While there has yet to be an official “Sherlock” season 4 renewal, it is worth saying yet again right now that there is no reason to doubt that this show will be around a very long time.
During the PBS panel at the TCA Winter Press Tour this week, Benedict Cumberbatch was front and center to ask many questions about show, even in the midst of an awards season schedule thanks to his role in “12 Years a Slave.” He was witty and engaging to the crowd, and he actually offered up a pretty interesting reason as to why he wanted to stick around on the show for some time: It helps to keep the rest of his year planned out properly:
“I’m fine with it. I’m going to keep going with it. It’s a schedule-providing thing… I love it. I find it very invigorating.”
Co-creator Steven Moffat also joked at the panel that they will continue to do the show until Cumberbatch gets “too famous,” which is something that seems to happen with him more and more every week.
The reason that we are so hopeful about the future of this series is thanks at least in part to what Benedict said here, which is similar to what we have heard Josh Radnor say in the past about “How I Met Your Mother.” When you work on other things, it is nice to have this sort of job to provide structure. Plus, the great thing about “Sherlock” is that it is not a show that demands half of a year from you every year. Instead, it’s whenever you want to make it, and there are no rules necessitating that you have to even film all three episodes in succession. It’s the freest show on TV in that regard, and having only two major stars in Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman also makes it somewhat easier to arrange. Given his status as the other creator, Mark Gatiss is also going to be around anytime with his services.
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