CBS’s Choice of Colbert Deals a Blow to L.A.’s Hopes of Luring ‘Late Show’

Apr 11, 2014  •  Post A Comment

With CBS tapping Stephen Colbert to host its “Late Show,” it’s considered a long shot for the program to move to Los Angeles, reports the Los Angeles Times.

After “Late Show” host David Letterman announced his retirement, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti spoke with CBS chief Les Moonves, seeking to convince him to move the show from New York City.

“But that was before CBS announced on Thursday that Colbert would be the next host after Letterman retires next year. Colbert, host and executive producer of ‘The Colbert Report,’ is based in New York,” the piece notes.

"Under California's incentive program, the only TV shows that are eligible for tax breaks are new basic cable programs or network and pay-TV scripted shows relocating from elsewhere," the Times piece adds. "By contrast, New York last year allowed certain talk shows to qualify for its 30% rebate, a move that was widely seen to court NBC before it decided to move 'The Tonight Show' from Burbank to New York under new host Jimmy Fallon."

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