sherlock season 4Yes, "Sherlock" Season 4 is finally a reality.

Fresh on the heels of reports of a 2015 "Sherlock" Christmas special, producers have confirmed that that the BBC/PBS series is getting another season -- or, as they say in the UK, series.

"Series Four!" wrote co-creator and actor Mark Gatiss. "At last! It's always special to return to Sherlock but this time it's even more special as we're doing...a Special! Not only THAT, we'll then be shooting three more episodes which will take Sherlock and John Watson into deeper and darker water than ever before...The whole 'Sherlock' team are terrifically excited to return for four new adventures. The Game is on -- again!"

Needless to say we're excited about the return of Benedict Cumberbatch and Marin Freeman, and so is creator Steven Moffat. "A special, plus a new series of three episodes -- it's a record-breaking run! Of course, it's far too early to say what's coming, but we're reasonably confident that the very next thing to happen to Sherlock and John, is the very last thing you'd expect..."

Seeing as the Christmas special will air before the new season, we're looking at a likely 2016 premiere for Season 4. That seems like an eternity. In the meantime, we'll just have to settle for rewatching all of the previous seasons -- over, and over, and over.

[h/t EW]