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Benedict Cumberbatch is looking out for his United States fans. At a Star Trek Into Darkness red carpet event, the actor revealed he’s trying to get Sherlock series 3 to air in the U.S. and U.K. simultaneously.

Sherlock series 1 and 2 aired in the United States on PBS several months after their premieres in the United Kingdom. Most U.S. Sherlock fans who are internet savvy decided that instead of waiting, thus find themselves getting spoiled on Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook, they would just download the show illegally.

“I’m here literally on a mad two day break from [filming Sherlock],” Cumberbatch says in a video interview with VH1. “I’m in the middle of the second episode of the third season. It’s going great, it’s a great treat in store for you. Hopefully we’re going to broadcast it simultaneously at home and in the United States by the end of the year, I’m hoping. That is a hope we talked about a while ago.”

Cumberbatch proceeded to share an e-mail address of a woman at WGBH Boston who’s “trying to make it happen as well.”

Airing the show in the U.S. and U.K. is more important than ever because the Sherlock series 3 premiere will very likely explain how Sherlock survived the fall that we see him take during the series 2 finale. That critical piece of information will almost certainly be spoiled all over the internet as soon as it airs.

Cumberbatch stars in Star Trek Into Darkness which opens in United States theaters this Wednesday and Thursday.

  • http://twitter.com/madge_witt Madge Witt

    Bless you, Benedict.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dlmarvin05 Dominique Marvin

      very thoughtful of him for sure!

  • Gina Nicole

    I love this man….HE CARES!

  • kburford

    benedict. is. wonderful.

    At least someone can see how much better it would be for both the audience and network to air the show simultaneously. There is absolutely no way I would wait to see it once it has premiered in the UK as I would surely be spoiled.

    His persistence in this cause gets me more excited for season 3 since his passion in having fans witness his survival of ‘the fall’ without the suspense being ruined, can only mean that the reasoning and outcome must be brilliant!

  • http://twitter.com/StarkidSims Simone

    Awww sweet of him :)

  • Ailie

    My hero. Thank you Ben! Oh, I hope they get them to air at the same time!

  • Winkyxx

    Ben, USA loves you!

  • SnatcherGirl

    You just had to use that photo >.<

  • http://ravenclaw1991.tumblr.com/ ravenclaw1991

    Just when you think its not possible to love him more than you already do, he does something like this! Oh my god. Thank you for trying to do this, Benedict!

  • SherlockUSA

    YES. YES!!!!!! There couldn’t be better news! This just made my life!!

  • Christian

    I just don’t think people would let it happen, a lot of Americans like Elementary.

    • SherlockUSA

      Hahaha…. Never heard of that show and I’m from America… SHERLOCK ALL THE WAY.

      • SpiritWitch120

        It’s basically the American version of Sherlock.

        • http://twitter.com/AntaraC Antara Chowdhury

          It’s really not at all. I watch both shows, and they’re completely different. Elementary is an adaption of Sherlock, but it’s not an adaption of BBC Sherlock. It’s not the same thing as when they made a U.S. version of Skins.

    • Hermaj

      Ew, is all I have to say about Elementary. They completely missed the point.

    • joughin

      I regard Elementary as entirely different. I watch both, and like Sherlock far more to be honest ….

  • http://blackrapture.tumblr.com/ thegoodshipdestiel

    Cumberbatch has our back! I will get it simultaneously either way haha but it is nice that he is looking out for the US fans.

  • morgen71

    Thank you SO MUCH, Benedict!

  • Glaciusx

    YOU ARE A BEAUTIFUL ANGEL FOR THIS, BENNY. <3

    • http://twitter.com/thejasonology Jason L.

      “I may be on the side of angels, but don’t think for a second that I am one of them.”

      :)

      • SherlockUSA

        You just made my day.

        • Glaciusx

          I’m glad to hear that. :)

      • Glaciusx

        Yaay, you got the reference! ;)

      • Stacy Hurt

        Best line ever!

  • Guest

    Although I do agree that this would be a good idea, it’s nice that the UK gets to have something first for a change. America seems to get everything these days, even most of the competitions on here do not allow us from the UK to enter which seriously sucks. I wish American actors and broadcasters were as thoughtful as us British folk. :/

    • confused

      I feel very little pity for you…sorry. But all I love British television, and I cant even get BBC America, so all I have are really bad reruns of worthless shows that have no plot…and some good ones, but not many. Why would you even want to try out for these shows anyway, doesnt Britian have is own, which are also extreamely popular and the winners end up pretty successful??

