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Welcome to the August 30, 2021 edition (#35) 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.
We have some news about future programs later on, but as it's almost the end of August, it's time for our monthly summary of notable new programming coming to streaming services and TV channels in Canada in the coming month.
Just as a reminder: this is not intended as a complete list, but where practical we will provide links to fuller information. While we do mention a few reality and documentary shows and the like (particularly for channels without much else), our main focus is mainly on notable scripted programming.
Updated on August 31 to note additional Prime Video programming.
Prices are listed by WCIW for convenience, and are subject to change by the providers. Listed prices do not include any applicable sales taxes, which vary by province.
Netflix costs between $9.99 and $18.99 per month in Canada, depending on the number of streams and picture quality you need.
Netflix Canada posts its monthly listings on its Twitter account, and sends additional details to media outlets on its mailing list. Since we aren't on that list at present, we've cross-referenced against other posts as well as other sources.
Because of the sheer amount of content Netflix releases each month, we've decided to be somewhat more judicious with the number of items listed compared to other services, so we encourage you to consult the full lists if there's a program you're waiting on.
New programs are normally released at 3:00 a.m. ET (midnight PT) on the date indicated, unless otherwise noted.
Notable original series
- Q-Force (adult animated comedy created by Sean Hayes and Michael Schur) – Thursday, September 2
- Money Heist (part 5, volume 1) – Friday, September 3
- The Circle (season 3) – Wednesdays from September 8 to 29
- Lucifer (sixth and final season) – Friday, September 10
- Nailed It! (season 6) – Wednesday, September 15
- Chicago Party Aunt (adult animated comedy based on the Twitter account, starring Lauren Ash) – Friday, September 17
- Sex Education (season 3) – Friday, September 17
- Love on the Spectrum (season 2) – Tuesday, September 21
- Dear White People ("volume" [season] 4) – Wednesday, September 22
- Blood & Water (season 2) – Thursday, September 23
- Midnight Mass (horror series starring Zach Gilford and Kate Siegel) – Friday, September 24
Notable exclusive-distribution "original" series
- Final Space (season 3) – Thursday, September 16
Notable original (or exclusive-distribution "original") films
- Afterlife of the Party (supernatural comedy starring Victoria Justice) – Thursday, September 2
- Worth (docudrama about Kenneth Feinberg, starring Michael Keaton, Stanley Tucci, and Amy Ryan) – Friday, September 3
- Blood Brothers: Malcolm Ⅹ & Muhammad Ali (documentary directed by Marcus A. Clarke) – Thursday, September 9
- Kate (Tokyo-set action thriller starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead) – Friday, September 10
Notable licensed programming
- Jurassic Park trilogy and Jurassic World – Wednesday, September 1
- Mom (full run of the 2013–21 CBS / Warner Bros. TV sitcom starring Allison Janney and Anna Faris) – Wednesday, September 1
- Code 8 (sci-fi drama starring Robbie Amell, previously available on Crave) – Monday, September 13
- Zombieland: Double Tap (2019 Columbia Pictures film, previously on Prime Video, notable mainly in that it indicates that other Sony films under pay-1 contract to Prime will continue to go to Netflix for pay-2) – Thursday, September 16
- The Ice Road (Manitoba-filmed action drama starring Liam Neeson) – Wednesday, September 22
- Grey's Anatomy (season 17, aired this past season on CTV) – Thursday, September 30
Disney+ currently costs $11.99 per month, or $119.99 per year, in Canada. Star, its mature programming hub, is included at no extra charge in the Canadian service.
Disney+ sends its Canadian monthly listings to media outlets on its mailing list. Despite our efforts, we are not yet getting these monthly listings, so we have to rely on outside posts. New programs are normally released at 3:00 a.m. ET (midnight PT) on the date indicated, unless otherwise noted.
Notable premiere or new-release films and specials
- Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles (Billie Eilish concert film) – Friday, September 3
Notable Disney+ original series
- Dug Days (series of animated shorts spun off from Up) – Wednesday, September 1
- Doogie Kameāloha, M.D. (Hawaii-set reboot of the 1989-93 sitcom Doogie Howser, M.D., starring Peyton Elizabeth Lee) – Wednesdays starting September 8
- Star Wars: Visions (anime anthology series) – Wednesday, September 22
- Ongoing, new episodes weekly on Wednesdays: Chip 'n' Dale: Park Life; Monsters at Work; Turner & Hooch; What If...?
