I guess they kept it secret just incase it did not happen. I guess they announced it now as they will start filming this summer when James Corden goes on break from the late late show and the when they start filming the secret would obviously get out. I guess this is why he is not hosting a league of their own any more.
The schedule is going to be interesting. I think it's clear Gavin and Stacey is going to be the big festive show. They would be crazy to start it later than 9:30 seeing as it's a 60min special. Strictly won't be going anywhere and Michael show did add variety to the schedule which would be a shame to lose. I think cutting Eastenders down to 30mins and doing a big set up on Christmas Eve, dropping zog and moving the evening news back would allow it all to fit in. Something like;
4:50 News and Weather
5:15 Strictly Come Dancing
6:30 Michael McIntyre Big Christmas Show
7:30 Call the Midwife
9:30 Gavin and Stacey
10:30 Mrs Browns Boy's
Pretty strong line up. Can't believe I just typed a Christmas Day Line up in May. 🙄😂
James Corden was finding it increasingly difficult to host A League of their Own due to his work load in the US. CBS were not happy that he spent a lot of time back in the UK. The Late Late Show on CBS is on the air four days a week, for close to 150/160 episodes per year, so trying to fit in time for A League of their Own was becoming harder.