Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman have been so busy over the past couple years that I almost forgot we haven’t seen a new episode of Sherlock since May 2012 (January 2012 if you watched the BBC airings). The duo has been so busy that filming on the third season had to be split up in order to accommodate their schedules. But the “high-functioning sociopath” is about to return, and U.S. audiences can set their calendars for January 19th at 10:00pm to watch season three on PBS’ Masterpiece. What’s even crazier is that this means Sherlock will run back-to-back with PBS’ other hugely popular British series, Downton Abbey, which premieres on January 5th. That’s right: PBS of all channels will be a ratings powerhouse on Sunday nights starting in January. That’s insane. It’s great, but insane.
Hit the jump for more details about the BBC air date and episodes from season three.