Notable Star original series
Includes programming originally commissioned by FX/FXX, Hulu, or FX on Hulu, and not previously released in Canada.
- Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu comedy series about Indigenous teenagers, created by Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi) – Wednesdays starting September 1
- The D'Amelio Show (Hulu docuseries about TikTok personality Charli D'Amelio and family) – Fridays starting September 3
- Cake (season 4 of the FXX animated anthology series) – Wednesday, September 15
- Ongoing, new episodes weekly: Only Murders in the Building (Tuesdays), American Horror Stories (Wednesdays)
Notable library programming
- Genius: Aretha (season 3 of the National Geographic period anthology series, this time featuring Aretha Franklin, previously aired on Nat Geo Canada) – Wednesday, September 1
- The Hustler (season 1 of the ABC game show hosted by Craig Ferguson) – Wednesday, September 1
- The Simpsons (seasons 31-32, previously aired on Citytv) – Wednesday, September 1
- Pepper Ann (1997-2000 Disney animated series) – Wednesday, September 8
- Criminal Minds (season 12) – Wednesday, September 8
- The Golden Girls (1985-92 Touchstone-produced sitcom starring Bea Arthur and Betty White; currently available on Prime Video Canada) – Wednesday, September 8
- The Great North (season 1 of the Alaska-set animated sitcom, previously aired on Citytv) – Wednesday, September 8
Bell Media's Crave costs $9.99 per month (or $99.99 per year) for its base service, or a total of $19.98 per month or $199.98 per year for the upgraded Crave + Movies + HBO tier, when subscribing directly. Prices may vary through a TV provider.
Crave's full list of arrivals is posted on Bell Media's press site. New programs are normally released at midnight ET on the date indicated (equivalent to 9:00 p.m. PT on the previous date), though some (including HBO Max programs) may be released at 3:00 a.m. ET, and others (including mainline HBO programs) are released simultaneously with their linear premieres at the indicated times. Starz is dealt with in a separate section below.
Crave or Bell Media original programming
- Canada's Drag Race Anniversary Extravaganza (special retrospective on season 1) – Monday, September 6 at 9:00 p.m. ET
- Dark Side of the Ring (season 3B of the Crave/Vice TV co-production) – Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. ET starting September 16
- Corner Gas Animated (season 4, previously aired on CTV Comedy) – Friday, September 17
- 2021 TIFF Tribute Awards (simultaneously airing/released on CTV) – Saturday, September 18 at 7:00 p.m. ET
- SurrealEstate (season 1, previously aired on CTV Sci-Fi) – Friday, September 24
Showtime original programming
- Bitchin': The Sound and Fury of Rick James (documentary) – Friday, September 3 at 9:00 p.m. ET
- Billions (season 5, part 2) – Sundays at 9:00 p.m. ET starting September 5
- Detainee 001 (documentary about John Walker Lindh) – Friday, September 10 at 9:00 p.m. ET
- American Rust (adaptation of the novel by Philipp Meyer, starring Jeff Daniels) – Sundays at 10:00 p.m. ET starting September 12
- Back to Life (season 2) – Mondays at 10:00 p.m. starting September 13
- The Circus (season 6, part 2) – Sundays at 8:00 p.m. ET starting September 19
- Ongoing, new episodes weekly: The L Word: Generation Q (Sunday, September 5 at 10:00 p.m. ET, then Mondays at 9:00 p.m. ET starting September 13); Work in Progress (Sundays at 11:00 p.m. ET);
Other notable licensed programming in base tier
- The Big Bang Theory (season 10) – Wednesday, September 1
- The Goldbergs (season 8) – Friday, September 3
- Wellington Paranormal (seasons 1-3 of the New Zealand horror mockumentary) – Friday, September 3
- DC's Legends of Tomorrow (season 6, previously aired on CTV Sci-Fi) – Friday, September 17
- Doom Patrol (season 3, released simultaneously on CTV Sci-Fi; now an HBO Max original in the U.S. but remains in Crave's base tier in Canada) – Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. ET starting September 23
- Being James Bond (documentary special about Daniel Craig's tenure as 007, not to be confused with the 2017 George Lazenby documentary Being Bond) – Friday, September 24
