News from early October 2022, including "Yellowstone" moving to Paramount+ in Canada, and answers to questions about the Roku Channel and more.
Welcome to the July 25, 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.
It's been another fairly slow week for programming news, but we have some news about when the new season of Beyond Salem will finally air in Canada, and a few more upcoming arrivals on Crave and CBC Gem. Plus a bunch of reader questions!
Before we get into all that – our August guide to new programming on Canadian TV and streaming will be sent out next Monday, August 1, at the latest. Our next regular newsletter will be the following Monday, August 8.
- W Network has finally confirmed, in response to viewers who'd been asking on social media, that the second season (or "chapter") of Peacock's Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem will air as a marathon on Sunday, September 4 starting at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT, and thereafter will be available to W Network subscribers on StackTV, the Global TV app, and on-demand through applicable TV providers.
W has separately confirmed that new Peacock series Vampire Academy will be available "this fall" (the U.S. premiere is scheduled for September 15), while pages on the Showcase website indicate that the previously announced The Midwich Cuckoos (Sky), The Resort (Peacock), and Tom Swift (CW / CBS Studios) have been allocated to that Corus channel and will air in the fall.
- Two more newly-revealed August arrivals on Crave: Pedro Almodóvar's most recent film Parallel Mothers (released in Canada by Mongrel), starring Penélope Cruz, as well as recent eOne animated release Fireheart, will be available the weekend of August 5.
Meanwhile, CBC Gem has sent us their August arrivals (which they have not yet posted to their website), including British series Bobby & Harriet Get Married and No Return, Spanish series Paraíso, and a bunch of relatively recent Canadian films.
- FuboTV has launched a new Premium package that seems better placed to compete with traditional cable packages, priced at $34.99 per month or $360.00 per year. The package includes Corus Entertainment's StackTV – or at least the same channels (like Global and Showcase) and content – as well as channels like Fox Sports Racing and Big Ten Network.
Anthem Sports' Fight Network and Game+ have also been moved to FuboTV Premium from the previous plan, now called Essentials (which remains $14.99 per month or $180.00 per year). The Essentials plan will probably still make the most sense for those using Fubo to augment an existing cable package, as it begins exercising its new exclusive Canadian rights to the Premier League next month.
- Just in time for Shark Week, Discovery+ Canada is once again offering a promotional rate of 99¢ per month for the first two months on its ad-supported plan (regularly $4.99 per month), at least for first-time subscribers. It's not immediately clear how long this offer will be available. (That said, while Discovery+ has past specials, as far as we can tell this year's Shark Week specials are exclusive within Canada to Discovery Channel Canada, and the CTV website/app, at least during the week itself.)
Here's some of the reader questions we've received recently by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
Donald: I've been trying to find the Untucked after-show for RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars season 7 (currently broadcasting on Crave and OutTV). Traditionally OutTV has had exclusive rights to Untucked but it’s not there this time. Has any service picked it up in Canada?
Response: Not sure what’s going on, unfortunately. Our understanding was the same, that OutTV had the rights to Untucked. We do see one season of All Stars Untucked on there but that appears to be from season 1 of All Stars, and WOW Presents Plus (the streaming service owned by Drag Race producers World of Wonder, which offers numerous international versions of the franchise) seems to only have the same season.
The only thing we can imagine is that Paramount+ insisted on some sort of exclusivity for the new seasons of All Stars Untucked, but it really doesn’t make sense, especially when it’s not on Paramount+ (in Canada) either.
Sheila: I'm looking for Marriage, a BBC TV series starring Nicola Walker and Sean Bean. Do you have any information where this show is streaming in Canada?
Response: It doesn’t look like a Canadian streaming or TV service has been announced for Marriage yet. We're not surprised at this, since it looks like it has not yet even aired on the BBC, or even had an airdate announced.
It’s common for international distribution plans to be announced much closer to a show's original broadcast date in its home country, or even shortly after that. We’ll try to keep an eye on it, though, and post updates on our site if and when we know more.
Tish: I subscribe to Paramount+ through Prime Video and was disappointed to see that season 2 of Blood & Treasure is not showing. Season 2 aired its first 2 episodes in the U.S. on July 17 [with new episodes weekly on Sundays]. Any idea when it will air in Canada?
Response: We can confirm Blood & Treasure isn’t available on the app or Apple TV versions of Paramount+ in Canada either. It looks like it may be another situation similar to Evil or SEAL Team where, because the series originally aired on Global in Canada, Paramount has to have Corus release its rights (or whatever it did with the two other shows). Hopefully, it won’t take as long to settle as the other shows did.
In the meantime, the first episode of the new season of Blood & Treasure aired this past Friday on CBS as a one-time-only promotion.
Recent updates on WCIW
We've added a post about The Last Movie Stars, the Ethan Hawke docuseries about Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman that launched on HBO Max this past week in the U.S., but may not be available in Canada for a while yet.
You may also notice that Where Can I Watch now has an integrated search feature, allowing you to easily look up posts on specific titles without leaving the site. Just click the "Search" link in the left sidebar when you're on the site. This is enabled by recent (and much appreciated) updates to our publishing platform of choice, Ghost.
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