‘Downton Abbey’ back on Jan. 4 for season 5

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – “Downton Abbey” will be back for its fifth season on Jan. 4, but the return date for another hit PBS series, “Sherlock,” is up in the air, PBS chief executive Paula Kerger said Tuesday.

“We will have to wait to know when it’s finished and available,” Kerger said of the mystery starring Benedict Cumberbatch. “Whenever it comes, we’ll put it in a wonderful place.”

PBS is making its shows available for flexible viewing, using both digital platforms and creative scheduling on public TV stations, she said.