- Ongoing, new episodes weekly: RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars (season finale September 2); Star Trek: Lower Decks (Thursdays)
New / recent release movies (in Movies + HBO tier)
- Aliens Stole My Body (2020 direct-to-streaming animated film with the voices of Jayden Greig and William Shatner, via Universal) – Friday, September 3
- Crisis (2021 Canadian co-produced film starring Gary Oldman, Armie Hammer and Evangeline Lilly, via Elevation) – Friday, September 3
- Curious George: Go West, Go Wild (2020 direct-to-streaming animated film, and the fifth film in the franchise, via Universal) – Friday, September 3
- Promising Young Woman (2020 thriller starring Carey Mulligan, via Universal / Focus) – Friday, September 3
- The Florida Project (2017 drama starring Willem Dafoe and Brooklynn Prince, via Elevation / A24) – Thursday, September 9
- Half Brothers (2020 comedy starring Luis Gerardo Méndez, via Universal / Focus) – Friday, September 10
- News of the World (2020 Western drama starring Tom Hanks and Helena Zengel) – Friday, September 10
- Spontaneous (2020 sci-fi romantic comedy starring Katherine Langford and Charlie Plummer, via Paramount? / Awesomeness) – Friday, September 17
- Vox Lux (2018 drama starring Natalie Portman and Jude Law, via Elevation / Neon, previously on Prime Video) – Friday, September 17
- Mortal Kombat (2021 martial arts fantasy based on the video game franchise, rebooting the 1995 film series, via Warner Bros. / New Line) – Friday, September 24
- Six Minutes to Midnight (2020 British war drama starring Eddie Izzard and Carla Juri, via Mongrel) – Friday, September 24
- One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk (2019 Canadian drama starring Apayata Kotierk) – Friday, September 24
Notable library movies (in Movies + HBO tier)
- Scenes from a Marriage (1974 theatrical version of the Ingmar Bergman miniseries) – Friday, September 10
- Mortal Kombat (1995) – Friday, September 24
HBO original programming (in Movies + HBO tier)
- Scenes from a Marriage (2021 remake of the 1973 Ingmar Bergman miniseries, starring Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac) – Sundays at 9:00 p.m. ET starting September 12
- Level Playing Field (no series information currently available, but it's probably not related to the recent AMI-tv documentary series of that name) – Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. ET starting September 14
- Nuclear Family (docuseries about a gay family in the 1970s-80s) – Sundays at 10:00 p.m. ET starting September 26
- Ongoing, new episodes weekly: NYC Epicenters 9/11→2021½ (Friday, September 3 and Saturday, September 11)
- Weekly topical programming (new episodes air "live" on the HBO linear channel and are posted on-demand the next day): Real Time with Bill Maher (Fridays at 10:00 p.m. ET, no episode September 3); Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (Sundays at 11:00 p.m. ET, no episode September 5)
Note: Crave does not appear to be carrying the French series Laëtitia which premieres on HBO U.S. on August 30, despite HBO's announcement referring to having acquired TV and streaming rights for North America, not just the United States. The series is currently (through September 18) airing on Saturday afternoons on TV5 Québec Canada (which is included in the basic service on all Canadian TV providers), though only in French, and is not available on demand.
Notable departing programming not known to be immediately moving elsewhere
- Arrow (full series) – September 10
- Paris is Burning – September 30
- Seinfeld (full series) – September 30; moves to Netflix later this year
Additionally, we've noticed that the James Bond films, which last month's listings indicated would be removed in August, remain on Crave in the Movies + HBO tier; the reason for this change is not immediately clear.
In Canada, Starz costs $5.99 per month as an add-on to Crave (also available there for $59.99 per year), and on Apple TV Channels and Prime Video Channels.
Starz Canada arrivals are including in the Crave listings, but we list them separately here as it's available in multiple ways outside of Crave.
