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BBC Sherlock Season 3 Has Been Delayed Until 2014 Because Benedict Cumberbatch & Martin Freeman Are Too Awesome

Excuse us while we Reichenbach Cry. 

Honestly, we’re no strangers to waiting epically long amounts of time for our favorite U.K. shows to make it to the U.S. but I will admit we’ve been spoiled by Doctor Who. Though you can blame Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman for this one, or at least their fantastic acting ability.

Entertainment Weekly cites the actors’ “busy schedules” pushing back the start of production on Season 3 from January to March of 2013.

“The BBC has not announced a premiere date for season three, but given that January was previously announced as the start of production, fans hoped to see Holmes and Watson return in the summer,” writes EW. “Sources say the BBC will air Sherlock series three in late 2013. PBS has to wait until after the BBC’s window. A PBS spokesperson says Sherlock will air either late 2013 — or early 2014.”

Though if you don’t want to blame Cumberbatch and Freeman you might want to look towards Peter Jackson. Was adding a third film to his Hobbit project what really caused the delay? Freeman is of course playing the lead role of Bilbo while Cumberbatch is playing both The Necromancer and Smaug and while they both have other jobs coming up, I’m sure additional Hobbit shoots are taking a chunk of their time.

(via Entertainment Weekly)

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  • brooke welty


  • Anonymous

    They’re delayed because of the same film. How cool is that?

  • Sefa

    Didn’t Jackson change the postpone the entire Hobbit production for months because Martin’s obligation was to Sherlock? If it’s true, it looks like shooting for Sherlock will only be postponed by two months and airing schedules will be… almost exactly what it probably would’ve been anyway.

  • Amy W

    I thought additional Hobbit shooting wasn’t going to take place until summer, anyway, so we probably can’t blame that.

  • Psychotronic (Michael F.)

    I can’t say I’m entirely surprised. I’m sure the Moff’s Doctor Who workload may be a contributing factor as well.

  • Aix

    I think it is Dreamworks for Cumberbatch, Wikileaks movie with McAvoy, remember? And yeah, PJ for Freeman. I read somewhere that there are additional scenes to be filmed.

  • Geri

    Here’s a thought: how about we wait till someone involved with the production actually confirms this story? Right now it’s all rumour and hearsay. You’d think if it was true, Moffat or the BBC would have made an official announcement.

    Besides, Benedict has some Star Trek publicity to take care of at the end of March so I don’t think this report is even feasible.

  • Marianne Michelle

    Their delay has nothing to do with how awesome they are. It’s PJ and his awesomeness. Even though the Hobbit should NOT be three freaking movies. And that is my two cents.

  • Anonymous

    Actually no. Its due to Cumberbatch filming the Julian Assange/Wikileaks film in first quarter 2013.

  • Anonymous

    You gotta remember the BBC wouldnt air Sherlock on Sunday nights opposite Downton Abbey so it wouldnt air till beginning of November anyway at the earliest.

  • Anonymous

    Benedict Cumberbatch will be playing Assange in a new bio flick in January. he’s also filming a new Brian Epstein film later in the year and a Monty Python film. So Sherlock must have to work round the Assange film.

  • Magic Xylophone

    “Cumberbatch is playing both The Necromancer”


    *dries self off*

    What? That is goddamned bizarre. Why would they… the same guy as Smaug? I don’t get it.

  • Magic Xylophone

    “Cumberbatch is playing both The Necromancer”


    *dries self off*

    What? That is goddamned bizarre. Why would they… the same guy as Smaug? I don’t get it.

  • Duke Fleed

    Summer in NZ is winter for the northern hemisphere.

  • Joanna

    Damn you Hobbitses!!!!

  • Jason Callina

    See Treebeard for a contemporary example

  • Joao Pedro Pinto

    who cares! lol

    we just want sherlock back!

  • Anonymous

    Agreed. You can’t take three very long books and only make one movie each…and then take one shorter book and make it into THREE movies. Argh. Two movies tops.

  • Anonymous

    Well put.

  • Jolanta Grivina

    The voice? Doh!

  • Ping Lee

    gaaaaaaaah need mooooore sheeeerloooooock

  • Ralffie

    Surprised to see the phrase “Hobbit shoots are taking a chunk of their time” in a sentence without Dick Cheney.

  • Patricia Blake

    I was thinking theyboth looked like very cute elves. Really, my knees are weak and my throat is dry….

  • lg

    ohh nooooooooooooo

  • AmaryllisComplex

    Personally, I think it’s a bit lame that they’ve split The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey into three parts. I mean, Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows parts 1 and 2 were bad enough, and I won’t even go into that horrid taint on society known as Twilight, but anyway, I suppose it’s so they can get the most money. That movie better be worth it.

    And it’s unfortunate that there’s a trend of ‘tease and wait’ with BBC’s shows that have come to America, and so we’ll all have to sustain ourselves with reruns of Doctor Who and Sherlock until they return.

    Sort of looking forward to The Spies of Warsaw and Ripper Town (Isn’t that what it’s called?)/end of lots of rambling

    Oh, not meaning to push this, but if you like Sherlock, I’d give Elementary a try. Still, it’s just ended its season and won’t be coming back till February 3rd, after the Superbowl. What crucial time though…MORIARTYYYYY

  • Desta Gage

    What leaves me ‘mid-sip’ is why the hell wasn’t Sherlock among the nom’s right along with Downton? Who’s running this thing? Someone in Scotland who’e been under a rock for the past 5 years?

  • Dr. KMG

    WTH, we hv been waiting for ages. come on Benedict & Martin.

  • Mckayla Temple

    If this is true they really need to tell us how sherlock survived… I have theories and it’s driving me crazy that I don’t know the truth!

  • Rohit Korde

    whyyyy god whyyyy………………f**k u hobbits.

  • Halsten Connally

    Don’t forget Cumberbatch is in the new Star Trek as well!

  • sonewsan


  • Joshua Tree

    Not really spoiling anything.. but something I noted. Watson runs across the street towards where Sherlock fell… he tangles with a bike rider and is delayed somewhat… gets some blood on him from the collision. Cut to him arriving at the body… note no blood in evidence any longer on Watson. The continuity issue there pointed out to me anyhow… that the two portions of that scene were filmed in a different timeframe… and that the delay (which they added.. probably when season 3 was given greenlight) will play a part in it in some manner.

  • les342

    It’s annoying, but as long as I get to eventually see it, I’ll be happy.

  • The Doctor

    God damn it Moffat!

  • Anonymous

    Seriously how long does it take to make 3 shows? The visual effects budget is minimal! The shows are great and all, but it takes way to long between each series.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry, way ‘too’ long.

  • Jevgenija Aleinikova

    I will faithfully wait for the next season. x200 times
    Give me the next season!!! Now!!! x1000000000 times

  • Laura Jefferson

    They didn’t credit the wonderful Barachiki for the picture at the top of this column.

  • Guest

    Do you know how hard it is to find a show with intelligent men, rather men who play intelligent men? All in the name of small hairy men who are fixated on shiny things!

  • Anonymous

    Do you know how hard it is to find a show with intelligent men, rather men who play intelligent men? I hate waiting and what’s worse is that the waiting is all in the name of small hairy men who are fixated on shiny things! LOL