New York City Council to CBS: Keep ‘Late Show’ in NYC

New York City Council to CBS: Keep 'Late Show' in NYC

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In a seeming response to the L.A. Mayor's request on Thursday, Les Moonves receives another plea

The day after David Letterman announced his impending retirement and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's plea to CBS to move the show to Los Angeles, New York is hitting back.

In a letter to CBS boss Les Moonves, New York City Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito asked that the show remain in the Big Apple.

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“New York City has always been the home of ‘The Late Show,'” she wrote. “And nothing could be better for the future of the program than to continue in that tradition when the torch is passed to a new host.”

Mark-Viverito's request is a seeming response to Garcetti's plea, a move certainly meant to bring attention to the increasing problem of television and film productions leaving Los Angeles, a trend Garcetti has vowed to turn around.

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The push and pull between late night shows and the cities they're taped in goes hand-in-hand with late show changes of guard. This year, NBC's “Tonight Show” moved from Burbank, Calif. to New York City in the handoff from Jay Leno to Jimmy Fallon.

Read the letter below.

April 4, 2014

Leslie Moonves

President & CEO CBS Corporation 51 West 52nd Street

New York, NY 10019

Dear Mr. Moonves:

The recent announcement that David Letterman will be retiring as the host of The Late Show was sad and surprising news to myself and to millions of other New Yorkers. For 32 years, ‘The Late Show’ has been a proud part of New York City's amazing entertainment culture.

That is why I'm writing to urge you to keep future production and filming of ‘The Late Show’ right here in New York City, where the program began and where David Letterman found such great success. New York City has always been the home of ‘The Late Show,’ and nothing could be better for the future of the program than to continue in that tradition when the torch is passed to a new host.

On top of that, New York continues to be a great place to film. While popular programs are leaving other cities, they're flocking to New York in record numbers. In fact, between the 2011 and 2014, the number of TV series produced in New York City shot up from 18 to 27. We also greatly appreciate and understand the industry's ability to create good jobs and support small businesses.

Beyond that, ‘The Late Show’ has always been an iconic presence of New York City's rich entertainment industry. The history between this city and ‘The Late Show’ is a defining characteristic which viewers all over America recognize and appreciate. What better place for ‘The Late Show’ than The City That Never Sleeps?

I look forward to many more years of the relationship between our city and ‘The Late Show.’

Sincerely,

Melissa Mark-Viverito

Speaker

James Crugnale contributed to this article.

  • kyoseki

    Could be interesting if the California tax credit proposal goes through.

    I'm assuming that the Late Show doesn't benefit from New York's refundable tax credit (aka subsidy) program, since they had to rewrite the tax code specifically to benefit the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

    If California's tv/film credit boost goes ahead, CBS may find it's substantially cheaper (to the tune of ~30%) to film in Studio City than to stay in New York.

    … and let's not forget, that the heir apparent, Craig Ferguson, is the only major late night talk show host to shoot in Los Angeles.

    • hupto

      I'm no fan of Kimmel, but last time I checked, he's in L.A. too and would certainly qualify as major. (Arsenio, Conan and Chelsea? Your call.)

      • kyoseki

        Absolutely right, I completely forgot about Kimmel.

        Of course, he'd likely get stiffed by any new tax credit just as the Late Show did when the NY tax code was rewritten specifically for the Tonight Show.

  • Dispatch66

    New York has a less drugged out liberal jaded culture than Los Angeles. I agree with keeping the Late Show in New York.