‘Sherlock’ Season 3 Start Date Pushed Back; May Not Premiere Until 2014

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:28 pm,

sherlock season 2 delay Sherlock Season 3 Start Date Pushed Back; May Not Premiere Until 2014

Fans of the BBC’s runaway hit Sherlock (a modernization of author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes franchise) have been eagerly anticipating a third season since the cliff-hanger ending to the season two finale, “The Reichenbach Fall”. Co-creator Steven Moffat dosed that fire with more fuel a few months ago, when he announced a three-word tease hinting at which stories from Doyle’s source material are going to serve as the basis for each of the season’s three 90-minute episodes.

Sherlock Season 3′s planned premiere date changed from ‘When We’re Ready’ to Fall 2013, after Moffat dropped that juicy tidbit. Unfortunately, the latest reports indicate that date has been moved back due to scheduling issues – namely, those resulting from the newfound popularity of the show’s stars, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

Now, any Sherlock fan worth their salt knows that the show/mini-series’ principal players (Moffat, Cumberbatch, Freeman) are very busy men. Moffat is currently serving as the showrunner for Doctor Who, which Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss writes for (in addition to making occasional onscreen appearance). Not to mention, it wasn’t that long ago that Cumberbatch wrapped his still-mysterious villain role in Star Trek Into Darkness and shot a supporting role in Steven McQueen’s true-story slavery drama Twelve Years a Slave; similarly, Freeman finished the first chunk of principal photography on Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy this summer.

EW says the production start date for Sherlock season 3 has been postponed until March 2013, meaning the show won’t be hitting the BBC until late 2013 (with PBS airing the series in early 2014). No specific schedule conflict is cited in that report, but – in appropriate Sherlock-ian stye – it’s easy to deduce what other projects could be responsible for the delay.

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For starters, Edgar Wright is currently shooting The World’s End (which Freeman appears in) and additional photography for the third Hobbit movie will be taking place in the near future; not only for scenes that feature Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, but possibly more studio recording work for Cumberbatch (who is playing Smaug the dragon via motion-capture and voicing The Necromancer). Speaking of the latter: he’s prepping to appear in Monty Python alum Terry Jones’ fantasy comedy Absolutely Anything and will be portraying Julian Assange in director Bill Condon’s Wikileaks not too long after Sherlock S3 begins shooting.

As far as fans should be concerned, though, it’s just business-as-usual behind the scenes on Sherlock. That is, production on the show will be fit around its leads’ jam-packed schedules, as BBC heads want the series to return to the air sooner, rather than later (in part, to take advantage of its increase in popularity over the past year). However, there’s no indication that anything from the writing to the filming process is being rushed, in order to reach a pre-established deadline; the show will be given its customary amount of development time – but the wait will be a little longer than many (okay, everyone) would like.

More on season three of Sherlock as the story develops.


Source: EW

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  1. Outrageous!! “OCCUPY BBC”, anyone?

    • Yes let’s occupy bbc :D

  2. Again delayed!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Although BBC is by far my favourite British network, this several delays, that may reach 1 year now until the premier is completely unacceptable showing nothing more then incompetence and managerial impotence

    • PLZ STOP DELAYING U ARE LOSING a lot of fans!!!!!

      • m upset they delayed it, but who would leave a show like this for a reason like that?

    • Yes, let’s go BBC, et al I am getting a little tired of waiting!

    • Are u kidding me… Read the article. Both of these actors are staring in the films of their lives. I think this show is fantastic but come on. A box office top seller and you go do this show before those films… Unthinkable.

      • How does one stare in a film of one’s life?

  3. This is the BBC we are talking about, correct? Managerially incompetent impotence is their hallmark. After they wasted the blockbuster cast of Spooks (replacing almost everyone by Series 3), it was clear to me that their lack of ability is astounding. Watching them fritter away Sherlock, due to their lack of foresight, is just history repeating itself. To say that the show has been delayed due to “… resulting from the newfound popularity of the show’s stars” is a little disingenuous. Their popularity was locked with the second episode of Series 1, which is when the five year deals should have been issued (with serious pay bumps for all three, well actually four, since the music is what takes it from great to instant classic).

    So, sit back an wait. Considering they are saying this will be the last season, I am content in the knowledge that they will be making properly. All because the BBC refuses to sign long-term contracts, or shoot a regular length of episodes per year (every year). My guess is that this somehow gets around certain union rules that they prefer not to deal with. Still, it is a shame that talent like this is wasted so often by the BBC and their six hours per year (maximum, if lucky) policy. Could it be a ploy to not be too popular?

