By Alan Pergament
The mystery of how long WNED-TV will be hiding the latest episodes of the Masterpiece Mystery! series "Sherlock" has been solved.
While the first of three new episodes starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes begin airing on the national PBS schedule this Sunday, WNED is carrying a program in its place that is 16 years old, according to the Time Warner Cable channel guide.
WNED has confirmed it will begin airing the "Sherlock"' episodes on Thursday, Feb. 13 and run the other two on Feb. 20 and Feb. 27, respectively.
Ron Santora, WNED station manager, explained this afternoon that the most important reason for the delay concerned PBS' decision to start the two-hour episode at 10 p.m. Sunday, when viewing levels are lower.
"That means it ends at midnight," said Santora. "Knowing our audience, that gets to be really, really late so I thought it would not be a good move."
He added that since past episodes of "Sherlock" -- including the little-watched first season -- haven't aired in some time, he thought it best to rerun them to give people who haven't watched the series "more opportunity to find out what 'Sherlock' is all about."
The old episodes have been running at 9 p.m. Thursday on WNED, which is the same time the new episodes wil air in February.
Of course, there is no mystery on how fans who can't wait four weeks can see the episodes earlier than Feb.13.
It's elementary really.
The episodes will be available on pbs.org after Sunday. I'm not the best at technology, but even I have figured out how to move programs from my computer to my TV so I imagine smart PBS viewers can also easily learn.
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