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NEW YORK — Stephen Colbert is ready to strike up the band with musician Jon Batiste as his “Late Show” bandleader.

Colbert made the announcement of Batiste this week, saying his music “makes the audience feel so good, we may have to install a `Do Not Make Love’ sign.”

Batiste is a singer and educator from New Orleans who has toured globally with his band, Stay Human, and has collaborated with performers including Prince, Wynton Marsalis and Lenny Kravitz. He studied at the Juilliard School, where he received his undergraduate and master’s degrees.

Colbert is stepping into CBS’ late-night slot long occupied by David Letterman. “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” starts Sept. 8.

NEW YORK — “The Dr. Oz Show” has created a position heading up the program’s medical unit and hired a physician from Consumer Reports to fill it.

The daytime health advice show announced the hiring of Dr. Michael Crupain in the newly created position of chief of staff of the medical unit. He will lead the unit that researches and verifies scripts, evaluates expert guests, and edits medical animations. He will also enhance liaisons with the medical community, the program says.

Crupain previously was director of Consumer Reports’ Food Safety and Sustainability Center.

His hiring follows a recent accusation of Dr. Mehmet Oz, the program’s host, by a group of fellow doctors that his show promotes “quack treatments.” Oz contended the attack was spurred by his support for labeling genetically modified foods.

NEW YORK — The E! Entertainment network says its documentary series on the former Bruce Jenner premiering next month will be titled, “I Am Cait,” and is showing a promo video for the series depicting her applying makeup.

The Olympic champion, who revealed this week that her new name is Caitlyn, is featured in an eight-episode series depicting her transition from a man to a woman that will debut July 26.

E! ramped up promotion by releasing a video that depicts Jenner applying lipstick while sitting at a makeup table.

NEW YORK — Graduation day is looming for “Degrassi,” which will end its 14-season run on TeenNick in July.

TeenNick’s 12 final episodes will kick off July 20 with an hourlong special, followed by episodes airing weeknights through July 31. An hourlong finale will close the series.

In those last episodes, the high school’s senior class prepares for its prom and graduation as the school year comes to an end. For now, “Degrassi” airs weeknights at 9 p.m.

Associated Press

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