While it seems more than likely that Stephen Colbert will remain in New York City when he takes the reins of "The Late Show" from retiring host David Letterman next year, the city of New Orleans is actively campaigning for Colbert and co. to move production to Louisiana instead.
In a letter to CBS head honcho Les Moonves, New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu asked the network to consider bringing the show to the city, citing its film-friendly policies and tax credits, as well as its popularity among high-profile Hollywood productions, including newly-crowned Best Picture winner "12 Years a Slave." Acknowledging that New York and Los Angeles are the traditional locales for late night programming, the mayor wrote that he "would like to encourage [CBS] to add New Orleans to the mix."
"Though it may seem like an unlikely fit, New Orleans and 'The Late Show' or its successor would be a great fit," Landrieu wrote. "New Orleans is a brand unto itself and it is particularly attractive for the key demographic you are trying to reach. We offer you not only our unique culture and rich history, but attractive business incentives for film production."
Landrieu added that having so many movies film in the city would make scheduling guests for interviews on "The Late Show" extremely easy.
"[B]ringing the successor to 'The Late Show' to New Orleans makes sense for CBS," Landrieu wrote.
There's probably no chance of Landrieu's request being granted, but he at least deserves credit for trying. (And pointing out the city's tax credit incentives in such a showy fashion will no doubt bring plenty of publicity to New Orleans, and maybe lure in some other productions, too.)
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