Sherlock, Benedict Cumberbatch


There's lots to celebrate in the world of Sherlock. Benedict Cumberbatch received an Emmy nomination for Lead Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie. The TV movie in question, Sherlock: The Abominable Bride, also picked up an Emmy nomination for Outstanding TV Movie and nods for cinematography, visual effects, sound mixing and sound editing. And then there's the fact that the series of episodes in production now could be the last. Wait, what? That's not something to celebrate.

"I don't know how long we can keep it going. I'm personally willing but I'm hardly the main draw," co-creator, writer and executive producer Steven Moffat told The Telegraph. "I would be moderately surprised if this was the last time we ever made this show. But it absolutely could be."

OK, let's not panic too much. Moffat said he'd be surprised if it was the last time, but it "absolutely could be." Little bit of a loaded statement there, but OK, we're dealing.

Obviously Cumberbatch, who is joining the Marvel universe as Dr. Stephen Strange in Doctor Strange, and Martin Freeman, who is already part of the Marvel universe as Everett K. Ross, have burgeoning film careers, so Moffat added the show could be put on hold for some time, but picked back up down the line.

"That's why I think it's unlikely that we've completely finished it. There would be nothing strange in stopping for a while," he said. "It could go on forever, coming back now and again."

The official Sherlock Twitter account also shared the above photo of Sherlock and a new pal, a bloodhound. Match made in heaven?

Cumberbatch has been filming new adventures as Sherlock Holmes since the spring of 2016. Freeman is also back in the fold as Dr. John Watson. The new season will be three episodes. Look for Watson and his lady, Mary (Amanda Abbington), to prepare for parenthood and "laughter, tears, shocks, surprises and extraordinary adventures," PBS and Masterpiece said in a release when production began.

"Sherlock series four—here we go again! Whatever else we do, wherever we all go, all roads lead back to Baker Street, and it always feels like coming home," Moffat said in a statement. "Ghosts of the past are rising in the lives of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson and terror and tragedy are looming. This is the story we've been telling from the beginning and it's about to reach its climax."

No premiere date for the new batch of episodes has been announced.

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