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.
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* 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.
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* 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.”