According to reports (via Deadline), “Sherlock” stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are finally back on the set for a table read with the third season scheduled to begin filming next Monday. Production of the third season was pushed back from January because Cumberbatch was filming the Wikileaks movie, The Fifth Estate and Freeman was busy with the third Hobbit film.
The high demand for both Cumberbatch and Freeman also necessitated another scheduled break for “Sherlock’s” production cycle. The first two 90 minute episodes of season 3 will be filmed back-to-back before a hiatus over the summer in order to allow the two stars to get back to their film commitments. The third and final episode of the season will be filmed after the break.
Deadline is also reporting that Jeremy Lovering and Colm McCarthy are set to direct two of the three “Sherlock” episodes this season, with the third director currently unannounced.
“Sherlock” Season 3 is expected to debut on BBC One this winter, but a U.S. premiere could be pushed back into 2014, since PBS rarely airs international programs concurrently with their home country.