will play Buck Finch, a woodshop teacher whose double entendres about working with wood get the ladies-only class, um, excited.

* The Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons will make his first appearance on Inside the Actors Studio on Thursday, June 18, at 8/7c.

* Starz has released a behind-the-scenes video of its upcoming comedy series Blunt Talk, premiering Aug. 22 at 9/8c. Starring Patrick Stewart (X-Men, Star Trek: The Next Generation), the series follows Walter Blunt, a British import intent on conquering the world of American cable news. Check out the video below to see the stars give insight on their fictional “dysfunctional family.”

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10 Comments
  1. Mr. Tran K says:

    Jon Batiste is a great choice as the bandleader for Stephen Colbert’s Late Show and he may give Paul Shaffer a run for his money. I knew Colbert would really want to have a house band as he takes over The Late Show on September 8th. CBS is really shaking things up on late night TV and hopefully Colbert should give Fallon and Kimmel a lot of respect.

  2. Mr. Tran K says:

    Can’t imagine CBS late night has two bandleaders that are not white. James Corden has Reggie Watts and now Colbert has Jon Batiste. Talk about how CBS late night TV is the new black. LOL :-)

    • dman6015 says:

      Wow, Mr. Tran, feeling a bit racist today? You forgot to mention The Tonight Show band in your rant.

      • Jane L. says:

        Didn’t sound like a rant or racist comment to me. He’s just pointing out that CBS (which has the reputation of appealing to an old demographic) now has two black bandleaders. It’s a step in the right direction towards diversity in CBS late night.

  3. Mr. Tran K says:

    One thing I forgot to mention: with The Late Late Show with James Corden already available On Demand, don’t know if CBS is planning to have The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to be available On Demand until the September 8th premiere.

  4. Ron says:

    Great news! I love Jon Batiste! He’s amazing. His musical appearance on The Colbert Report was one of my favorites. He brought life to that performance like no other guest musician ever had before on the show. Should be really fun and cool to see him on a regular basis.

  5. Beatrice says:

    This show is going to bomb. Mark my words.

    • Mr. Tran K says:

      What are you talking about Beatrice? No one and I mean no one can’t replace Colbert when he takes over The Late Show on September 8th. If you’re not going to watch the premiere of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert then don’t watch it or switch it over to Fallon or Kimmel. Complain all you want.

    • JB says:

      If you mean that we’ve only seen Colbert doing his character (which was getting a bit old) …then you’re right…the show may suck.
      Just because he could do that doesn’t mean he can do a talk show…after all, many have tried and few have succeeded.

    • dman6015 says:

      Any particular reason you think it’s not going to work?