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

Somebody loves you! If I had to punch that face, I'd
avoid the nose and teeth too.

Irene Adler

Mrs. Hudson: It's a disgrace, sending your little brother into danger
like that! Family is all we have in the end, Mycroft Holmes!
Mycroft Holmes: Oh shut up, Mrs. Hudson!
Sherlock and John: [furious] Mycroft!
Mycroft Holmes: [long pause] Apologies.
Mrs. Hudson: Thank you.
Sherlock: Though, do indeed shut up.