Despite high public demand for new episodes of hit BBC drama Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, PBS executive Rebecca Eaton has insisted that the show will continue to be comprised of a three-part series.
Since the first series of the detective drama, Sherlock co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss have produced three 90-minute installments, with a three more debuting in January 2012 in the UK, and a further three in development for 2013.
TV boss Rebecca Eaton explained to Collider: “[The format is] very closely held. Steven [Moffat] crafts them, and Mark [Gatiss] writes some of them. It's a lot of work, and [Steven] also does Doctor Who and he worked on Tintin, so there couldn't be more than three.
"I think there will only ever be three at a time, if we're lucky. It's getting harder and harder to do another season, not just because Benedict and Martin [Freeman] are getting such high profiles, but Steven and Mark are busy and in demand."
She went on to explain that she was not surprised by the runaway success of Sherlock in the US as well as in the UK: “I knew, as soon as I saw Sherlock, that it was going to be special. The fact that it caught fire the way that it did, didn't surprise me."
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