      • Charlie

        I’m pretty sure by ‘competitions’ they were referring to competitions run here on this website.
        Obviously the UK has loads of contest shows (Britian’s Got Talent, The X Factor, The Voice etc.) (although we also get reruns of American ones sometimes). Though I wouldn’t say the winners end up successful, usually. In The X Factor most of the winners disappear into nowhere, and its really only been for the past few series that the runner’s up have achieved success. BGT is kind of a mixed bag. The Voice’s winner hasn’t even put an album out, I don’t think.

    • WillowBlood

      Really? I’ve always thought it was the other way around. Then again, the only British TV shows I watch are Doctor Who, Sherlock, and Downton Abbey, and both Sherlock and Downton air later in the U.S. than the U.K.

    • humanbeing

      Well, I have to say that the trend has definitely shifted in the last few years or so. A number of huge movies opened weeks or sometimes an entire month earlier in the U.K. and the rest of Europe before they did in the U.S. (and these were films funded by U.S. companies). For example, a number of films were released early in the U.K. because of fears that once the World Cup began for football (soccer) British audiences would be too busy with that to go see a movie (whereas the World Cup and soccer in general isn’t nearly as big here in America). In recent weeks both Iron Man 3 and the latest Star Trek film were released to the international audience before they were released here (Star Trek doesn’t come out until this weekend here, but it’s already been released in the U.K., meaning that U.S. audiences have to avoid spoilers about a U.S. film that was financed by a U.S. company). Imagine Britain putting up money for a show like Doctor Who or Sherlock, using British labor and British actors for the production, and then allowing an American audience to see the show not only simultaneously, but weeks ahead of the British audience?

      For many, many years Doctor Who aired in the U.K. months and months before it aired here in the U.S. (I think U.S. audiences had to wait almost a year to even see the first season of the rebooted version by Russell T. Davies). But that makes sense; it’s a British production, they should get first dibs if anyone should, and I suppose the same goes for Sherlock. However, networks here in America went out of their way to eventually ensure that spoiler-heavy American television shows like Lost and Heroes went out to U.K. audiences almost simultaneously with American audiences. So please don’t knock American actors and broadcasters not being “thoughtful” based on an assumption, because you’re not looking at all the facts :)

      • Charlie

        As a someone who lives in the UK, I do think we get kind of a mixed bag when it comes to getting American shows and movies. On the one hand we have simultaneous/ near simultaneous releases for some shows and movies, which is cool, and good for people who like to talk about them on the internet. On the other hand, we sometimes only get them several months, or even a couple of years, behind the States. This is a kid’s channel example, but its been over a year since The Legend of Korra aired in America, and Nickelodeon UK haven’t even aired any promos for it yet. It’s not like they have an abundance of new programming anyway. Disney and Pixar movies usually don’t come out until 2-4 months after their American releases. Sometimes we get shows so late that the announcement that it’s been cancelled comes a few weeks before it airs. Sometimes we don’t get shows at all, even if they last for multiple series.
        Sometimes the reasoning behind this makes a bit of sense, like delaying a movie release by a couple of weeks so it’s on during the school holidays. But a lot of the time it seems completely pointless, especially when the UK gets an already English-language movie months after its been released in other languages. Considering how easy it is to download shows/ movies off the internet these days, making people wait longer just seems like a stupid idea.
        But I don’t think it’s fair to want Americans to have to wait too. Ideally everyone would get stuff at roughly the same time. It is slightly irritating though.

    • SnatcherGirl

      In my opinion this isn’t a question of fairness, but economical efficiency (though it’s true the two often go in opposite directions). It’s simply more of an economically beneficial choice to air the show in the US at the same time as the UK and vice versa. When movies, TV shows, music, etc. is released at different times around the world, people pirate, and then don’t tune in when the product actually comes around. I can only think of how many American viewers Merlin has lost this year due to poor broadcasting company decisions (and for the last season, too!).
      And honestly, this is one of the few cases when what is efficient is also “fair.” It’s not about British or American folk being more popular (a silly argument anyway) – It’s about getting highly demanded content delivered in a timely manner. Sherlock has become highly popular in the States and UK, and this is one of the few cases in which it would be extremely beneficial for the producers AND consumers for the content to be released at the same time.
      Just my two cents. Can you tell I have an economics AP test tomorrow?

    • frumpyoldbrits

      UK has most shows first, since the US tends to parrot them (The Office, Who wants …, and so on), and you British folk are only looking to be simultaneous due to the almighty dollar/pound, no one is fooled otherwise, and trying to turn it around like this is just strange. Looking forward to Season Three

  • guest

    I knew I loved him for a reason…(well, a reason beyond him being just the cutest thing ever, a brilliant actor, and simply amazing)…Oh, I hope it happens, otherwise, all of the Americans will just illegally download it. Including me, and that always makes me feel a bit guilty.

