News from early December 2022, including an update on "Pennyworth" on Showcase, and CBC's winter programming plans.
Hello, and happy long weekend for many of you (and pre-Regatta weekend for some others). It's time for our monthly summary of notable new programming coming to streaming services and TV channels in Canada in August.
This is not intended as a complete list, but where practical we will provide links to fuller information. While we do mention a few reality and documentary shows and the like, our main focus is on notable scripted programming.
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Items of note
- Notable new streaming series – at least in our rough assessment – include The Bear (Disney+ starting Aug. 3), The Sandman (Netflix starting Aug. 5), A League of Their Own (Prime Video starting Aug. 12), She-Hulk: Attorney at Law (Disney+ starting Aug. 17), and House of the Dragon (Crave starting Aug. 21).
- MGM (acquired by Amazon in March) seems to have moved its first pay/streaming window for theatrical movies (also known as "pay-1") to Prime Video, for films released after No Time to Die (released in theatres October 8, 2021; arrived on Crave on July 1). House of Gucci began streaming on Prime last month, while other MGM films including Licorice Pizza arrive this month.
- Disney+ is leaning more and more into sports content, bringing in more ESPN documentaries (primarily from the 30 for 30 franchise), as well as a Hulu sports docuseries about the Los Angeles Lakers, not to mention an AFL Women's docuseries commissioned locally by Disney+ Australia.
Netflix costs between $9.99 and $20.99 per month in Canada, depending on the number of streams and picture quality you need.
Because of the sheer amount of content Netflix releases each month, we've typically been more judicious with the number of items listed compared to other services, so we encourage you to consult the full lists if you're waiting on a specific program.
New programs are normally released at 3:00 a.m. ET (midnight PT) on the date indicated, unless otherwise noted.
Notable original series
- Clusterf**k: Woodstock ’99 – August 3
- Good Morning, Verônica (season 2) – August 3
- The Sandman (fantasy drama based on the Neil Gaiman / DC comic book, starring Tom Sturridge and Gwendoline Christie) – August 5
- Locke & Key (season 3) – August 10
- Indian Matchmaking (season 2) – August 10
- Instant Dream Home (12-hour home renovation series) – August 10
- A Model Family (South Korean drama about a family that gets entangled with drug gangs) – August 12
- Never Have I Ever (season 3) – August 12
- He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (season 3) – August 18
- Alma [The Girl in the Mirror] (Spanish supernatural thriller set in the aftermatch of a bus crash) – August 19
- The Cuphead Show! (part 2) – August 19
- Echoes (Australian miniseries about identical twins with a "dangerous secret", starring Michelle Monaghan) – August 19
- Mo (semi-biographical comedy series starring Mo Amer, who co-created with Ramy Youssef) – August 24
- Delhi Crime (season 2) –
"coming soon"August 26
- Partner Track (legal drama based on the Helen Wan novel, starring Arden Cho) –
"coming soon"August 26
Notable exclusive-distribution "original" series
- Glow Up: Britain's Next Make-Up Star (season 4) – August 19
Notable original (or exclusive-distribution "original") films
- Wedding Season (romantic comedy starring Suraj Sharma and Pallavi Sharda) – August 4
- Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie (Nickelodeon-produced animated comedy and continuation of the 2018–20 series) – August 5
- Carter (South Korean action film) – August 5
- Darlings (Indian dark comedy) – August 5
- Day Shift (vampire action comedy starring Jamie Foxx) – August 12
- 13: The Musical (coming-of-age comedy-drama based on the 2007 musical) – August 12
- Look Both Ways (romantic comedy-drama à la Sliding Doors, starring Lili Reinhart) – August 17
- Royalteen (Norwegian young adult drama) – August 17
- The Next 365 Days (erotic thriller, third in the widely-panned 365 Days series) – August 19
- Fullmetal Alchemist: The Revenge of Scar (sequel to the 2017 live-action Japanese film based on the manga series) – August 20
- Running with the Devil: The Wild World of John McAfee (documentary) – August 24
- Me Time (comedy starring Kevin Hart and Mark Wahlberg) – August 26
- Seoul Vibe (South Korean action film) – August 26
- I Came By (British neo-noir thriller starring George MacKay and Hugh Bonneville) – August 31
Notable licensed programming
- Various Paramount films including The Addams Family (1991), Addams Family Values, Downsizing, Good Burger, and The Italian Job (most also on Paramount+) – August 1
- Tenet (2020 Warner Bros. film, previously on Crave) – August 1
- Wonder Woman 1984 (2020 Warner Bros. film, previously on Crave) – August 13
Disney+ currently costs $11.99 per month, or $119.99 per year, in Canada. Star, its general entertainment hub (with offerings similar but not identical to Hulu in the U.S.), is included at no extra charge in the Canadian service.
