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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 (now Paramount Global) 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, the second season remained unavailable in Canada for more than a year, and the first season was removed from Crave in the meantime.
In late January 2023, Crave finally confirmed that it would re-add the first season of the series, and add the second season, beginning on Friday, February 3, 2023. Thus, both seasons of The Other Two are finally now available on Crave in Canada.
Crave is a subscription-based streaming service with pricing starting at $9.99 per month, plus applicable sales taxes, as of February 2023.
Why didn't Crave air season 2 until 2023, if Bell Media had the Canadian rights to season 1?
We're not sure. What we do know is that Comedy Central Productions (since integrated into MTV Entertainment Studios) continued 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.
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 was some sort of loophole that the new seasons of The Other Two might have fallen 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? Was there a dispute that caused the Canadian broadcast to be held back? Was Paramount trying to reclaim international rights for its own streaming service, Paramount+?
Or is it just a situation where Bell had the rights, but decided or was 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, at this point there's no way to say exactly what happened. We reached out to Bell Media in mid-September 2021 to inquire about their plans for The Other Two, and did not receive a reply at that point. If we find out any more information about why the season 2 release was delayed in Canada, we'll add it here.
In any event, both seasons of The Other Two became available on Crave as of February 3, 2023.
- February 1-4, 2023 – updated to reflect Crave's announcement that The Other Two would be re-added on February 3