PBS-via-BBC series Sherlock is making its first trip to San Diego’s Comic-Con this month, reports EW. But the popular modernized take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous sleuth will be absent stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Neither Cumberbatch nor Freeman will appear at the convention despite being favorite genre stars of the moment, in particular Cumberbatch, who’s just coming off of Paramount’s Star Trek Into Darkness and I’m told never was scheduled to attend. Both actors are also in Peter Jackson‘s still-filming Hobbit sequels, which Jackson revealed yesterday won’t be represented at Comic-Con 2013 at all. That’s where Freeman will be spending his Comic-Con: on the set of The Hobbit. Instead, co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss will bring geek cred to the Sherlock panel; Moffat and Gatiss came up with the series take while writers on BBC juggernaut Doctor Who. Sherlock producer Sue Verte will also join the panel, time and location TBA. The third season of Sherlock is expected to premiere stateside in 2014.

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