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Production on the BBC’s critically acclaimed series Sherlock has been pushed back, meaning that the show’s third season might not air until early 2014.
Sources told Entertainment Weekly that the delay is to make room for the lead actors’ schedules. Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays a modern Sherlock Holmes in the series, is working on Star Trek Into Darkness. His Watson, Martin Freeman, is currently working on Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy.
Sherlock’s third season was scheduled to start production in January, but it will now start filming in March. EW’s sources say it will air on the BBC in late 2013, while PBS said that it will reach stateside as early as late 2013 or as late as early 2014.
Sherlock debuted in the UK in July 2010 and the second season premiered last January. The second season ended with a cliffhanger, so anticipation for the third season could not be higher.
Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss gave fans three words for them to think about while they wait. Collider reports that they said at the Edinburgh TV festival in August that “Rat, Wedding, Bow” are the key words for season three.