    • SherlockUSA

      Where do u download it from…?

  • Jenks

    And what are the chances Australian networks will be like “lol jokes you wanted Sherlock? Too bad, have some the voice.”

    • http://Laneth.com/ Laneth Sffarlenn

      I was just thinking the same thing…eugh, we live in the greatest land, eh? :P

    • danielle

      if we’re lucky we might get it the week after. Like The Graham Norton Show is shown a week after it’s shown in the UK (fingers crossed)

  • snuffles44

    I love that man

  • upper_westsider

    LOVE that idea! How about “Downton Abbey” too?!?

  • Breanne

    Yet, another reason to love Benedict Cumberbatch. :)

  • yuhyuh

    I SUPPORT THIS MOTION

  • georgina Phelps

    As I’m British this doesn’t affect me at all but I certainly think it’ll be better for everyone if they air at the same time.

  • http://twitter.com/kalenahenden kalena henden

    SIGN THE PETITION: “Air Season 3 of Sherlock on PBS the same day as the UK” http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/air-season-3-of-sherlock-on-pbs-the-same-day-uk/

  • grapes9h5

    So glad they’re gonna try to make this happen.

  • Lauren

    You forgot Australia Benedict!!! :(

  • Marissa

    Oh my gosh, Benedict is the best! Thank you sir, for allowing me not to have to watch Sherlock on a small computer screen illegally!

  • Erik Hild

    You know one way to not get spoiled by the Internet is to not be addicted to social media

  • Haley Turner

    Please please please please please!!!!!! Otherwise I’ll have to avoid social media for months!!!!!!!!

  • Alexis Dohm

    What an absolute sweetheart! Ugh I love him so much.

  • Saxyroro

    I tweeted BBC America. Everyone do that.

    • Rayne

      Except it’s PBS that shows Sherlock in the US.

  • JustAGirl

    That would be nice to see Sherlock here in the US at the same time.

    My brother intro’d me to it. We are both Sherlockians. We watched it at about the same time as UK – he received a very good quality bootleg from a UK friend of his – he was going through chemo at the time, so his friends were spoiling him! (And still do)

    With that we both still watched it when it showed here on PBS and bought the DVD’s when they were released. It is just a show that is nice to go back and watch again and again, isn’t it? I grew up with Rathbone and Brett and do the same with those too.

    I think people let themselves get spoiled…so, I’ll just have to stay away from spoilers is all. Also, the story lines are so close to the originals that in a way, the originals could be spoilers in themselves? It is so fun to see how the Sherlock creators adapt their story line to the originals, and I’ve not been disappointed yet!

    Anyway, I am more of a reader of the books – and I am now just getting into the pastiche works…and I still go back and read ACD over and over…

    It is all so fun!!! I cannot wait to see the third installment of Sherlock – whenever that will be! :)

  • Claire

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tiffany

    This man is amazing. I love him so much. :D

  • Damien Hine

    Sherlock may not believe in heroes, but Benedict proves him wrong.

  • Earvin

    Hello US and UK Fans of BBC1 Sherlock. We, here in Philippines love Sherlock. And all I want to say is, kindly air the third season earlier than December? We just couldn’t wait to watch it. ARRGH!! But, it’s nice that Benedict is doing such thing.

  • KeCo

    Hrmmm…so you write an article about the premiere of season 3 and don’t mention when that would be? IIRC the beeb announced the date as October 31, 2013.

  • Ian Johnson

    Air it in Canada at the same time too.

  • Sarah Frances Frost

    I vote YES! And thanks for thinking of your fans, Benedict :>)

  • altruismisamyth

    he is pushing for it due to low US revenues .. altruism is nonexistent

  • Kermit Lam

    I live in HK
    does anyone know how I can watch the episodes?
    I love this so much!

  • Wrytermom

    AND – it should be full-length here! They are 90-minute MOVIES for the luvva mike – you don’t cut one-third of a movie!

  • Rahul Jain

    Isn’t india even a country?

  • Sherlock Holmes

    It’s a British show, surely we should get it first?

  • Winnie

    It’s wonderful that he recognizes how much showing them on different dates would truly spoil things for the fans. I love seeing a celebrity who seems to be truly appreciative of the support he gets from his fans. As if we needed one more reason to love this guy.

  • Winne

    Benedict is such an amazing guy <3

  • Me_

    WHAT ABOUT AUSTRALIA??!!

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