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Welcome to the August 15, 2022, edition of Watching This Week – previously 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.
Yes, we've changed the name of this newsletter, quite frankly because the old name had gotten kind of awkward to say out loud (eleven syllables if pronouncing the letters). It's something we've thought about for a while and now seemed like as good a time as any. But to be clear, we're still very happy with Where Can I Watch as the site name.
Ahead, some news about newly-confirmed fall premiere dates on the Corus and AMC channels, and answers to questions about shows like The Killing and Everything's Trash. But we are going to try one other new thing this time: leading off with a weekly summary of what's new this week, compiled from our monthly listings.
What's new this week – August 15–21
Compiled from our monthly listings and/or any subsequent updates we've come across. Some series/seasons may have weekly rollouts; we won't list new episodes every week (though we may note significant episodes such as series finales). The most notable premiere for each service (in our rough estimation) is bolded.
- Netflix: Look Both Ways (film – Wednesday); Royalteen (film – Wednesday); He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (season 3 – Thursday); The Girl in the Mirror (Spanish thriller series – Friday); The Cuphead Show! (part 2 – Friday); Echoes (Aussie miniseries – Friday); Glow Up (season 4 – Friday); The Next 365 Days (film – Friday); Fullmetal Alchemist: The Revenge of Scar (film – Saturday)
- Disney+: Legacy (L.A. Lakers docuseries – Mondays); She-Hulk: Attorney at Law (Marvel series –Wednesdays); The Old Man (season 1, previously aired on FX – Friday); SharkFest 2022 specials (previously aired on NatGeo – Friday)
- Crave: Drag Race Philippines (Wednesdays); Selena + Chef (season 4 – Wednesdays); The Trip to Greece (film – Friday); The Wolf and the Lion (film – Friday); The Eyes of Tammy Faye (film – Friday); House of the Dragon (Game of Thrones prequel series– Sundays at 9p ET)
- Prime Video: Father Stu (recent Sony film – Monday); Making the Cut (season 3 – Fridays)
- CBC Gem: Mi’kma’ki (short docs – Friday); Paradise [Paraíso] (Spanish drama series – Friday)
- Apple TV+: Bad Sisters (Irish dark comedy series – Fridays); Surfside Girls (children's mysteries – Friday); Friday Night Baseball (Blue Jays at Yankees – Friday at 7p ET – game free without subscription)
- AMC (available on AMC+ on Prime Video and Apple TV): Better Call Saul series finale (Monday at 9p ET)
- Corus has confirmed fall premiere dates for a number of new series coming to Showcase and W Network. The channels will also have free previews on participating TV service providers covering the full months of October and November, respectively.
Coming to Showcase are Sky sci-fi series The Midwich Cuckoos (Thursdays starting Sept. 1) and The Lazarus Project (Thursdays staring Oct. 20); recent Peacock series The Resort (Sundays starting Sept. 11); the one-season CW series Tom Swift (Tuesdays starting Sept. 13); upcoming Peacock limited series A Friend of the Family (Mondays starting Oct. 17); and new seasons of Chucky (Wednesdays starting Oct. 5), All American (Mondays starting Oct. 17), and Pennyworth (October, date TBD).
On the way to W Network are Peacock's Vampire Academy (Sundays starting Sept. 18) and Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin (Thursdays starting Nov. 24); Walker: Independence (Sundays starting Oct. 9); and Sex with Sue, a feature documentary about former WTN staple Sue Johanson (Monday, Oct. 10). As previously noted, the second season of Days of Our Lives: Beyond Salem will air Sunday, Sept. 4, while the final season of The Good Fight will air Thursdays starting Sept. 8.
- Without prior notice, Disney+ added the third instalment of American Crime Story, subtitled (really, sur-titled) Impeachment, which aired on FX Canada last fall, to its Canadian offerings this past week. The previous instalments of ACS, The People v. O.J. Simpson and The Assassination of Gianni Versace – which we don't recall being available on Disney+ previously – are now on the service as well. Unlike the rest of the world, the ACS franchise was never available on Netflix in Canada, due to Rogers' exclusivity under its initial deal with FX.
Note that because the three instalments are technically three seasons of the same anthology series, all three are on the same American Crime Story series page; confusingly, the logo for the O.J. Simpson season seems to represent all seasons. To access Impeachment, you have to select Season 3, and basically rely on the thumbnails and episode descriptions to ensure you're in the right place.
The full first season of new Hulu comedy This Fool was also added this past Friday without prior notice (day-and-date with its Hulu release), while season 2 of Reservation Dogs, which premiered on Hulu this month, will be available on Disney+ Canada starting September 7.