Disney+ sends its Canadian monthly listings to media outlets on its mailing list. Despite our efforts, we are not yet getting the Canadian listings, so we have to collate information from outside posts. New programs are normally released at 3:00 a.m. ET (midnight PT) on the date indicated, unless otherwise noted.
Notable premiere or new-release films and specials
- Lightyear (2022 Pixar film serving as a backstory for the "Buzz Lightyear" franchise within the Toy Story universe) – Wednesday, August 3
- Lego Star Wars Summer Vacation (third in the series of original Lego Star Wars-based animated specials) – Friday, August 5
- Prey (direct-to-Hulu 20th Century action film serving as a prequel to the Predator films) – Friday, August 5
Notable Disney+ original series
- I Am Groot (Marvel Studios animated shorts – five episodes) – Wednesday, August 10
Legacy: The True Story of the LA Lakers (authorized docuseries about the NBA franchise; produced for Hulu but apparently not Star-branded internationally) – Mondays starting August 15[Updated Oct. 1: Canadian release rescheduled for October]
- She-Hulk: Attorney at Law (Marvel Studios series starring Tatiana Maslany as the titular Jennifer Walters) – Wednesdays starting August 17
- Fearless: The Inside Story of the AFLW (docuseries about the women's Australian rules football league) – Wednesdays starting August 24
- Andor (Star Wars universe series serving as a prequel to the 2016 film Rogue One) – Wednesdays
starting August 31(Update (Aug 14): premiere rescheduled for September 21)
- Ongoing, new episodes weekly: High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (Wednesdays)
Notable Star original series
- The Bear (Hulu-exclusive FX comedy-drama series) – Wednesdays starting August 3
- Maggie (Hulu original sitcom starring Rebecca Rittenhouse, produced by 20th Television and originally intended to air on ABC) – Wednesdays starting August 10
- This Fool (south central L.A.-set comedy starring Chris Estrada) – full season added Friday, August 12 (added to listings Aug. 15)
- Mormon No More (ABC News Studios docuseries, released on Hulu in June) – Wednesday, August 24
- Mike (unauthorized dramatization of the life of Mike Tyson, produced for Hulu) – Thursdays starting August 25
- American Horror Stories (season 2) – Wednesdays starting August 31
- Ongoing, new episodes weekly: Only Murders in the Building (Tuesdays through Aug. 23); The Heartthrob... (Wednesdays through Aug. 24); Solar Opposites (Wednesdays); The Orville (S3 finale Wed., Aug. 4)
Notable library programming
- Breeders (season 3, aired on FX Canada earlier this year) – Wednesday, August 3
- What We Do in the Shadows (season 3, aired on FX Canada in fall 2021) – Wednesday, August 3
- 24: Legacy (2017 spinoff/sequel to the 2001–2010 series) – Friday, August 5
- Various ESPN 30 for 30 documentaries – weekly on Fridays
- American Crime Story (seasons 1–3, previously aired on FX Canada) – Wednesday, August 10 (added to listings Aug. 15)
- The Old Man (season 1, previously aired on FX Canada) – Wednesday, August 17
- Various National Geographic SharkFest specials (previously aired on Nat Geo Canada) – Friday, August 19
- Motherland: Fort Salem (season 3, previously aired on ABC Spark) – Wednesdays starting August 24
- When Nature Calls with Helen Mirren (first, and likely only, season of the BBC Studios-produced ABC nature comedy series; previously aired on Global) – Wednesday, August 31
Notable licensed programming
- Bluey (25 episodes from season 3) – Wednesday, August 10
Bell Media's Crave costs between $9.99 and $19.99 per month via direct subscription, depending on the number of streams, device support, and picture quality you need. The price may vary when subscribing through a TV provider.
