Watching This Week #104
An abbreviated newsletter with updated listings for March 20-26, 2023.
Looking for the acclaimed mockumentary sitcom in Canada? Here's where it's available to stream.
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Abbott Elementary, a mockumentary series created by and starring Quinta Brunson about a struggling school in Philadelphia, premiered on ABC in the United States on December 7, 2021. The first season receiving widespread critical acclaim, and received six nominations for the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series.
If you're looking to catch up on the first season, now that the season has ended, the only subscription streaming service where it's available in full in Canada is on Disney+. That's because 20th Television, a division of The Walt Disney Company, co-produces the sitcom and controls the international distribution rights to the series.
A subscription to the Disney+ streaming service in Canada costs $11.99 per month, or $119.99 per year (when billed in a single, upfront annual payment). The Star hub is included as part of Disney+ for all Canadian subscribers at no extra charge. (All prices in this article in Canadian dollars before applicable sales taxes, which vary by province, and are current as of mid-July 2022.)
Alternatively, it's possible to buy digital copies of the season on platforms like the Apple TV / iTunes Store (for around $34.99), and physical DVDs may be available at a later date.
If you're looking ahead to future seasons, new episodes of Abbott Elementary air in Canada on Global (and on NTV in Newfoundland and Labrador), either simultaneously with or close to their U.S. broadcasts on ABC – which is, of course, also available on cable in Canada, though its broadcasts will likely be subject to simultaneous substitution in most areas. The second season is scheduled to air Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m. Eastern and Pacific times beginning September 21, 2022.
The day after each broadcast, episodes should be available to stream on the Global TV website and app for subscribers of participating Canadian TV services, as well as on StackTV, the streaming package from Global parent company Corus Entertainment. Based on what happened for the first season, the full current season should remain available on both the Global app and StackTV until shortly after the season ends, when it will move to Disney+. (As of this writing, we do see one episode still available on StackTV, but this may just be due to an oversight.)
The simplest way to subscribe to StackTV is as an add-on channel to Prime Video, where it costs $12.99 per month, which is on top of a subscription to Amazon Prime ($9.99 per month, or $99.00 per year). However, a 30-day free trial is normally available to new subscribers to both Prime and StackTV in most parts of Canada, if you haven't tried one or the other before, with other promotional offers occasionally available instead.
StackTV is also available through Rogers' Ignite TV and SmartStream platforms ($12.99 per month on SmartStream or $9.99 with Ignite TV, both with a 30-day free trial). Access to Global and the other channels included in StackTV is also part of RiverTV, the $16.99-per-month over-the-top bundle offered by VMedia.
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