Starz original series
- BMF (drama inspired by the "Black Mafia Family", starring Russell Hornsby, Michole Briana White, and Snoop Dogg) – Sundays starting September 26
- Ongoing, new episodes weekly: Heels (Sundays through September 19); Power Book Ⅲ: Raising Kanan (Sundays through September 26)
Amazon Prime Video is only available in Canada as part of an Amazon Prime membership, which is $7.99 per month or $79.00 per year, with a one-month trial available in most areas for first-time subscribers.
Amazon Prime Video's full monthly listings for Canada are normally emailed directly to us, among other media outlets.
As of this writing, we haven't yet received the September listings, so although we've seen one Canada-specific report about other programs, we'll restrict for now to programs we've seen Amazon directly confirm. Updated on August 31 after receiving the listings.
Original (or exclusive Canadian distribution) programming
- Cinderella (musical comedy adaptation of the fairy tale, previously intended for theatrical release by Columbia Pictures, starring Camila Cabello and Idina Menzel) – Friday, September 3
- Kid 90 (Soleil Moon Frye documentary, released in the U.S. earlier this year on Hulu) – Friday, September 3
- The Voyeurs (erotic thriller film starring Sydney Sweeney and Justice Smith) – Friday, September 10
- Everybody's Talking About Jamie (film adaptation of the British coming-of-age musical previously intended for theatrical release by 20th Century Studios, starring Max Harwood) – Friday, September 17
- The Mad Woman's Ball (French thriller film starring, co-written and directed by Mélanie Laurent) – Friday, September 17
- Birds of Paradise (ballet drama film written and directed by Sarah Adina Smith) – Friday, September 24
- Goliath (fourth and final season) – Friday, September 24
- Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 3 (annual fashion show for Rihanna's lingerie brand) – Friday, September 24
- 69: The Saga of Danny Hernandez (documentary about the rapper, a.k.a. Tekashi69 / 6ix9ine, released in the U.S. on Hulu last November) – Thursday, September 30
Notable licensed programming, including recent release movies
- Angel (full run of the 1999–2004 WB series) – Wednesday, September 1
- The Mauritanian (2021 drama film starring Jodie Foster and Tahar Rahim, via Elevation / STX) – Friday, September 10
- Absentia (third and final season) – Friday, September 24
CBC Gem is an advertising-supported, free-to-watch streaming service. A Premium tier, which removes ads in on-demand programs, provides early access to some programs, and adds access to CBC News Network, is available for $4.99 per month.
CBC Gem's monthly listings are posted in full on the CBC's media website. Other than programs marked as "original" or "premiere", programs may have aired previously in Canada on other services. Some programs may be initially available only on CBC Gem's ad-free Premium tier, but are made available on the free tier at a later date.
Notable CBC TV / CBC Gem original programming
- Race Against the Tide (sand sculpture competition series hosted by Shaun Majumder) – Thursdays starting September 9
- 9/11: Unfinished Business (documentary hosted by Peter Mansbridge) – Friday, September 10
- Murdoch Mysteries (season 15) – Mondays starting September 13
- Strays (Kim's Convenience spinoff starring Shannon Ross) – Tuesdays starting September 14
- Moonshine (dramedy with cast including Jennifer Finnigan and Emma Hunter) – Tuesdays starting September 14
- Next Stop (season 2 of the short-form young adult comedy series; exclusive to Gem) – Friday, September 24
- Spirit to Soar: Mashkawi-Manidoo Bimaadiziwin (documentary about deaths of First Nations students in Thunder Bay, co-directed by and featuring Tanya Talaga) – Friday, September 24
Notable premiere international programmg
- Surviving 9/11 (British documentary) – Friday, September 10
- Ghosts (UK season 2) – Friday, September 24
- Junior Baking Show (series 6) – Friday, September 24
Other notable international programming
- Stath Lets Flats (season 1  of the British sitcom starring Jamie Demetriou) – Friday, September 3
- The Story of Late Night (docuseries, previously aired on CNN) – Friday, September 3
- Sherlock (season 1 of the 2010-17 BBC series) – Friday, September 10
Notable new programming on other channels and services
(For brevity, some dates are listed in an abbreviated day-of-week + day-of-month format, e.g. "Wed 1" = "Wednesday, September 1". Check the links or local listings if you need airtimes for linear channels.)
