After months...and months...and months of waiting, today American Sherlockians are finally one step closer to season three. Stateside fans, mark your calendars for Jan. 19, 2014!
Entertainment Weekly learned the news on Wednesday and was able to confirm that the hit show will be returning to PBS for three Sundays in January at 10 p.m. ET as part of the channel's Masterpiece series. Even better if you're also into Downton Abbey: the hugely popular period drama, which returns to PBS for season four on Jan. 5, will be aired right before Sherlock for back-to-back Brit goodness.
If you're skeptical over the date because of the spate of false rumors that have swirled over the last several months (which is totally understandable), you can put your fears to rest. Sherlock producer and wife of co-creator Steven Moffat himself Sue Vertue confirmed the news for one doubting fan on Twitter, simply responding with "believe!" So believe we shall.
Oddly enough, the Sherlock premiere date for the U.K. has yet to revealed. Some fans have been hoping for a simultaneous airing in the U.S. and U.K., which would help eliminate spoilers, but the show is highly likely to be aired through BBC One in Britain first.
Vertue also released a statement saying "We promise our fans that Season 3 is worth waiting for.” BuzzFeed's Ellie Hall perfectly paraphrased the feelings of the Sherlock fandom, writing "“It better be,” said the show’s fans." Given the show's massive popularity and affectionate following, though, there's not much reason to worry.
The last new Sherlock episode aired on Jan. 15, 2012, meaning fans have had to endure a two-year wait between seasons. That's not quite as long as the three years John Watson waited before Sherlock returned in Conan Doyle's stories, but it's most definitely felt like it.