'Sherlock' Season 4 News: How Soon Will Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman Series Return To PBS?

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While fans have the recently-aired Sherlock: The Abominable Bride to be excited about, the series won't be back with new episodes for about one year.

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Sherlock fans eagerly awaiting new content from their favorite series were treated to the holiday special The Abominable Bride on New Year's Day. While it was fun to see Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Watson (Martin Freeman) in old Victorian garb in the special, the series is returning to the present for season 4.

But the series won't be back until around this time next year. PBS president Paula Kerger spoke on the return of Sherlock at the TCA press tour recently.

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"We do have the next Sherlock announced, that is coming up about a year from now," she confirmed to Zap2It.

Further expanding upon the big time gaps between seasons, Kerger noted how big of a star Cumberbatch has become.

"As you know, Benedict has gotten to be somewhat popular since we began our work with him," Kerger said, "and he very much wants to continue with Sherlock. As you know, they are produced almost like films, and we're hoping the next one will be about a year from now."

So fans should probably expect a January 2017 premiere for Sherlock season 4. This time of year is around when season 3 premiered on PBS back in 2014.

Very little has been revealed about the upcoming fourth season, though creators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat are currently hard at work banging out the scripts.

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