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


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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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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."