Watching This Week #112
Listings for May 29 to June 4, 2023; Corus channels appear set to leave Eastlink.
News from mid-late November 2022, including Black Friday deals, "Neighbours", and a Siegfried & Roy documentary.
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Welcome to the November 21, 2022, edition of Watching This Week, 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 light news week, but read on for news about the revived Australian soap Neighbours streaming in Canada, plus a bunch of Black Friday week deals.
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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.
Gary: I understand that the new ten episode Criminal Minds series on Paramount+ will not be available on the streamer in Canada. Do you have any insight? Is this a rights issue and are there plans to show on a Canadian network?
WCIW: As you might know, the original Criminal Minds series and its earlier spinoffs currently stream on Disney+ in Canada. That’s because ABC Studios co-produced the series with CBS, and as part of that Disney got the distribution rights to the series outside the U.S. while CBS retained American streaming rights.
The Disney-owned studio (now ABC Signature) continues to be a co-producer of Criminal Minds: Evolution, so our assumption is that Disney has first dibs on the new series in Canada and elsewhere outside the U.S., though why they haven’t announced anything yet isn’t clear – perhaps there’s something still unsettled there.
But regardless, we very much doubt it’ll be streaming in Canada on any service other than Disney+ or Paramount+. (Though the first episode – and only that episode – will be airing this Thursday, November 24, at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.)
Update (Nov. 21 midday): Shortly after publication, it came to our attention (including through a couple of readers) that late last week, Disney+ began promoting the availability of Criminal Minds: Evolution in Canada starting this
Thursday Friday, November 25.
Grant: Any idea when (or if) British series Rogue Heroes will be available in Canada? It looks like a banger from the creator of Peaky Blinders. The U.S. premiere was just recently on Epix, it looks like Prime Video bought the rights in Canada but there's no sign of it there yet.
WCIW: We have not seen a date announced for it on Prime Video in Canada yet, but you’re right, that seems to be where it will be headed eventually. We're not sure of the reason for the delay, it initially came out in the UK late last month.
One (distant) possibility: with the planned relaunch of Epix in the U.S. as MGM+ early next year, it’s conceivable that Amazon (which, of course, now owns MGM) could relaunch the existing MGM add-on channel on Prime Video Canada as MGM+ as well. If that happens, it might decide to shift Rogue Heroes to that service in Canada to simplify marketing a bit. That’s really just a long-shot guess, though.
Sylvain: Will future Star Trek series, like Section 31 and Starfleet Academy, be going straight to Paramount+ Canada, since early seasons of Picard and Discovery were recently added there, or staying on Crave?
WCIW: Up to this point, it's seemed that Bell Media has had right of first refusal on the various Star Trek TV series that have popped up from Discovery onwards, even picking up programs like animated kids series Prodigy that seem like a less obvious fit for Bell's properties.
The fact that early seasons of Discovery and Picard are now on Paramount+ suggests that this might have changed, but it's not entirely clear yet. Long term, of course, it seems like things are pointing toward Paramount bringing the franchise fully in-house as soon as practical.
Sean: I read that Pluto TV will be available in Canada as of December 1. Will it be the same content from the U.S., or will there be Canadian channels instead?
WCIW: We would not count on the service having all the channels or programming available on the U.S. version of Pluto TV. The only programs that have been explicitly announced come from Paramount/CBS (like NCIS), Corus (e.g. Love It or List It), and The Asylum (producers of the Sharknado franchise).
It's likely that other programs or channels would have to be separately licensed for Canada – there are still residuals involved – but we expect that more programming will come online on the Canadian version over time.
The only update of note this past week was a new post about FX miniseries Fleishman is in Trouble, which debuted this past week on Disney+ in Canada.
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