Watching This Week #112
Listings for May 29 to June 4, 2023; Corus channels appear set to leave Eastlink.
News from early March 2022, including Canadian availability of the BAFTAs, "Gaming Wall St.", and more.
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Happy Monday! Welcome to the March 7, 2022 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.
This was a relatively quiet week for TV news, but it does give us an opportunity to catch up on some mailbag questions about Drive My Car, Counterpart, and more. But first...
Here's some of the reader questions we've received recently at firstname.lastname@example.org or through our Twitter account @wherewatchtv. We welcome questions of general interest, and publish a few of them (and our answers) from time to time; messages may be edited for brevity and clarity.
Neasa: I saw that you’ve listed Counterpart, which is a Starz series, as available on Starz Canada & Crave. Unfortunately that no longer seems to be the case. I’ve searched Amazon Prime and Netflix as well and can’t seem to find it – it doesn’t seem to be available on any Canadian service at the moment. Please let me know you have any updates on this series.
Good question. Counterpart is an interesting case – it was cancelled by Starz U.S. in early 2019; soon thereafter, while the studio behind the series (MRC) sought a new home, the American service dropped the series entirely from its on-demand offerings. Eventually, the existing seasons landed on Prime Video in the U.S. but that service declined to order further seasons.
The series initially remained available via Crave / Starz in Canada, but they indicated in their December 2021 listings that their rights to Counterpart expired that month, and it’s not clear right now if another service will pick up the streaming rights in Canada.
For some reason it still seems to be possible to watch season 1 through the version of Starz sold as an add-on to Prime Video Canada, but that may just be a temporary oversight.
Beyond that, it’s still possible to buy both seasons of Counterpart on iTunes and maybe elsewhere.
Subsequent to receiving this question, we updated our page about Starz programming to reflect Counterpart's current availability.
Andy: Where can I watch Drive My Car?
We've added a new post specifically about the acclaimed Japanese film, but in short, it's still in Canadian theatres, and available for digital rental or purchase on iTunes. While it's now streaming on HBO Max in the U.S. as of this past week, the distribution situation is different in Canada, and it probably won't be available on a subscription streaming service here for another few months.
Ryan: I was wondering if you know what happened to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in Canada on Paramount+. I have Paramount+ as an Apple TV channel, and this past week The Late Show just disappeared.
For what it's worth, we finally bit the bullet ourselves this weekend and signed up for a direct subscription to Paramount+, and can confirm the result that Ryan saw. Early this past week, The Late Late Show with James Corden was still listed as being available on P+ on the Apple TV app, but it's now clear it has been pulled as well.
We're not sure what happened here – both late-night talk shows are fully owned and distributed by Paramount (formerly ViacomCBS), so the company should be able to stream them on Paramount+ if they want to.
But it's our understanding, from complaints and comments elsewhere, that the Canadian version of Paramount+ has been dropping some of the older CBS programming over the past few months in favour of more movies and originals. Perhaps there are residuals (additional fees to actors and producers) that they can't justify based on the viewership, perhaps it's a strategy to give the service more of a premium feel or something like that, but whatever the cause, it does seem very strange to drop series they own and have been carrying for a while.
Of course, The Late Show still airs in Canada on Global, and the most recent week of episodes is still available on the Global TV website/app, where it’s available with ads but no cable subscription seems to be required. Recent episodes of The Late Late Show are similarly available on the CTV website/app.
As noted above, we've added posts about Dicktown and Drive My Car, and updated our March guide to reflect some of the items discussed this week, as well as the (second) postponement of HBO's Larry David documentary. We've also made some overdue updates to our overall post about Peacock programming in Canada.
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