While this news actually broke a couple of days ago, it’s still sure to put a smile on your face: The excellent BBC series Sherlock will indeed be coming back for a third season. The second season of the show recently came to a conclusion in the UK, and shortly afterward the show’s creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss took to Twitter to announce that a third season was actually commissioned at the same time as the second (cheeky bastards).
I absolutely loved the first season of the series, and stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are outstanding. The show is incredibly entertaining (moreso than Guy Ritchie‘s films, in my opinion) and masterfully written. The second season hasn’t aired here in the States yet, but Steve has seen the season’s three episodes and said that the second season finale is the best installment of the show so far. Hit the jump for more.
There’s no word on when production of season three would begin, but Cumberbatch and Freeman are deservedly becoming quite in-demand at the moment. Freeman and Cumberbatch both star in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit as Bilbo and Smaug, respectively. In addition to the monster work (which will be done via motion-capture), Cumberbatch just began filming the high-profile villain role in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek sequel.
Needless to say, it’s going to be tough to find time in both actors’ schedules to film three 90-minute episodes for the third season. Given their sudden decreased availability and the penchant for UK shows to end after a couple of seasons, I would expect season three to be the last of Sherlock. Season two of the show will premiere on PBS in America on May 6th. If you haven’t yet seen the show, I highly suggest you watch the first season (three 90-minutes episodes) on Netflix Instant Watch immediately. Here’s a trailer for season two.