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Sherlock Production Delay Means U.S. Won’t See Season 3 Until 2014

The start of production for the third season of BBC’s Sherlock has been moved from January to March to accommodate the increasingly busy schedules of stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, Inside TV reports. That means Series 3 of the popular detective drama likely won’t air until late 2013 in the United Kingdom (versus summer) and early 2014 in the United States.

Created by Steven Moffat (Doctor Who, Coupling) and Mark Gatiss (Doctor Who, The League of Gentlemen), Sherlock is a contemporary retelling of Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic mysteries. Each season consists of three 90-minute episodes.

While Cumberbatch and Freeman were both familiar faces on television and in film before the drama’s 2010 premiere, their profiles have raised considerably in the past couple of years: Freeman stars in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, while Cumberbatch recently finished production of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness (he also plays the Necromancer and Smaug in The Hobbit).


  • LobsterAfternoon

    Why air them at different times on different sides of the Atlantic? Do these guys know how the internet works? 

  • Richard Casey

    it’s more to do with scheduling i’d imagine. From what I understand, American TV seems to shut down over “the holidays” while the BBC usually programmes specifically for it. Sherlock aired around christmas last time, so I’d expect it to air the same time next year.

  • Mikeam1978

    That’s kind of true in a way (reruns usually air throughout late-December until after New Year’s), but even if “Sherlock” was to air in the UK in November, there’s no reason it couldn’t air in the US at the same time. Plus, it airs here on PBS and not a major network (like ABC or NBC), so it should be no problem.

  • Mikeam1978

    Argh! What a wait! Especially considering how Season 2 ended. :(

  • cottoncandy100

    I’m happy Cumberbatch has so many roles lined up. Julian Assange, Brian Epstein etc. I’m happy to wait for Sherlock as long as he has such great roles 

  • Bedlam66

    They tell us this like I’m not going to Download the Ep a hour after it airs for the Brits.