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UPDATE: NYC Mayor Called Les Moonves Directly To Keep Post-Letterman ‘Late Show’ In Big Apple

CBS Late Show marquee UPDATE, 11:25 AM: Forget the letter-writing campaign of Los Angeles’ mayor. The mayor of New York picked up the phone and directly asked CBS boss Les Moonves to keep the Late Show in the Big Apple after David Letterman retires next year. “I had a very good conversation yesterday with the man who will actually make that decision, Les Moonves, and I emphasized that New York has been an extraordinary home for the Late Show and that we think it’ll be a great home for the Late Show going forward,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio today during a press Washington Nationals v New York Metsconference. “Obviously, David Letterman made rich use of his surrounding environment of New York City, and I hope that his successor will do the same.”

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The same day Letterman announced he would be leaving Late Show sometime in 2015, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti wrote to the CBS boss urging him to move Letterman’s successor out to the West Coast. Burbank lost The Tonight Show back to NYC after 40 years when Jimmy Fallon took over hosting earlier this year, and L.A. is currently home to late-night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Conan O’Brien’s talk show on TBS, Arsenio Hall, and Letterman’s lead-out Craig Ferguson. On Friday, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito also wrote to Moonves about making sure Late Show post-Letterman stayed in New York. With de Blasio now weighing in, is it only a matter of time until this becomes a Governor-to-Governor thing? NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo has already made his stand doing the Top 10 list on April 4.  Read More »

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LA Mayor Urges CBS To Bring Letterman Successor’s Show To West Coast

President Obama Announces First Five "Promise Zones" To Battle PovertyBurbank may have recently lost NBC’s The Tonight Show to NYC after 40 years, but LA’s mayor now wants CBS to make the City of Angels the home of the replacement to Late Show With David Letterman. In a letter today to CBS boss Les Moonves after David Letterman announced that he will retire next year, Mayor Eric Garcetti urged him “to bring CBS’ next late night show to our city.” With shows and features deserting LA in droves in the past decade, Garcetti has made stabilizing and increasing film & TV production in the city a TCA Summer Press Tour 2013top priority for his still fairly new administration. The mayor created a Film Czar office and has been advocating an expansion of California’s current $100 million Film and TV Tax Credit program. Having said that, LA still has some late-night skin in the game with Letterman’s lead-out Craig Ferguson, Conan O’Brien’s TBS show, Arsenio Hall, and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, but getting CBS to set down more post-primetime roots here would be a real though unlikely coup for the city post-Letterman. Here is Garcetti’s full letter to Moonves:

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Howard Stern Mocks Letterman For Leno Détente: Video

A least one Late Show fan isn’t happy over the fact that longtime rivals Jay Leno and David Letterman have evidently patched things up. In an appearance set for tonight’s Late Show With David Letterman, Howard Stern expressed his disappointment with the détente and the Tonight Show host’s recent revelation that he and Letterman talk on the phone. “I work for NBC television now and I’m not speaking to Jay Leno,” the radio host and America’s Got Talent judge told Letterman’s audience. “They ask me to go on his show and I say ‘No, he did Dave wrong, I don’t like it’ …I’m fighting the war, I’m still in the jungle. Check out the exchange here:

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Letterman Tops Kimmel For First Time Since Move To 11:35

For the first time since his move to 11:35 PM last month, Jimmy Kimmel was beaten by his hero David Letterman last week. CBS’ The Late Show bested ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live in total viewers by 40%, pulling in an average of 3.4 million to the ABC show’s 2.48 million for the week ending February 8. Letterman also topped Kimmel in households (2.5/06 to 1.8/05), adults 18-49 (0.8/03 to 0.7/03), adults 25-54 (1.1/04 vs. 0.9/04) and adults 18-34 (0.5/02 vs. 0.4/02). That’s a 14%, 22% and 25% margin of victory respectively for the key demos. However, that result partially tells us that the Baltimore Ravens weren’t the only ones to get a win out of Super Bowl XLVII. Letterman’s show was strongly promoted on CBS during the big game and he had MVP Joe Flacco on the day after the February 3 Super Bowl. The Late Show also did well against NBC’s The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. The CBS late night show tied Leno in adults 18-49, adults 25-54, and adults 18-34 last week. Letterman was just a tad behind Leno in total viewers average over the week, garnering 3.47 million to The Tonight Show’s 3.52 million.

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‘Zero Dark Thirty’s’ Jessica Chastain Defends Film’s Accuracy On Letterman: Video

David Letterman wasted no time last night asking Zero Dark Thirty actress Jessica Chastain about the controversy surrounding the film during her appearance on The Late Show. “I’m getting ready to be called in front of a Senate committee after the show,” Chastain joked in reference to Senator Diane Feinstein’s investigation of the making of Zero Dark Thirty and what the CIA shared with filmmakers Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal about how Osama bin Laden was found. “I think it is important to know that the film is not a documentary,” Chastain also noted. Watch a portion of the interview below:

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Letterman Finally Gets Mitt Romney On ‘The Late Show’ – But It’s Jack Black (Video)

By | Wednesday October 3, 2012 @ 7:59am PDT

For months now the late night host has been trying to persuade Mitt Romney to come on The Late Show With David Letterman with no success. “They don’t return our calls,” said David Letterman in his monologue last night. Dave has even been urging viewers not to vote for Romney if he won’t be a guest. But on the eve of the first Presidential debate Romney did show up – or at least Jack Black impersonating the Republican candidate. Here’s the interview:

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Obamas Heading To ‘The View’ On Sept. 25, Whoopi Fires Back At Romney

By | Thursday September 20, 2012 @ 2:27pm PDT

President Obama and Michelle Obama will appear next Tuesday as part of The View‘s Red, White & View campaign featuring political guests and discussions. This will be the first joint appearance for the Obamas on the ABC talker but is the president’s fifth visit, coming just over a week after his seventh visit to Late Show With David Letterman. That same day, Ann Romney will be making her first appearance on a late-night talk show on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, NBC announced today. Meanwhile, View co-host Whoopi Goldberg is firing back at Mitt Romney over leaked remarks he made about appearing on The View, before he agreed yesterday to return as a guest sometime in October. Read More »

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