Watching This Week #112
Listings for May 29 to June 4, 2023; Corus channels appear set to leave Eastlink.
News about "Veneno", "Equal", "Nine Perfect Strangers", and more. Plus a new feature here on WCIW.
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Welcome to the May 25, 2021 edition of This Week in WCIW, the weekly newsletter from Where Can I Watch – covering the latest news on where TV shows and movies will be available in Canada.
Scroll down for newly-announced late May and June arrivals on Netflix, Crave, Disney+, BritBox, Hollywood Suite, and more.
Plus, we have some news about a new offering here at WCIW, including a second weekly newsletter – and some implications particularly if you've donated to this site in the past. Read on for more.
A bunch of programming announcements from Crave this week. First, the Bell streaming service has finally confirmed it will be picking up HBO Max's Friends: The Reunion, which debuts on both services this coming Thursday, May 27. In addition to streaming availability, the 105-ish-minute special will air that night on Crave 1 at 10:00 p.m. ET/MT, and on Super Écran 1 at 10:30 p.m. ET.
Crave has also picked up A World of Calm, a narrated imagery series based on the Calm meditation app, which was commissioned by HBO Max and premiered on that service in the fall, but is distributed internationally by All3Media (a company that, coincidentally in light of recent news, is 50% owned by Discovery Inc.). Despite Crave announcing the full first season would be available this past Friday, only a few of the ten episodes are visible as of this writing.
Looking a bit further ahead in terms of HBO Max programming, Crave has also confirmed that it will be carrying the upcoming Issa Rae-produced unscripted series Sweet Life: Los Angeles (for which All3 appears to be handling distribution as well), as well as a revival of Project Greenlight also involving Rae (but with the underlying rights held by Miramax, which is now a joint venture of BeIN Media and ViacomCBS).
Of course, all that is before we get into the actual June arrivals for Crave, which were also announced this past week. We'll do a fuller listing next week, but for now, a few highlights not previously confirmed: the HBO Max co-produced Spanish series Veneno (June 24, presumably via Atresmedia); Warner Bros. movies The Little Things (June 18) and The Witches (June 25); recent Oscar nominees The United States vs. Billie Holliday (June 18) and Another Round (June 25); Sky Studios series Intergalactic (June 4) and Domina (June 25); and the complete original Gossip Girl series (June 11; the HBO Max reboot is expected to premiere in July).
In non-Crave programming news:
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