'Sherlock' season 4 news: next season may be the show's last as demand for Benedict Cumberbatch shows no signs of letting up

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British drama series “Sherlock” has not only been popular in the United Kingdom but also in other countries like the United States. Since its first season, it has opened doors for Benedict Cumberbatch, which eventually led him to land big roles in major movie productions. However, it is now being reported that due to this new found fame and hectic schedule, “Sherlock” is in the brink of its end.

Although the show was green lighted for its fourth season, official news about it is still limited. Although fans will be treated with a holiday special in January, the fate of its main series still lies heavily on the schedule of its two main characters Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays Sherlock Holmes in contemporary times, and Martin Freeman who gives life to Dr. John Watson, Sherlock’s trustee partner.

According to a report by website Movie Pilot, an issue with scheduling started as Cumberbatch’s work lineup begun to pile up. It will be even more difficult to pen in “Sherlock” when the Academy award nominee fully dives in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with his upcoming title role in “Dr. Strange.”

If this is the case, “Sherlock” will need to adjust in order to accommodate Cumberbatch’s schedule, therefore pushing the production of the fourth installment to a later date. Still, there is the option to find a new actor to fill in his role so that the series will continue to have its original roundabout.

However, the TV program’s creator Steven Moffat seemed to be not open with the idea of someone else playing the title role. In an interview with Variety back in October, he compared the show to “Dr Who” and explained that the first show is very character driven. “‘Doctor Who’ is the all-time perfectly evolved television show. It’s a television predator designed to survive any environment because you can replace absolutely everybody. Most shows you can’t do that with. For example, once Benedict Cumberbatch gives up ‘Sherlock,’ what are we going to do? We are going to stop, that’s what we are going to do,” he elaborated. For his part, Cumberbatch  has openly expressed his willingness to do “Sherlock” as long as the show maintains its quality explaining that he loves being in the set and the people he works with.

Meanwhile, fans can indulge themselves while waiting for further news about the show with the Victorian themed special titled “The Abominable Bride.” It will air on BBC One and PBS Masterpiece in January.