- CTV: Various new and returning series premiering, including The Big Leap (premieres Tue 21, Mondays thereafter), The Wonder Years (Wed 22), The Conners (Wed 22), Jann (Mon 27), The Good Doctor (Mon 27), La Brea (Tue 28), Station 19 (Thu 30), Grey's Anatomy (Thu 30)
- Global (available on StackTV via Prime Video Channels): Various new and returning series premiering, including Family Law (premieres Thu 16, Fridays thereafter), 9-1-1 (Mon 20), NCIS (Mon 20), New Amsterdam (Tue 21), FBI series (Tue 21), Survivor (Wed 22), NCIS: Hawaiʻi (Sun 26, Mondays thereafter)
- Citytv: Various new and returning series premiering, including Ordinary Joe (Mon 20), Chicago series (Wed 22), Law & Order series (Thu 23)
- FX: What We Do in the Shadows (Thursdays at 10:00 p.m. ET starting Sept. 2 with two-episode premiere); Impeachment: American Crime Story (Tuesdays at 10:00 p.m. ET starting Sept. 7 with two-episode premiere); Y: The Last Man (Mondays at 9:00 p.m. ET starting Sept. 13 with three-episode premiere)
- Showcase (available on StackTV): Dr. Death (Sundays at 9:00 p.m. starting September 12)
- CTV Life: Mary Makes it Easy (Mondays at 8:00 p.m. ET/PR starting Sept. 6)
- Hollywood Suite (available on Prime Video Channels): Relentless: The Kevin Porter Story (on-demand Wed 1, on linear Tues 21 & 28)
- Super Channel (available as a channel on Prime Video and Apple TV): Charmed to Death (Fridays at 7:00 p.m. ET starting September 3); The North Water (Sundays at 9:00 p.m. ET starting September 19); Disaster Déjà Vu (Mondays at 8:00 p.m. ET starting September 20)
- Smithsonian Channel (available as a channel on Prime Video and Apple TV): Impossible Repairs (Sundays at 8:00 p.m. ET starting September 19)
- AMC+ (available as a channel on Prime Video and Apple TV): Kin (Thursdays starting September 9); The Walking Dead: World Beyond (Sundays starting September 26; also on AMC TV starting October 3)
- Apple TV+: Come From Away (filmed performance of the musical – Fri 10); The Morning Show (season 2, Fridays starting September 17); Foundation (Fridays starting September 24); The Problem with Jon Stewart (every second Thursday starting September 30)
- BritBox (also available as a channel on Prime Video and Apple TV): Vera (seasons 10-11, Wed 1); Shetland (season 5, Tue 7); QI (season "S", likely weekly starting shortly after UK premiere on Thu 9); Last Night of the Proms 2021 (Sat 11); The Museum (Tue 14); The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2021 (live at 3:00 p.m. ET daily, Tue 21-Sat 25)
Other news and notes
- Bell Media has acquired Canadian rights to The Unusual Suspects, a heist comedy-drama limited series commissioned by SBS in Australia from distributor About Premium Content, according to trade publication TBI. Hulu has the U.S. rights; it's not yet clear when the series will debut here.
- If you missed the fourth and final season of the rebooted One Day at a Time when it aired on Global last fall (and you're not willing to buy it from a digital retailer like the Apple TV Store), it looks like you'll have another chance soon – if you have a cable package with TLN, which will be airing the series this fall. (Netflix, of course, still has the first three seasons available on-demand.)
- Your latest hint about the (distant) future of HBO Max programming in Canada: HBO Max general manager Andy Forssell recently told Bloomberg that "[a]s you see agreements in other territories come up, we're more likely to lean into direct-to-consumer posture than not." Of course, that's still unlikely to be any sooner than 2025, when Bell / Crave's current deal for HBO and Max originals with WarnerMedia is believed to be up, and that assumes
WarnerMediaWarner Bros. Discovery management is of the same mindset at that point as Forssell is now.
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