News from early December 2022, including an update on "Pennyworth" on Showcase, and CBC's winter programming plans.
Fleishman is in Trouble, a dramatic miniseries based on the novel of the same name by Taffy Brodesser-Akner, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Lizzy Caplan, Claire Danes, and Adam Brody, will premiere on Hulu in the United States (as part of its lineup of FX-branded programming) on Thursday, November 17, 2022.
In Canada, the series will be available exclusively on the Disney+ streaming service (under the Star general entertainment hub), also starting November 17. We expect that Disney+ will release episodes weekly on Thursdays through the end of December, on the same schedule as Hulu, though there have been delays in the past.
Hulu is not available in Canada, but the service, as well as the studio behind Fleishman is in Trouble, are both controlled by The Walt Disney Company, which has been distributing an increasing quantity of Hulu programming internationally via Disney+.
As of this writing in November 2022, a subscription to Disney+ costs $11.99 per month, or $119.99 per year (when billed annually), in Canada (both prices are before applicable sales taxes). The Star hub, which includes FX programming, is included as part of Disney+ for all Canadian subscribers at no extra charge.
By the way, we've spelled "Fleishman" the way it's been spelled in the title, with one N and no C. Needless to say, if you're searching for information on where to watch "Fleischman is in Trouble" or "Fleischmann is in Trouble" in Canada, this is still almost certainly what you're looking for.
Will Fleishman is in Trouble air on FX Canada or any other Canadian cable channel?
It's possible that may happen eventually, but it will not be any time soon. While some early "FX on Hulu" series debuted in this country on the FX Canada channel operated under licence by Rogers Communications, the majority of these pre-dated the launch of the Star hub on Disney+.
Since mid-2021, most FX series that debuted on Hulu in the U.S., like the aforementioned American Horror Stories, as well as Under the Banner of Heaven, Reservation Dogs, and The Bear, have debuted directly on Disney+ in Canada. To date, none of those programs have aired on FX Canada, FXX Canada, or any other linear TV channel in Canada.
So this is a show for mature audiences, but it's on Disney+ in Canada?
Yes, and yes. Fleishman is in Trouble is rated TV-MA (the equivalent to 18+ in the Canadian TV ratings system).
However, in most of the world (with the notable exceptions of the U.S. and Latin America), Disney+ is no longer devoted solely to family-friendly franchises – it now includes a range of programming for both family and mature audiences, from various subsidiaries of The Walt Disney Company. Following the acquisition of most of 21st Century Fox in 2019, these Disney subsidiaries include both FX and Hulu.
Most of this mature programming is under a hub (or tile) called "Star", repurposing the brand name of a broadcaster serving Asia also owned by Disney (and not to be confused with Starz, an unrelated service that operates in Canada through a partnership with Bell Media / Crave).
That said, since launching Star, Disney+ has regularly reinforced the availability of parental controls to help ensure that mature content would not be visible to young children, or indeed anyone else with a restricted profile.