The just-announced third-season U.S. premiere date for “Sherlock” on PBS means it will air two and a half weeks after its airdate in Britain, with season three set to bow in the U.S. Jan. 19, the Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker reports.
The modern-day take on Sherlock Holmes stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictional detective, who was last seen apparently plummeting to his death from a building’s roof. Dr. John Watson, played by Martin Freeman, witnesses his death.
The 18-day gap between the British and U.S. broadcasts of the third-season premiere will invite spoilers, the story notes, but it’s also an improvement on the four-month lag during the second season.
“Series star Cumberbatch has been vocal about his desire for the shows to run concurrently — "it seems churlish, really, to deny savvy ‘Sherlock’ fans,’” the Times notes, citing an interview the actor gave earlier this year.