Watching This Week #112
Listings for May 29 to June 4, 2023; Corus channels appear set to leave Eastlink.
News from early January 2023, including updates on streaming "Wakanda Forever", and how cable subscribers can watch "Poker Face".
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Welcome to the January 9, 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.
Read on for updates on Wakanda Forever on streaming, and other ways of watching Citytv+ shows like Paul T. Goldman and Poker Face, plus we answer questions about confusing delays on some recent listings. But first, here's what's new this coming week.
Compiled from our monthly listings and/or any subsequent updates we've come across. We strive for accuracy but schedules may change without notice. 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). *An asterisk denotes programming added in past weeks that we've learned about (or has been rescheduled) since our last newsletter.
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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.
John: I've been excited to see the Abbey Road Studios documentary If These Walls Could Sing, and I was ecstatic when you said it would debut on Disney+ on December 16. But that date came and went, and it didn't show up. What happened?
WCIW: We based this on the listing on Disney's press website, which we took as indicating that the documentary would be available worldwide on December 16 – considering that the vast majority of programs branded "Disney+ Originals" have been available on a day-and-date basis globally, as distinguished from some other programs like Hulu and FX originals that have been delayed on occasion.
In fact, this was only a U.S. release date. Abbey Road Studios themselves posted on social media just before that release that the film would be available in the UK on January 6, and it was later clarified that this would be the worldwide release date. We can confirm that the documentary is indeed now available on Disney+ in Canada.
Similarly, as we noted in our January listings last week, another Disney+ documentary, Idina Menzel: Which Way to the Stage?, is being released in Canada on January 20, more than a month after its U.S. release.
To be clear, we're not sure why there have been delays for these programs. We've posited in the past that there might be issues getting translations, particularly for programs produced for the U.S.-based Hulu, but it's less clear would this just be coming up now for Disney+ Originals.
Donald: Just wondering what happened to the recent horror film The Invitation that was listed for Prime Video in December 2022 but had not shown up as of January 1.
WCIW: Donald later sent an update on January 5 confirming that The Invitation has now shown up on Prime Video. We haven’t come across any specific reason for the delay here, but the film was a Sony release, and there seems to have been a pattern of Amazon announcing release dates for Sony movies that ended up being delayed for one reason or another (something similar happened with Morbius in September).
Shane: Why is the selection of TBS shows available for streaming in Canada completely abysmal? There is nowhere to stream the shows Wrecked, The Last O.G., The Detour, Angie Tribeca or Miracle Workers. Wouldn't these shows be covered under Bell's deal with Warner Bros. Discovery?
WCIW: We recall a few having been on Crave at various points (at least Angie Tribeca and The Detour were for a while) but it seems like they’re generally part of separate agreements that don’t allow for long-term streaming, notwithstanding the extended rights Bell has from WBD for other HBO / Max programs. Recently, the remaining in-production series from the former "TNets" that Bell has rights to have only been available for limited periods of time, specifically while the season is airing and shortly thereafter, on the CTV app.
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