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The Other Two, the critically acclaimed comedy series created by Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider, and starring Heléne Yorke, Drew Tarver, and Molly Shannon, premiered on January 24, 2019 on Comedy Central in the United States.
In Canada, the first season aired day-and-date with the U.S. broadcast on The Comedy Network (now CTV Comedy Channel), and was subsequently made available on the Crave streaming service, as part of parent company Bell Media's long-term output deal with ViacomCBS for Comedy Central programming.
After deciding to refocus its original programming on younger viewers and adult animation, Comedy Central sold the U.S. premiere rights to future seasons to WarnerMedia's HBO Max streaming service, which released the second season from August 26 to September 23, 2021. HBO Max was sufficiently pleased with the viewership of season 2 that it ordered a third season the day after the final second-season episodes were released.
However, as of this writing, season two of The Other Two has not yet aired or otherwise been made available in Canada in an authorized way. Nor is it clear if or when it will air here: it is not listed as part of either CTV Comedy's fall 2021 programming plans, or Crave's October 2021 programming (or any previous month). Read on as we explore why.
Doesn't CTV / Crave still have the Canadian rights to "The Other Two"? If so, why haven't they aired the new season?
Comedy Central Productions (since integrated into MTV Entertainment Studios) continues to act as the studio handling physical production of The Other Two, and as far as we know they retain the underlying intellectual property and global distribution rights.
As noted above, Bell Media, parent company of CTV and Crave, still has that Canadian output deal for Comedy Central programming, which has continued with other in-house productions that have premiered since The Other Two's first season ended, including – most recently as of this writing – Tha God's Honest Truth.
Even if the international distribution rights shifted over to HBO Max as part of the transfer discussed above, in theory Bell should have that side of things covered as well with a separate output deal with WarnerMedia for HBO Max's scripted programming.
Despite those two long-term agreements on both the Comedy Central and HBO Max sides, it's possible that there's some sort of loophole that the new seasons of The Other Two may fall into. Does the fact that the series originated on Comedy Central for its first season, but is now having new seasons premiere on HBO Max, affect its coverage under either output deal? Is there a dispute that's causing the Canadian broadcast to be held back?
Or is it just a situation where all parties acknowledge that Bell has the rights, but has decided or been forced for whatever reason – scheduling, promotion, contractual, or something else – to hold off on premiering the season in Canada?
Unfortunately, since we are not privy to the details of these deals (or to Bell Media's plans), there's no way for us to know exactly what's going on, unless and until Bell Media – or whichever other Canadian rightsholder might emerge – decides to announce its release plans for the season.
We reached out to Bell Media in mid-September to inquire about their plans for The Other Two, and did not receive a reply. If we hear from them, or if we come across any other developments about The Other Two in Canada, we will update this page.