Cumberbatch Shuts Down Talk of Sherlock Ending Anytime Soon

It all seemed a little unlikely at the time, but "Sherlock" star Benedict Cumberbatch has now come out and confirmed it for us all – the hit BBC series will not be ending imminently as previously reported.

Cumberbatch clarified "Sherlock's" status in an interview with USA Today, as the actor continues his press tour for the upcoming "Doctor Strange" film.

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The soon-to-be Sorcerer Supreme calmly corrected what he viewed as "a complete distortion" of his summation of "Sherlock" season 4, explaining "what I actually said … is it is the last one for now."

The actor then emphasized that "we love doing the show and all I'll say about it is that we are all very busy, we're all doing other things now, and you have to see the fourth season to realise why, for now, its not going to happen again in the same regularity that it has been happening."

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Still -- we don't know when the show's prospective fifth season will be filmed. Its stars, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, are much in demand, both having a place in Marvel's Cinematic Universe as Stephen Strange and Everett K. Ross, respectively. But showrunners Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss have already plotted out "Sherlock" through to Season 5, so we can be reasonably reassured that Cumberbatch's consulting detective will be with us for a while to come.

"Doctor Strange" arrives in theaters on November 4, and Season 4 of “Sherlock” is expected to be released in 2017.

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