Sherlock Season 3 Premiere Date Announced, EP Promises 'Jaw-Dropping' Run of Episodes

Sherlock: A Study In PinkDon’t just save this date, lock it into your brain and throw away the key: Sherlock‘s hugely anticipated third season will launch stateside on PBS Masterpiece Sunday, Jan. 19, reports.

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The scheduling move gives PBS a powerful Sunday one-two punch — Fresh installments from Downton Abbey‘s fourth season (bowing Jan. 5) will lead into Sherlock‘s three new episodes.

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EP Rebecca Eaton promises Season 3 will be worth the long wait. “They’re fantastic,” she tells EW. “They are jaw dropping. They are like small movies. Benedict [Cumberbatch] and Martin [Freeman] are so in their Sherlock-Watson groove. They are so comfortable with that relationship it’s like being in the room with them.”

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  1. kd83954 says:

    YES FINALLY!!!!!!

  2. michelle says:

    YEAAAAA!!!! Can’t wait.

  3. LDSK says:

    It has been SherLOCKED into my brain! :-)

  4. kd83954 says:

    Quick question: does the US premiere of Sherlock coincide with the UK premiere? Or will they be shown in the states after they’ve aired in the UK, like Downton Abbey?

  5. Jenny says:

    SOOO excited!!

  6. alistaircrane says:

    On what network does Sherlock air in Canada?

  7. Gwen says:

    This is great news! Now if they could only have more than three episodes per season…

    • Bob says:

      Everyone is too busy, busy, busy to do more episodes. Cumberbatch has his insane movie career now. Freeman is The Hobbit. EP Moffat has Doctor Who and a few other projects.

    • alistaircrane says:

      Considering each episode is 90 minutes, we’re still getting about six episodes’ worth of show. I’d rather have three 90-minute episodes than no episodes at all (2013 has been a rough year with no Sherlock to watch).

  8. Tracey says:

    CAN’T WAIT, CAN’T WAIT, CAN’T WAIT!!!!!! Did I mention I can’t wait?? So excited for this!!!

  9. alistaircrane says:

    I just read on another site that PBS edits the episodes down. Is this true?

    • Quinn Mallory says:

      I don’t know if they do it all the time, but for the very first episode of series 2, they apparently cut down one scene because smoking was involved.

    • jb says:

      PBS has done it with more than one show, sometimes with whole scenes and sometimes with bits and pieces of scenes.

    • Red says:

      Yes, they do. For example, in Hounds in season 2, they cut out the scene that revealed to the audience immediately that Sherlock was manipulating Watson’s experience in the lab from the control room.

  10. Quinn Mallory says:

    More excited to know when it will be released on the Internet, I mean UK.

  11. GeoDiva says:

    Looking forward to finding out how Sherlock survived the fall.

  12. bobbie says:

    Yay! Good news!

  13. Rich Abey says:

    Sherlock is back!! Shout out to the rest of the world! Happiest I’ve been since the ‘Castle’ Season 6 premiere :)

  14. Britta Unfiltered says:

    Oh, Jan. 19th, that’s not too far off. That should be around the same time Justified is premiering, so it will be a good month.

  15. Susan says:

    This means that Downton Abbey only has two episodes – 1/5 and 1/12.

  16. maryrm says:

    The PBS (WNED) that is shown in Toronto isn’t carrying Sherlock on Sunday night and doesn’t come up in a search. WGBH is showing as carrying it but we don’t get it. What gives?

  17. Janice McGrachan says:

    When is Sherlock, Season 3 coming to Toronto???! I was so looking forward to seeing it after Downton Abbey last night. Why did we get something from 1998 instead???!!!