  4. Season three of Sherlock should be on tv in late 2013 or early 2014 they are currently filming now the delay was that both freeman and cumberback. We’re filming movies

  5. Omg that was sooooo amazing! :D cant believe i missed it when it was on tele <3

  6. I’m absolutely outraged that the third season has been delayed yet AGAIN!, I’ve been waiting patiently for the new season to come on TV, because I’m sure we all want to know what happened to Sherlock and John after the “funeral”, this is taking the bloody piss though!, air it ASAP BBC! I’m really not happy about this one little bit!!:@

  7. This show is the best show I have ever seen. The actors are AMAZING, the storyline is fantastic, the cliff hangers make my heart stop…. Ugh! So good! I just can’t wait until the 3rd season! It’s been too long! Benedict, Martin…. You guys are awesome! You’re my idols! Love you both so much! This show is phenomenal.

  8. remember these are 90 mins episodes not like doctor who like 45 mins. I estimate filming sherlock would be around 2 months per episode, so thats 6 months (if i’m wrong please correct me), considering other projects they are attached to its hard to schedule. They weren’t going to start filming season 3 straight after showing season 2 like the americans do

  9. AAAAAH Aaaargh! I need the next series ASAP. I will explode if I wait any longer. BBC should have started filming straightaway, because otherwise the viewers woulc have been biting their nails to shreds!!!!

  10. Discovered this show during the summer when I got sick of the regular fluff n stuff on u.s. tv. Really great show, too bad there are so few with no replacements for awhile. I guess I’ll check out Dr. Who. Any other suggetions?

    • Try ‘Whitechapel’ if you’re into contemporary British crime/drama. As it was made by a commercial TV company (rather than the BBC) you will find that their seasons arrive on time – as promised.

      For the non-UK readers, we (as UK residents) have to pay the BBC a compulsory annual licence fee (currently £145 or $225), whether we watch BBC channels or not, purely because our TV is capable of receiving their signals, which they can then squander in any typically bloated corporation way they see fit. Shows are then sold to other countries, and you get to see them for free.

      So you can guess from this that we get doubly racked off when they don’t delivery the goods due to their lack of foresight and incompetence.

    • I’m about to start Merlin. I’ve been told it is good :)

    • I suggest doctor who, downtown abbey, and Merlin
      If your into into food shows, cake boss, cupcake wars, top chef masters, top chef and chopped

  11. This is one of the best Sherlock Holmes shows I have ever watched. It needs to come back with more. I will be looking for it. I loved it.

  12. This series has literally reduced me to tears, from it’s cliff hanger, to the things said at the last episode. It shall be a long wait but in the end it’s all worth it, waiting a few months isn’t that bad! Thank you for the update on Sherlock and I hope we shall all get an official date soon.

    • I agree, Molly. I would rather wait for awesome, movie quality shows, than have a rushed job that is disappointing. I have enjoyed each one tremendously. I actually think they could not have cast anyone better. Love Molly the coroner and the development of her character.

  13. The reasons in the story seem perfectly reasonable. Is it awful that we have to wait longer? Absolutely! However, things come up for all of us that forces us to push back some of our activities. That is just life. So until this fantabulous show airs, Stay calm and watch seasons 1 and 2 again! :)

  14. Breathe, people, just breathe. All will come in good time ;) It’s worth waiting for isn’t it?!

  15. At least there is only a few more months that we have to wait. bummer

  16. Fromthe current listings in IMDB it looks like they’re showing them over the Christmas break (2013, 2013, 2014) which makes sense although frustrating after listing it for late October. If filming is complete then that will hopefully lock the dates down some more. Just have to spend the next 3 months rewatching the last two series and coming up with new ridiculous theories for Sherlock’s miraculous survival.

  17. As much as I want it to come back already (which is an awful lot) at least the delay means I can get my assignments in on time

  18. PLEASE stop delaying!!!!!!!!! My husband and I love this show and miss it so very much. I just don’t understand ;(

  19. Pfff, I’m kind of relieved. I thought Sherlock was all gone. But well.. I think I can wait for season 3 then. And does Benedict play Smaug? Wow! Even MORE reasons to go see Hobbit 2 when it comes out. CAN’T WAIT. Thank you folks.

  20. Well, they still just can let cumberbatch die after the fall in Season 2 and start a new Holmes series with the new scripts.