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‘Sherlock’ Season 3 Gets Pushed Back

The highly anticipated TV series won’t return to BBC until late 2013 at the earliest.

Fans of BBC’s “Sherlock” are already accustomed to the roughly 18 months between seasons. However, viewers will have a much longer wait ahead of them before anyone learns how Holmes survived the events of “The Reichenbach Fall.”

According to Entertainment Weekly, production of “Sherlock” season 3 is being shifted from January to March in large part due to the busy feature film schedules of series stars, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

The Entertainment Weekly story notes that “Sherlock” may still be on tap for a late 2013 return to BBC One. But in America, fans may have to wait until 2014 for PBS to add “Sherlock” season 3 to its lineup.
 
Cumberbatch and Freeman’s schedules will likely only get busier once Star Trek Into Darkness and The Hobbit turn them into even bigger international stars than they already are.

There is some speculation that “Sherlock” season 3 will be the final year of the series. However, there’s no reason for fans to panic just yet. Earlier this year, Cumberbatch said that “I’ll always do ‘Sherlock.’”

It’s still not entirely clear which Sherlock Holmes stories will be adapted in the third season, but “Sherlock” co-creator Steven Moffat offered "Rat," "Wedding" and "Bow" as clues for fans to decipher a few months ago.