1:15 pm EST, May 14, 2013

Benedict Cumberbatch is trying to get ‘Sherlock’ series 3 to air in the US and UK simultaneously

By Andrew Sims | Edited by Brandi Delhagen

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.

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