Starz, which is also operated in Canada by Bell Media, is available as a $5.99 per month add-on to Crave's direct subscriptions, and is also available separately through Prime Video Channels, Apple TV Channels, and TV providers.
Crave's full list of arrivals is posted on Bell Media's press site. New programs are normally released at midnight ET on the date indicated (equivalent to 9:00 p.m. PT on the previous date), though some (including HBO Max programs) may be released at 3:00 a.m. ET, and others (including mainline HBO programs) are released simultaneously with their linear premieres at the indicated times.
Crave / Bell Media original programming
- Roast Battle Canada (season 2, previously aired on CTV Comedy) – Friday, August 5
- Sophie Buddle: Smile, Baby (stand-up comedy special) – Friday, August 26
- Ongoing, new episodes weekly: Canada's Drag Race (Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. ET)
HBO original programming
- Industry (season 2) – Mondays at 9:00 p.m. ET starting Aug. 1
- The Princess (HBO / Sky UK documentary about the life of Princess Diana directed by Ed Perkins, not to be confused with the recent 20th Century / Disney+ action thriller of the same title) – Saturday, August 13 at 8:00 p.m. ET
- House of the Dragon (Game of Thrones prequel series based on portions of the George R.R. Martin novel Fire & Blood, starring Paddy Considine, Emma D'Arcy, and Matt Smith) – Sundays at 9:00 p.m. ET starting August 21 [Crave has not yet indicated whether HOTD will be available in 4K as it will on HBO Max]
- Katrina Babies (documentary about the impact of the hurricane on the youth of New Orleans) – Wednesday, August 24 at 9:00 p.m. ET, per Crave linear schedule
- Ongoing, new episodes weekly: The Rehearsal (Fridays at 11:00 p.m. ET through Aug. 19); Westworld (Sundays at 9:00 p.m. ET through Aug. 14); The Anarchists (Sundays at 10:00 p.m. ET through Aug. 14)
- Weekly topical programming (new episodes air "live" on the HBO linear channel and are posted on-demand the next day): Real Time with Bill Maher (Fridays at 10:00 p.m. ET); Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (Sundays at 11:00 p.m. ET, on hiatus Aug. 28)
HBO Max original programming
- Selena + Chef (season 4) – Thursdays starting August 18, per Crave linear schedule (HBO Max currently lists as date TBA)
- Ongoing, new episodes weekly: FBoy Island (final two episodes of the season Thursday, Aug. 4); Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin (multiple new episodes Thursdays through Aug. 18); Rap Sh!t (new episodes Thursdays)
Showtime original programming
- Ongoing, new episodes weekly (unless indicated, streaming Fridays ahead of linear broadcast Sundays): The Chi (through Aug. 26); City on a Hill; Flatbush Misdemeanors (Sundays through Aug. 21)
- Weekly topical programming (new episodes air "live" on Crave 1 but may not be posted on-demand until the next day): Vice (Sundays at 8:00 p.m. ET)
New / recent release movies
- Parallel Mothers [Madres paralelas] (2021 Spanish film written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar, starring Penélope Cruz and Milena Smit, via Mongrel) – Friday, August 5
- Fireheart (2022 Canadian animated film, via eOne) – Friday, August 5
- Nightmare Alley (2021 psychological thriller directed by Guillermo del Toro, via 20th Century; already on Disney+) – Friday, August 5
- Belfast (2021 coming-of-age drama written and directed by Kenneth Branagh, via Universal / Focus) – Friday, August 12
- After Yang (2022 sci-fi drama starring Colin Farrell and Jodie Turner-Smith, via Elevation / A24) – Friday, August 12
- The Trip to Greece (2020 British comedy, fourth and supposedly final in a series of films directed by Michael Winterbottom and starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, via Elevation) – Friday, August 19
