Season 3 Return Date Announced for ‘Sherlock’

By October 23, 2013
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It’s been a LONG two years since the Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek: Into Darkness) and Martin Freeman (The Hobbit) have stepped into the shoes of the widely beloved Sherlock Holmes and Watson, causing fans to wonder if their busy film schedules would allow these men to come back any time soon.

Wonder no more, darlings, because PBS has announced that season 3 of “Sherlock” will premiere on their flagship show, “Masterpiece” (also home to hit series “Downton Abbey”) next January and promises to be a doozy!

“Masterpiece” exec producer Rebecca Eaton tells Entertainment Weekly this’ll be the “best season yet” and the episodes themselves are “fantastic” and “jaw dropping. They are like small movies. Benedict and Martin are so in their Sherlock-Watson groove. They are so comfortable with that relationship it’s like being in the room with them.”

“Sherlock” executive producer Sue Vertue couldn’t agree more. “We are hugely excited about this next series of Sherlock, and have worked closely with our partners, “Masterpiece” and PBS, to bring these episodes to U.S. audiences in January. We promise our fans that Season 3 is worth waiting for.”

So after splitting season three’s production schedule in three chunks over the course of the year in order to work with Cumberbatch and Freeman on their MASSIVE film careers and tight schedules (which also included those of creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss), fans will finally find out if Sherlock survived his climactic rooftop dive at the end of the second season.

Thanks to EW, I can KIND of give you some details on the first two episodes of the new season.

Scroll past this next paragraph if you DON’T want to know!

WARNING: (Possible) SPOILERS:

Episode one (“The Empty Hearse”) will solve the mystery of Sherlock’s death while episode two (“The Sign Of Three”) sees Watson marrying Mary Morstan – played by his real-life lady, Amanda Abbington (“Mr Selfridge”) then rounds out with the final episode of the season, “The Last Vow” – and sounds deliciously ominous.

I know it seems like it’s gonna go by in an instant and like you, I’d LOVE to have a 13-episode season but “Masterpiece” exec producer Eaton makes a fair point as to why this isn’t a reality.

I think there’s such an appetite for “Sherlock” because every season we do they’re bites; the season isn’t 13 episodes, which we would love, (but) they’re complicated to make and we can’t do more than that. So you never get quite enough even when you get a new season. Even more than with “Downton”, because “Downton” is 10 hours and it comes back regularly once a year. So “Sherlock” creates an unusual appetite.

Ready to hear the date?

You can feast on the rocket sauce that is “Sherlock” on PBS “Masterpiece” on Jan. 19, 2014 at 10 p.m.

I’m happy – hope you’re happy too!!

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