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New 'Sherlock' season will arrive earlier than expected

"Sherlock" actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman will chase down new mysteries beginning on January 1.

Fans will finally see what dangerous adventures Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson get into in the new season of "Sherlock," starting on January 1 on PBS and BBC One.

On Wednesday, the official "Sherlock" Twitter account released an image of the detective's beloved violin with the official start date of the new season. Previously, we only knew it was coming next year, and it's doubtful anyone thought that meant the very first day.

"Sherlock" season 4 kicks off with an episode titled "The Six Thatchers." The second episode is called "The Lying Detective."

I, for one, can't wait to see what's in store for Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch), Watson (Martin Freeman), Molly Hooper (Louise Brealey), Mary Morstan/Mrs. Watson (Amanda Abbington), Detective Inspector Greg Lestrade (Rupert Graves), Mrs. Hudson (Una Stubbs) and Sherlock's brother Mycroft Holmes (Mark Gatiss).

For more clues from upcoming episodes, check out the full "Sherlock" season 4 trailer that shows the usual characters in action, as well as a very giggly new enemy played by Toby Jones and a possible new canine sidekick.