Andrew Scott will return as Moriarty on Jan. 19, 2014 to finish telling the tale of the "death" of Holmes as PBS gets the jump on the BBC in announcing the start date for the wildly anticipated third season of 'Sherlock.'
The premiere of 'Sherlock' season 3 will at long last answer how Holmes faked his death after jumping off a very tall building's roof. The agony ends for American TV viewers - after two years of waiting - on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 at 9 p.m. CST/10 p.m. EST. Moriarty was rubbed out by his own hand the last time we saw him in the last episode of season 2, but as set photos from April of this year have shown he will be back in what is a probable recreation of how it all went down between the master criminal and the master detective.
Moriarty is DEFINITELY dead as Scott reiterated yet again in an interview at the London Film Festival premiere of his film with Tom Hardy, 'Locke,' this past weekend. His presence in the first episode of the new season does not mean a resurrection for the character.
For the very first time American television viewers will know the start date for 'Sherlock' before the British television audience. The networks have done their best to close the gap in an effort to bring the seasons more in alignment so as to avoid spoilers being revealed months in advance courtesy of the Internet. Fans have long asked for it, and even Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock himself, has lobbied for the change. The BBC has the "first window" so it will air there before it does here, but with much less of a space.
PBS is coming out swinging on Sunday nights with the other worldwide smash, 'Downton Abbey' premiering its fourth season directly preceding 'Sherlock.' The back-to-back, one-two punch of British television should prove a game-changer for PBS as they battle for even more viewers against weakened networks.