Sherlock Season 3: Production Delayed, Premiere Date Unknown

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Sherlock Season 3 will eventually air in both Great Britain and the United States.

It's just unclear when.

Entertainment Weekly confirms that production on this terrific drama has been pushed back from January to March in order to accommodate the schedules of stars Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek 2) and Martin Freeman (The Hobbit).

Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock

BBC insiders hope the series will still return in late 2013, which means PBS will not air new episodes until early 2014.

The first cycle of Sherlock premiered overseas in July 2010. Sherlock Season 2 then hit the air last January, with PBS premiering the trio of 90-minute episodes in May.

In other British import news: Downton Abbey Season 4 has been green lighted by ITV.

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Sherlock Quotes

Taking your own life. Interesting expression, taking it from who? Once it's over, it's not you who'll miss it. Your own death is something that happens to everyone else. Your life is not your own, keep your hands off it.

Sherlock

John: You did not kill Mary. She made a choice to save your life. You didn't make her do it, nobody could make Mary do anything. You didn't kill her.
Sherlock: In saving my life she conferred a value on it. It is a currency I do not know how to spend.