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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.
What's new this week – January 9–15
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.
- Netflix: Andrew Santino: Cheeseburger (stand-up – Tuesday); The Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker (doc – Tuesday); The Phantom of the Open (British film – Tuesday); Sexify (season 2 – Wednesday); Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight (season 2 – Thursday); Vikings: Valhalla (season 2 – Thursday); Break Point (tennis docuseries – Friday); Dog Gone (family film – Friday); A Quiet Place Part II (2021 film – Friday); Sky Rojo (season 3 – Friday); Trial by Fire (Indian series – Friday); Shiva Baby (2021 film – Sunday)
- Disney+: Koala Man (Hulu adult animated series – Monday); The Ghost and Molly McGee (season 1 – Wednesday); Gina Yei (Latin American series – Wednesday); Spidey and His Amazing Friends (season 1 – Wednesday); 2022 Nat Geo theatrical documentaries – The Flagmakers, Retrograde, The Territory (Friday)
- Crave: Velma (HBO Max adult animated series – Thursdays); The Climb (HBO Max competition series – Thursdays); Dine Your Sign (season 1 – Friday); Highway Thru Hell (season 11 – Friday); Mid-Century (2022 horror film – Friday); The Munsters (2022 film – Friday); Your Honor (season 2 – Fridays); Mecha Builders (additional episodes – Saturday); The Last of Us (HBO drama series – Sundays)
- Prime Video: Hunters (season 2 – Friday); The Test (season 2 – Friday); various rom-com films (Sunday)
- CBC Gem (including programs on CBC TV): I Hate You (British comedy series – Wednesday); Bollywed (docuseries – Thursdays); Bump (season 3 – Friday); Falling (2020 film – Friday); The U.S. and the Holocaust (Ken Burns docuseries – Friday)
- Paramount+ (also available as a channel on Prime Video and Apple TV): Harry: The Interview (ITV UK interview special with Prince Harry – Tuesday); Mayor of Kingstown (season 2 – Sundays)
- Apple TV+: Servant (season 4 – Fridays)
- BritBox (also available as a channel on Prime Video and Apple TV): Here We Go (family comedy series – Tuesday)
- CTV: Lingo (game show revival – Wednesdays)
- PBS (also on Passport for station members, and the PBS Masterpiece channel on Prime Video): All Creatures Great and Small (season 3 – Sundays starting Jan. 8*)
- Showcase (also on StackTV): Pennyworth (season 3 – Wednesdays)
- Hollywood Suite (also available as a channel on Prime Video): The Last Movie Stars (HBO Max docuseries from Ethan Hawke about Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward – Thursdays)
- Super Channel (also available as a channel on Prime Video and Apple TV): Deadly Science (docuseries – Mondays); Reba McEntire's The Hammer (Canadian thriller film – Saturday); The Shell Collector (drama film – Saturday); Meeting the Beatles in India (doc – Sunday)
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- This week is your last chance – at least for now – for two free months of Apple TV+, even if you've tried the service before (as long as it hasn't been too recent, though Apple hasn't been clear on what the criteria are). The offer should work through this Friday, January 13.
- Disney has announced that Marvel Studios film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, released in theatres on November 11, will be available to stream on Disney+ on February 1. We've linked to the U.S. announcement, but Disney+ Canada's social media has confirmed the release will include this country.
- We have now been able to confirm on Rogers in Toronto, as well as on the Shaw and Bell TV video-on-demand websites, that the "Citytv+ exclusive" series Colin from Accounts and Paul T. Goldman are in fact available on-demand to many of the cable subscribers that get Citytv, without the need to sign up for the Citytv+ channel on Prime Video.
Presumably, the same will be the case for the upcoming Natasha Lyonne series Poker Face, which premieres on January 26.
- Over the weekend, Paramount+ announced it had acquired exclusive Canadian rights to Harry: The Interview, the ITN-produced special with Prince Harry and interviewer Tom Bradby that aired on ITV in the UK last night (which is separate from the 60 Minutes interview that aired on CBS and Global last night, all tied to this week's release of Harry's new book Spare). The special will be available to stream on Tuesday, the same day the book comes out.
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.
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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