The moment that U.S. fans of Sherlock with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman have been waiting for since May 20, 2012 at 10:30pm ET has arrived. Ever since Sherlock took that leap off the rooftop of St Barts Hospital, rapid fans of brilliant telly have accessed the Internets daily for any production news or broadcast date update. Who can blame them after having witnessed what many have called one of the most shocking cliffhangers in television history. Well, that day has arrived.
PBS has just announced the following schedule for Sherlock 3 as part of the ongoing series, Masterpiece.
- Sherlock 3 “The Empty Hearse” – Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 9p CT/10p ET
- Sherlock 3 “The Sign of Three” – Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 9p CT/10p ET
- Sherlock 3 “His Last Vow” – Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 9p CT/10p ET
Trying to curb her enthusiasm for the upcoming new set of episodes, Masterpiece Executive Producer, Rebecca Eaton calmly said: “These new episodes are as wildly-imaginative and brilliantly-produced as all the others. These people are GOOD!”
An equally subdued Sue Vertue, executive producer for Sherlock and Hartswood Films, which coproduces Sherlock with MASTERPIECE and BBC Wales for BBC One said: “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.”
U.S. fans of Downton Abbey will immediately recognize that this places Sherlock right in the wheelhouse of the new 4th series of Downton which premieres at 8p CT/9p ET on January 5, 2014. Doing the math, that will make Sunday the most definitive night for appointment television since NBC’s Must See TV night back in the 80’s anchored by Friends, Seinfeld and ER.
The countdown begins now until January 2014. Need we say more?