Disney+ also announced fall premiere dates for additional series which should apply in Canada, with a few others noted on social media, including Hulu's Wedding Season (September 8).
- AMC Networks has posted an announcement with premiere dates for a number of programs across its services, including AMC+, Shudder, and Sundance Now. The seasons to date of the two IFC returning series, Documentary Now and Sherman's Showcase, are currently available on CBC Gem, with the first season of Sherman's Showcase also available on AMC+ in Canada – it's not yet entirely clear where or when the new seasons of these programs (which premiere in the U.S. October 19 and 26 respectively) will land first in Canada.
- Reader Shane wrote in to point out that he'd noticed the MGM-produced Epix series From on Paramount+ in Canada. We can see it having been added on the Apple TV Channels and Prime Video Channels versions of the service, but oddly it did not come up in the Paramount+ app itself when we checked this weekend.
- CTV says has announced premiere dates for its two main Canadian scripted series. Children Ruin Everything returns Monday, September 19, while Transplant will return later that week on Friday, September 23. More CTV scheduling news is expected early this week.
- We missed this when the announcement came out in July, but the second season of HBO Max docu-reality series House of Ho will air on Super Channel Sundays at 9:00 p.m. ET starting August 28.
- Disney announced that the ad-supported version of Disney+ will launch in the U.S. on December 8 at the same monthly price point as the current ad-free verion (US$7.99), at which point the monthly ad-free price will increase to US$10.99. The announcement, which was timed to the company's quarterly results release, did not mention any timing for an ad-supported version or price hikes internationally such as in Canada, where Disney+ currently costs $11.99 per month.
It's not clear yet how quickly, if at all, the ad-supported version of Disney+ will roll out internationally. But, as we've seen recently with Netflix and Amazon Prime, we have no reason to think international markets would be immune from similar price increases, even if they take a bit longer to appear.
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.
Carol: Any hope that The Killing will return to Canadian streaming?
WCIW: The Killing is currently available on Disney+ in Canada. Even though it originally aired on AMC (seasons 1–3) and Netflix (season 4), the series was produced by Fox Television Studios, which was included in the sale of most 21st Century Fox assets to Disney in 2019 (and is now part of 20th Television).
The streaming rights reverted back to Disney a couple of years ago, and The Killing was added to Disney+ as part of the launch of the Star hub in early 2021.
Cindy: Will Love Island be shown on CTV this year?
WCIW: The current season of Love Island USA has been available on CTV’s website and apps since July 19, the same day the season began in the U.S. on Peacock.
If you are able to sign into the CTV site/app with your cable provider information, you can watch the season from the beginning; otherwise, only the most recent week of episodes is available. Alternatively, you can catch up on Crave, if you have that service (or want to sign up) separately.
However, it is not airing on your local CTV station this year, because this season of the show is formatted for streaming, meaning that episodes can’t really be slotted into a regular network TV timeslot (though they have been airing in late night on the Crave linear channels, which are ad-free).
Jim: Any hope of seeing Fargo season 4 on Netflix (or anywhere) in the near future?
WCIW: Given that Netflix has had streaming rights to the first three seasons, they should have first right of refusal on future seasons. It does seem unusual that there’d be such a long delay when season 3 seems to have come out on Netflix Canada about a year after it aired on FX.
However, it’s not unheard of, for many series like this one, for the show’s distributor to make the second-run rights available for one season just before the next one starts, or sometimes even after the subsequent season – that’s been common for AMC shows like Better Call Saul.
There’s also the fact that the main studio behind the show is MGM – now owned by Amazon – so there’s at least the possibility that Amazon is trying to negotiate with Netflix to buy back the streaming rights, as have other studios like Disney and Paramount for some of their properties.
In short, nothing we know for sure right now, but the most likely possibility is that it’ll come to Netflix Canada sometime before the next season premieres on FX, which will probably be in 2023.
Shane: Where is the Freeform show Everything’s Trash available to stream, or when will it be available in Canada?
WCIW: Everything’s Trash is currently airing Wednesday nights at 10:30pm ET on ABC Spark in Canada (one of the Corus channels not included in StackTV, so not currently available to stream outside of a traditional cable subscription). It’s produced by a Disney-owned studio so we’d expect it’ll make its way to Disney+ fairly soon after the season ends on August 31 – that is what has happened with other recent in-house Freeform series like Single Drunk Female.
Recent updates on WCIW
The only other new post here in the past week was one about Peacock's Rutherford Falls, which returned for its second season on Showcase in Canada this past week. We've also been catching up on updates to our movie streaming rights database, which should now be substantially up to date through what's in our August listings.
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