Before you panic, “Sherlock” season 4 is not being cancelled, that’s for sure. However, the status of its release date–which was slated for 2017–remains to be vague.

In a report by Zap2It, the website quotes PBS president Paula Kerger in saying:

“We do have the next ‘Sherlock’ announced, that is coming up about a year from now.”

From this statement alone, fans will rejoice since it suggests that the previously announced 2017 premiere date for “Sherlock” season 4 will be followed. However, the statement that Kerger gives when she elaborates on the matter taints the supposedly good news. According to the executive, production of the upcoming season is tricky because of Benedict Cumberbatch’s (Sherlock Holmes) schedule.

This raises the question on whether a 2017 release date is confirmed or just an estimate. If indeed it is only an estimate, the possibility that season 4 of “Sherlock” may premiere on 2018 or beyond may as well be entertained.

Screen Rant also relays Kerger’s quote regarding Cumberbatch’s quote as follows:

“As you know, Benedict has gotten to be somewhat popular since we began our work with him [Kerger laughs] and he very much wants to continue with ‘Sherlock.’ As you know, they are produced almost like films, and we’re hoping the next one will be about a year from now.”

In line with this statement, the website points out that one of the films taking a large chunk from the actor’s schedule is Marvel’s big-budget film “Doctor Strange”. Therefore, SR emphasizes that this film alone makes it hard to squeeze in the filming of “Sherlock” season 4 episodes within the actor’s time.

Nevertheless, Games Radar views something positive out of “Sherlock” season 4’s major delay.

According to the website, if fans did not like the special holiday episode of the series titled “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride” which only aired recently, the long gap is a healthy time to distance fans from their disappointment.

For now, “Sherlock” season 4 is tentatively scheduled for a 2017 release.