"Sherlock" Season 3 will be hitting television screens in January of 2014. Typically, there is a lag between when the show airs in the UK and the US, but this time around, the delay will be minimal--19 days, to be exact. "We are trying with "Sherlock" to line up them up [the U.K. and U.S. runs] more closely so there isn't such a wait for the rabid fans who we aren't sure would wait," says Hoppe. "We had evidence that while there was some griping in the press, the Downton fans were OK [with the gap] and showed up for season three in a big way. So the time to build the buzz between the U.K. broadcast and our broadcast really worked for us."
In the US, PBS will air the first episode on Jan. 19 at 10 PM after "Downton Abbey." "To be able to have two things at the same time that are both incredibly buzzy is exciting for us," says PBS programming chief Beth Hoppe. "The "Sherlock" audience is a crazy loyal audience. We certainly expect that loyal viewership back. If it grows from there, it will be gravy." In the UK, the first episode of "Sherlock" will air on New Years Day, Jan. 1, 2014 at 9 PM local time with the next two episodes airing on Jan. 5 and Jan. 12, respectively. That said, there is a little extra "Sherlock" as BBC will be airing a special mini episode on Christmas Day, Dec. 25.
The newly announced Christmas special, which was confirmed by BBC One, has been titled "Many Happy Returns" and will be available to viewers with BBC's Red Button service and online on Dec. 25, 2013. "Sherlock has been gone for 2 years. But someone isn't quite convinced that he's dead...," reads the synopsis for the "Sherlock" mini episode. If you've been keeping up with spoilers, then chances are that you know that Dr. Watson will be learning that Sherlock is alive. It is being speculated that the mini episode will show the reunion of Sherlock and Watson, so that the first three episodes can jump into a mystery, typical "Sherlock" style.
"It's when John and Sherlock meet again. I think that's the showstopper," said "Sherlock" co-creator Mark Gatiss, adding that the season will show how the friendship has changed with Watson getting married. "It's a long, complicated, emotional journey, and extremely funny." What's more, Gatiss hints that Season 3 will end with a cliffhanger that will keep fans on the edge of their seats. You'll be watching the end of the last episode thinking, 'They wouldn't stop it there?!'" hinted Moffat. "'They wouldn't stop it there?! Oh my God, they wouldn't stop it there?!'"