NEW ORLEANS - You could say Mayor Mitch Landrieu has drafted his own version of David Letterman’s “Top 10” list, with his reasons why Stephen Colbert, should move “The Late Show” to New Orleans when he takes over for Letterman next year.It's bad enough that Louisiana has been a leader in enabling the entertainment industry's inter-state competition for corporate welfare via its "Hollywood South" tax credit program to the great expense of taxpayers. It's worse that our political leadership continually fails to see their role in this robbery as anything other than positive press for themselves.
At the top of the list, which Landrieu outlined this week in a letter to CBS chairman and chief executive officer Les Moonves, are tax credits, which the mayor said would be attractive to CBS and its late night production. (See letter)
Though Letterman’s show is currently taped in New York and has been associated with the city for decades, a Los Angeles Times article last week reported that the network was being courted by L.A. and other cities interested in becoming a home base for the show, and “is said to be willing to listen to pitches and be wooed.”
Besides, New Orleans already has its own local talk show format production if you're into that sort of thing. As for hosting the national outfits, didn't we try that already?