Watching This Week #112
Listings for May 29 to June 4, 2023; Corus channels appear set to leave Eastlink.
News and notes for mid-October 2021, including responses to questions about "The Way Down", "Mayor of Kingstown", and more.
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Happy Thanksgiving to those celebrating, and welcome to the October 11, 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.
Not much in the way of actual programming news this week, but we'll use this newsletter to share answers to a few recent mailbag questions about shows like Y: The Last Man, The Way Down, and Mayor of Kingstown (that last one not to be confused with Mare of Easttown).
Here's some of the reader email we've received recently at email@example.com. We welcome questions of general interest, and publish a few of them from time to time; messages may be edited for brevity and clarity.
From Jami C.: Wondering if there's been any news on Y: The Last Man, I definitely thought we'd be seeing that on Disney Plus/Star. FXNow Canada as we know is exclusive to actually having cable, so hoping for an update on the show coming to Star.
There won't be much luck for Canadians on that front, unfortunately. Rogers announced a while ago they’d bought the rights to that one, before Star on Disney+ had been confirmed. Despite some production delays, Rogers kept the Canadian premiere rights, and it’s been airing on FX Canada since September 13.
As with most shows on FX Canada, it'll likely end up on Disney+ in Canada eventually, but probably not for several years. While a few past shows like The League have popped up on Star, there are several other concluded FX shows like The Americans that haven’t appeared on Star yet.
From Gary M.: Any news on Evil?
No significant developments we're aware of beyond what we've covered previously. The one thing we will note is that the second season – which was released in two parts, with a break in late July and most of August – has now been fully released on Paramount+ in the U.S., so if it is a situation where Corus has the rights but was based wanting to air the series in consecutive weeks (a preference it also expressed with season 4 of The Good Fight), that is no longer a valid concern.
From Grant: A few questions for you. (1) What's the word on the HBO Max series The Way Down? I cannot find any mention of where/when it'll appear in Canada. (2) Regarding Mayor of Kingstown on Paramount+ in the US, is that the way we'll be able to watch it here in Canada? (3) I was expecting The Many Saints of Newark to show up on Premium VOD on October 1 to match the theatrical and HBO Max release, but I'm disappointed to be hearing it won't drop on VOD until later in December. Are you hearing the same thing?
For those not familiar, The Way Down is an HBO Max documentary series about a controversial Tennessee church. Crave’s overall deal doesn’t cover docuseries, it seems like these are picked up on a case-by-case basis. If Crave doesn’t want it, we would not be shocked if it eventually ended up on Hollywood Suite, which picked up a couple of WarnerMedia-produced docuseries including HBO Max's Equal and Epix's Helter Skelter earlier this year.
As for the Toronto-filmed, Michigan-set drama, Mayor of Kingstown, we haven't seen anything definitive at this point. It could be on Paramount+, it could be on Prime Video (which picked up The Stand), or it could be another service.
Lastly, re Sopranos theatrical prequel Many Saints: Warner Bros. moved away from the day-and-date PVOD releases in Canada once theatres re-opened nationwide, starting with Space Jam 2 over the summer. But we’ve noticed a few recent WB movies like Reminiscence that landed on PVOD in Canada a little over 45 days after release and are available now. If that pattern holds, Canadians might be able to rent Many Saints digitally in mid-November, but we haven’t heard anything specific.
We've made a couple of minor updates to last week's October programming guide to correct the Hudson & Rex season premiere date to this past Thursday (thanks Tish!), and to add Those Who Wish Me Dead, which became available on Crave's Movies + HBO tier this past weekend.
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