An East Coast-West Coast tug of war is heating up over CBS’s “Late Show,” now that David Letterman has announced his retirement. In the latest development, New York City has asked the network to keep the program there, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Company Town.
As previously reported, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is making a bid for the show to move to his town, following New York City’s success in luring NBC’s “Tonight Show” from Burbank to the Big Apple.
"For 32 years, 'The Late Show' with David Letterman has been a proud part of New York City’s amazing entertainment culture," New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito wrote in a letter to CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves. "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."
The speaker’s letter mentioned that other programs are “flocking to New York in record numbers,” which may have been a reference to “The Tonight Show's" move, the story notes.
The number of TV series produced in New York City has risen from 18 to 27 between 2011 to 2014, she added.