Watching This Week #104
An abbreviated newsletter with updated listings for March 20-26, 2023.
News from June 2022, including Canadian network fall schedules, news about "No Time to Die" and "Spider-Man: No Way Home" on streaming, and more.
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Update (June 30): Our guide to July programming will be posted on Saturday, July 2. We apologize for the delay.
Hello there. Welcome to the June 27, 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.
I'm happy to be back with you after a few weeks of travel. That said, my time this past week has still been fairly limited, so we're making a slight change to the plan we published a few weeks ago.
This will be a regular newsletter with some (though not necessarily all) of the happenings related to Canadian TV in the past few weeks – including a quick recap of fall TV announcements, and a few other industry happenings.
Later this week –
ideally by Friday, being July 1 – we hope to publish our monthly guide to new programming for July. Because of that, we do not expect to publish a newsletter next Monday, July 4. Our next regular newsletter should be published on July 11.
The major Canadian networks announced their fall programming plans earlier this month:
Incidentally, since these announcements, there've already been a couple of additional U.S. moves: CBS swapped The Amazing Race and The
New Real Love Boat on Wednesday nights, meaning that Global now has a conflict Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m. ET between Abbott Elementary/Home Economics and TRLB, and CTV has one Wednesdays at 10:00 between TAR and Big Sky.
In other programming news (just briefly summarizing for now):
Here's some of the reader questions we've received recently by email (email@example.com) or Twitter (@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.
Sylvain: Where can I watch season 3 of All Rise in Canada?
Response: Some background for those who are less familiar: the third season of the revived American legal drama series starring Simone Missick, which previously aired on broadcast TV (CBS and CTV) from 2019 to 2021, premiered earlier this month on OWN in the U.S., following its cancellation by CBS, and a subsequent deal between the Discovery-owned OWN and producer Warner Bros. (prior to the WBD merger taking effect).
At first glance, it would seem obvious for the series to move to Corus' licensed Canadian version of OWN in Canada as well. But because CTV aired the first two seasons, we would expect Bell Media to have first right of refusal to air subsequent seasons, even if it moved to a different network in the United States.
And presumably Bell would want to hold onto those rights, considering the series regularly garnered upwards of one million Canadian viewers during its two CBS seasons – though obviously it would no longer have the benefit of simsub – while OWN is a fairly small player in Canadian TV.
We think that would point to the new season of All Rise most likely airing on CTV Drama Channel (where, if memory serves, Bell also ran reruns of the CBS seasons). However, we haven't seen any indication yet of an airdate in Canada.
Perhaps the rights are settled and Bell just hasn't announced an airdate yet – one that might better suit its needs than the American airdate. But as situations like the recent delayed moves of SEAL Team and Evil from Global to Paramount+ have shown, occasionally there are complications with these kinds of contracts when the programs move between different kinds of services.
Christine: Could you please put Five Days at Memorial on your list of series to watch for? It is a limited series to air on Apple TV+ but I haven’t heard anything about it for Canada.
Response: We understand the skepticism about programs on streaming services not being available in Canada, and from time to time it's been valid for many services, even Netflix and Prime Video, where programs described as "originals" in one country may not be available in others.
But that hasn't really been an issue with Apple, which has generally bought worldwide streaming rights to all of original-commission programs. So it's generally safe to assume that almost any new program that is being promoted as being available on Apple TV+ should be available there worldwide – including Canada. Even for series co-produced by international broadcasters, like Israeli series Tehran, Apple still has non-exclusive streaming rights in the originating country.
Five Days at Memorial – a drama about a hospital affected by Hurricane Katrina, which was partly filmed in Toronto – is being produced by ABC Signature, but at far as we can tell it will be available on Apple TV+ in the U.S., Canada, and everywhere else the service is available. Assuming Apple has confidence in the series, you'll probably see more marketing in Canada closer to the premiere date, August 12.
Grant: Just wondering about the HBO (Max) documentary Chernobyl: The Lost Tapes. I saw it listed on a list of recent premieres but only realized later it isn't available in Canada yet. Any word who might be picking it up? It would make sense to me if Crave grabbed it to pair with the Chernobyl series.
Response: We agree, it would make a lot of sense on Crave. However, it does seem to be a slightly different scenario from other HBO-aired documentaries in that it appears to have been an acquisition from Sky after it was already produced (as opposed to, for example, the Chernobyl miniseries, which HBO was a co-producer on from the start). This seems to mean Bell would presumably have to make a separate deal with Sky, or with producers Top Hat, for the rights.
It doesn't seem likely that this is covered by Sky / NBCUniversal's output deal with Corus – which we've seen described as covering scripted programming, but not documentaries – but that is a possibility nonetheless. Failing that, it's possible there's a Canadian theatrical distribution deal that takes precedence, or it could always be picked up by a service like CBC Gem.
Shortly after our May programming guide went out, we added a post about a golf exhibition that has already taken place. The only other change of note has been publishing a new version of our guide to watching the Tour de France in Canada (the 2022 edition begins this Friday).
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