'Sherlock' Season 3: Production begins, filming starts next week
Production on this third season had been delayed due to the film commitments of its stars Benedict Cumberbatch ( "Star Trek into Darkness," "The Fifth Estate") and Martin Freeman ( "The Hobbit" trilogy). Originally scheduled to begin in January 2013, "Sherlock" will now film two episodes of the season in the spring with a third planned for the end of the summer. The BBC has not announced when it will air this presumed final season of the Emmy-nominated show.
"Sherlock" is a modern update of the classic "Sherlock Holmes" stories. Set in present-day London, the stories follow Holmes (Cumberbatch) and Watson (Freeman) through a series of bizarre and complicated cases.
The individual stories -- essentially shot as two-hour films -- are all loosely based on the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle but consistently take a modern view of things. Sherlock, for example, is a genius who is widely considered to be either a sociopath or an Aspberger's case. Watson, meanwhile, is a former military doctor who now keeps a blog detailing the great detective's exploits.
With the rising status of the show's stars and a disturbingly final Season 2 finale (in which Holmes convincingly fakes his own death), no one expected a quick return for "Sherlock" Season 3. Now we at least know that it will come eventually.