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“Sherlock” returns in January as PBS sets 2017 premiere dates

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Fans of “Sherlock” have waited a very long time for the return of the popular mystery-series, and PBS has finally set a premiere date for the new season. The network officially unveiled the 2017 winter/spring season-lineup this week, as well as a few trailers, which also includes hits like “Victoria,” and “Mercy Street”.

The seven-part drama “Victoria” on Masterpiece will premiere on January 15th (watch the trailer), the series follows the early years and fraught relationships of the 19th-century teenage queen. As for Sherlock, the popular series will return to Masterpiece Mystery on New Year’s Day, so be sure to set a reminder to catch the new episode before a ton of spoilers hit social-media. Also set to premiere in January is the second season of PBS’ original American drama series “Mercy Street” (watch the trailer), which will premiere on January 22, 2017.

A few other high-profile premieres that will be hitting the network next year include musical-performances and mini-series. For the first time, PBS is announcing a major new arts strand, “Landmarks Live In Concert,” which is part of “Great Performances”. The event will showcase performances by Alicia Keys on January 20th and Brad Paisley on January 27, 2017. Also in the line-up beginning February 1st is a new “Nature” series called “Spy in the Wild, A Nature Miniseries”. That television event is a John Downer Production for BBC, PBS and THIRTEEN Productions LLC.

History buffs will want to catch the three-part, six-hour film “The Great War,” which will air on American Experience April 10, 2017. Fans will also want to set a reminder for the premieres of “Oklahoma City” and “Ruby Ridge” on February 7th and February 14th, respectively. “Africa’s Great Civilizations” from Henry Louis Gates, Jr. will premiere on February 27, “American Masters presents Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise” will premiere on February 21, 2017.

A Gershwin Prize special honoring Smokey Robinson will air on February 10, 2017.