Updates on Canadian availability of "American Horror Stories", "Anne Boleyn", and more.
Welcome to the June 21, 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.
With the big fall schedule announcements out of the way, but no full listings from the streaming services for July yet, we'll keep things fairly brief.
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- According to one of the rotating ads in the TSN BottomLine past week, and as seemingly confirmed on Crave's website, Warner Bros.' Judas and the Black Messiah will be available on the Bell streaming service on Friday, July 2. Judas was, of course, part of the HBO Max day-and-date release plan in the U.S. (but was released as a premium VOD release in Canada) when it opened in theatres in February.
- The third season of In the Dark will premiere on CTV Drama this coming Wednesday, June 23 at 10:00 p.m. ET (same night as CW), right after the first two episodes of the previously-announced Walker.
- Meanwhile, the second season of HBO Max floral reality series Full Bloom will debut on CTV Life on Thursday, June 24 at 9:00 p.m. ET. Note the network change – the previous season first aired on CTV Drama (before repeating on CTV Life), and it appears it will not air on Drama going forward.
- Super Channel has picked up repeat rights to two Lionsgate-produced series: The Royals (originally produced for E!, and available for a time on Crave), and Weeds (originally commissioned by Showtime and aired on Showcase in Canada, and most recently available on Starz Canada). The series will debut on Super Channel Fuse in July and August, respectively.
- There's an interesting read on the Canadian Media Fund's website, with Amber Dowling interviewing executives from the CBC, Bell, Corus, and Rogers about the year ahead, particularly when it comes to Canadian content. Our main takeaways: Bell reinforcing other recent statements about ramping up original production for Crave, and Corus making clear that they want to be known as "the home of advertiser-supported, often free content" – meaning there's no reason to expect a fully ad-free version of StackTV anytime soon.
- If you've been waiting for a good time to try out StackTV, or another service available as an add-on "channel" on Prime Video Canada, this may be that time. Amazon is currently offering 50% off for the first three months on add-ons like StackTV ($6.49 instead of $12.99), Starz ($2.99 instead of $5.99), Hollywood Suite ($2.49 instead of $4.99), and BritBox ($4.49 instead of $8.99). However, note that the deal is currently scheduled to end tomorrow – Tuesday, June 22.
This is instead of the usual one-month-free trial offer for Prime Video Channels, but it looks like even if you've used the trial or a similar promo in the past, you may still be eligible, as long as you're not currently on such a trial or promo. (As a reminder, we may get a small cut from Amazon if you use the links above, though we'd like to think we'd mention a deal like this even without that cut.)
Recent updates on WCIW
We've added new posts about Kevin Can F**k Himself (which premiered in Canada last night on AMC) and Evil (season 2 of which premiered in the U.S. yesterday on Paramount+, but is not yet available in Canada).
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