‘Sherlock’ Season 3 Will Film In 2013

As U.S. fans await the second season premiere, the BBC reveals a long wait ahead for the third season.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Earlier this year, "Sherlock" ran its long awaited second season in the United Kingdom, while we in the United States will have to wait until May for the show to return to PBS. And it looks like an even longer wait lies ahead for the promised third season.

While speaking to BBC's Ariel Magazine, "Sherlock" executive producer Beryl Vertue revealed that "Sherlock" season 3 will begin filming in early 2013. However, Vertue did not confirm an air date for the third season. The first season of "Sherlock" debuted in July 2010 and the second season premiered in January 2012, leading some observers to speculate that another 18 month gap between seasons could place the third season in the summer of 2013.

Based upon Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's great detective, "Sherlock" updates the stories to the modern day under the stewardship of Steven Moffat ("Doctor Who") and Mark Gatiss ("The League of Gentlemen"); with Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson.

Both lead actors have been in high demand since "Sherlock" became an international hit, with Cumberbatch currently filming the "Star Trek" sequel while starring as the villain and Freeman taking the title role in "The Hobbit;" which will also feature Cumberbatch as the Dragon Smaug and the Necromancer.

"Sherlock" season 2 will make its American debut on Sunday, May 6 on PBS. There is also the strong possibility that CBS will go forward with its own modern update of Sherlock Holmes; which is called "Elementary." Controversially, "Elementary" relocates Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) to New York, where he will team up with Dr. Joan Watson, as played by Lucy Liu.

If "Elementary" becomes a weekly series on CBS, who wants to bet that their Holmes and Watson will be in a romance before "Sherlock" season 3 comes back? Lay down your wagers in the comment section below!