Watching This Week #112
Listings for May 29 to June 4, 2023; Corus channels appear set to leave Eastlink.
News about programs coming to Star on Disney+ Canada, plus "Justice League", "Helter Skelter", and more.
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Disney+ has finally announced the full list of programming coming to its Star hub in Canada. Like Disney+'s other Canada-specific announcements, the list has been sent to some media outlets but has not been posted on any Disney site.
As had been made clear when Star was announced late last year, the initial lineup draws heavily on the programming that Disney owns outright through labels like Touchstone Pictures, ABC Studios/Signature, and 20th Century Fox/Studios.
Still, the Canadian selection is still a bit wider than we were anticipating. Yes, many of the shows are single-season flops like Terra Nova and Bordertown (we expect this is the 2016 Fox animated comedy, not the 1989-91 Canadian-made Western drama that aired on CTV) that may not have had streaming buyers otherwise. A few more are shows like Futurama and Firefly that have been on streaming in Canada previously but have had their contracts expire.
A few more Disney-owned shows like Cake (the FXX anthology series, which has never been carried by FX or FXX Canada), Helstrom (the last holdover from the now-defunct Marvel Television), Love, Victor, and Solar Opposites, will be available in Canada for the first time.
But there are also plenty of shows that will be on Star despite already have one or more streaming homes in Canada, like Family Guy (Netflix), Homeland (Netflix and Crave), The X-Files (Prime Video), Bones (same), and Felicity (Crave). The same goes for many of the movies, which are available on add-on services like Starz, Super Channel, and/or Hollywood Suite. On the other hand, there are still a couple of shows – like Bob's Burgers (currently on Prime) – that would seem to fit similar criteria but are absent, at least for now.
Our expectation is that going forward, as existing contracts expire, these programs will move exclusively to Star. Of course, that might take a while – Felicity was added to Crave barely a month ago.
What about the FX catalogue? Besides the ongoing Cake, the past FX-owned series set to be available are The League, Sons of Anarchy, Tyrant, and Terriers (updated February 7: we've now also noticed Man Seeking Woman and The Strain there). But that's it. Maybe some other past series like The Americans will be rolled out at a later time. But clearly, Rogers' exclusivity on more recent series will continue for some time yet.
There are no new posts on WCIW this week, but the HBO Max and Peacock posts have been updated to reflect some of the news noted above, while the post for The Little Things has been updated with retailer links following its digital rental release in Canada. We will be updating the FX and Hulu pages based on this week's programming announcements for Star in the coming days.
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