Cumberbatch suggested that he’d be open to more seasons beyond a fourth, although it depends on his availability as well as Freeman’s. Freeman has another gig as Bilbo Baggins in the “Hobbit” flick franchise, and Cumberbatch is in J.J. Abrams’s latest “Star Trek” update.
PBS hasn’t set a date to air the third “Sherlock” season.
Bachelor to ‘Dancing’
If you think Sean Lowe has had his fill of ABC reality shows, think again, writes The Post’s Emily Yahr.
The most recent “Bachelor” has extended his stay with ABC slightly longer — although, thankfully, that does not mean a stint on “Bachelor Pad.” Instead, Lowe will join the latest season of the network’s “Dancing With the Stars” competition series, which premieres Monday.
Not coincidentally, the “Dancing” casting announcement was made right after Monday’s “The Bachelor” season finale, in which about 10.4 million people watched Lowe propose to 26-year-old Seattle graphic designer Catherine Giudici.
The episode ran seven minutes long, and by the time Lowe was proposing that he and Giudici get married — on an ABC wedding special — about 14 million were tuned in.
(Yes, on ABC’s “After the Final Rose” post-finale show, the crazy-in-love couple declared their intention to marry during an ABC special this year. They explained that it was only fitting since they met on TV. Is there any doubt that these lovebirds were made for each other?)
Getting back to the 10.4 million who watched Monday’s “The Bachelor” finale: That’s a slightly larger audience than watched last season’s “The Bachelor” wrap.
And in these ratings days — with “down” being the new “flat,” and “flat” the new “up” — any finale that finishes up, however slightly, is big news.
The fine print: Last year’s “The Bachelor” finale aired against an episode of NBC’s hit singing competition “The Voice.” On Monday, NBC aired “The Biggest Loser” and “Deception” against “The Bachelor” finale. Not the same.
ABC noted Tuesday that its find-a-bride-in-a-hot-tub reality-series finale was the night’s “most social” show on TV — there were 616,000 tweets about the telecast.
Lowe, who was seen last year as a contestant on “The Bachelorette” (being dumped by Emily Maynard), will be paired — to dance only, of course — with Peta Murgatroyd. Peta won last spring’s edition of “Dancing” with NFL star Donald Driver.
And if Lowe has it his way, he’ll be on ABC even longer than that.
To read previous columns by Lisa de Moraes, go to washingtonpost.com/