‘Sherlock’ Headed to Comic-Con 2013; Season 3 Will Premiere on PBS in 2014

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In certain circles, anticipation is off the charts for the third season of the BBC’s Sherlock, the contemporary TV mini-series take on the Sherlock Holmes franchise from co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss (the current head showrunner and staff writer on Doctor Who, respectively). The season 3 premiere will reteam Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness) and Martin Freeman (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson, with a new adventure that picks up some time following the cliffhanger ending to the season 2 finale “The Reichenbach Fall.”

Unsurprisingly, given the show’s runaway success in the geek community, Sherlock has been confirmed for a panel at the 2013 International Comic-Con in San Diego later this month. This scoop comes from EW‘s James Hibberd, who is also going to be moderating the Sherlock Comic-Con panel this year.

Freeman will not be in attendance at the Sherlock Comic-Con 2013 panel – due to the ongoing pick-up shoots for the second and third Hobbit installments – nor will Cumberbatch, who has more than half a dozen films arriving in the next two years and will voice/portray via mo-cap the titular dragon in The Desolation of Smaug. Sherlock producer Sue Vertue will be present, along with Moffat and Gatiss (the latter also plays Sherlock’s brother Mycroft on the show). Chances are, one of the “surprises” at the event will be footage from the season three premiere, “The Empty Hearse,” since filming wrapped on that episode earlier this year.

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“The Empty Hearse” will air on the BBC sometime later this year, possibly as soon as October 2013. Meanwhile, EW has confirmed that the third season will premiere on PBS in early 2014, maybe by January 2014. In addition, Sherlock is going to make history, as the first PBS series to ever have a Comic-Con panel (going back to when the annual convention began its run 44 years ago).

It’s a safe bet that the Sherlock producers will refuse to answer or shed much light on the many lingering questions that fans have been waiting to see explained in the third season. That includes the secret behind how Sherlock is still alive, in addition to those rumors – which seem closer to being unconfirmed facts right now – about how the super-sleuth will have competition for Watson’s attention in the future.


Keep you eyes peeled for Screen Rant‘s coverage of the Sherlock panel, once the 2013 International Comic-Con gets underway in a couple weeks on July 18th.

Source: EW

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  1. OMG YES!!!!

  2. Easily one of the best shows on television.

  3. Easily one of the best shows on television. Cumberbatch is a God.

    • Said it twice for emphasis! (Any mods feel free to delete one of these double posts)


  5. Can’t wait for season 3 to show up on Netflix !!!!!!!!!!!

  6. I hope they show a trailer at comic con!

  7. The best version of Holmes on television since Jeremy Brett. I can’t wait to watch.

  8. I doubt they’ll be showing any footage of the upcoming series to the Americans before us British fans see it first.

  9. so overrated doesnt like it at all, there are far better english detectives on television.

  10. So how did he not die at the end? Like really? Love this show but, how?

  11. Loved the series. Could never get into Elementary though, not that it wasn’t good but it seems to me that it tries to hard to be edgy which isn’t necessary. A female Moriarty WHY?. A female WATSON (Ok Lucy Lui is good in the role). A transgendered Ms/Mr Hudson WHY!. If the only way for a series to be a success nowadays in the States, is too make it edgy and shocking, then doesn’t that in itself become a trope or cliche. I remember when Nip/Tuck came out and (yea it was initially a good series) but then all of a sudden in order to grab viewers really became so far out there that it became a bad joke.

    What BBC did was retain what makes Holmes Holmes. They didn’t make a female Watson or make Moriarty a woman. Granted they took some licenses but they retained enough of Sherlock Holmes to make it cool, without having to resort to using gimmicks to snare the viewer. Ok, granted, the Irene Adler character being a bisexual dominatrix was a bit of stretch but the character worked (I suppose. Though some won’t agree with me).

    • Elementary updates a more canonical Holmes to the present day. But Elementary did a fantastic job with its clever re-imagining on the characters.

      I enjoy both shows. But I really love the American version’s take on Watson and Moriarty. I’ll take it over what Sherlock did any day.

      • Well that’s your own opinion don’t it? So please don’t say what you like. I would like this subject to remain unbiased

  12. Why are there so few episodes? Is it a British thing?

    Thank goodness for Independence Day or else we would never get enough TV. :)

    • LOL! I don’t think it’s a British thing, just a Moffat/Gatiss thing…

  13. You really don’t know how good this show is until you see it. I’m sure there are outsiders who are skeptical of those of us who drool over Sherlock so readily, but the show is so beyond fantastic, its simply perfect. Notice how when Martin Freeman, star of THE HOBBIT, one of the most famous stories ever and biggest movies in recent years, and whenever people talk to him, they only want to know about “Sherlock”.

  14. Thank god ive been saving the final episode for a year i love this show but it takes so long for new episodes to come out its very cruel of them to do thus to us lol