- The Wolf and the Lion [Le loup et le lion] (2021 Canada-France family film, via Sphere [MK2 Mile End]) – Friday, August 19
- The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021 film directed by Michael Showalter starring Jessica Chastain, via Searchlight; already on Disney+) – Friday, August 19
- American Underdog (2021 sports biopic starring Zachary Levi as Kurt Warner, via Lionsgate; already on Starz) – Friday, August 26
- Death on the Nile (2022 mystery film directed by Kenneth Branagh, via 20th Century; already on Disney+) – Friday, August 26
Other notable licensed programming
- Republic of Doyle (full series) – Friday, August 12 (rescheduled from July; also airing daily on the Crave linear channels starting August 1)
- Sanctuary (full 2008–11 Canadian sci-fi series) – Friday, August 12
- Dark Side of Comedy (Vice series about comics in the same vein as Dark Side of the Ring) – Tuesdays at 9:00 p.m. ET starting August 16 (added to these listings on Aug. 20; announced by Crave Aug. 10)
- Drag Race Philippines (another iteration of the RuPaul's... franchise, produced for Discovery+ / HBO Go Philippines) – Wednesdays at 7:00 a.m. ET starting August 17
- Star Trek: Lower Decks (season 3) – Thursdays starting August 25
- Ongoing, new episodes weekly: Love Island (most nights at 9:00 p.m. ET through Aug. 28); Drag Race France (Thursdays at 3:00 p.m. ET through Aug. 11), RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under (Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. ET)
Possible but unconfirmed (for Crave)
- Elvis (2022 Warner Bros. film directed by Baz Luhrmann) – released in theatres June 24. Up until late July, we thought there was a strong possibility of Elvis becoming available available on HBO Max and Crave as soon as Monday, August 8 (45 days after theatrical release) based on recent practice with WB films like The Batman. However, there is no corresponding entry or placeholder for the film on the HBO U.S. or Crave linear schedule, so at this point we are doubtful it will be released to streaming in August.
Notable new programming on Starz
- Power Book Ⅲ: Raising Kanan (season 2) – Sundays starting August 14
- Ongoing, new episodes weekly: Becoming Elizabeth (finale Sunday, Aug. 7); P-Valley (Sundays through Aug. 14)
Amazon's streaming service, Prime Video, is only available in Canada as part of an Amazon Prime membership, which is $9.99 per month or $99.00 per year, with a one-month trial available in most areas for first-time subscribers. More programs may be available through add-on channels at additional monthly costs.
Prime Video's full monthly listings for Canada are emailed directly to us, among other media outlets.
Original (or exclusive Canadian distribution) programming
- All or Nothing: Arsenal (docuseries on the English football team) – Thursday, August 4
- The Outlaws (season 2) – Friday, August 5
- A League of Their Own (period sports comedy-drama based on the 1992 film, co-created by and starring Abbi Jacobson) – Friday, August 12
- Cosmic Love (astrological matchmaking reality series) – Friday, August 12
- Making the Cut (season 3) – Fridays starting August 19
- Samaritan (MGM-produced superhero film starring Sylvester Stallone) – Friday, August 26
- Untrapped: The Story of Lil Baby (documentary about the rapper) – Friday, August 26
- Licorice Pizza (2021 coming-of-age comedy-drama written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, starring Alana Haim and Cooper Hoffman, via MGM) – Friday, August 5
- Thirteen Lives (2022 biopic about the 2018 Tham Luang cave rescue, directed by Ron Howard and starring Viggo Mortensen, via MGM following a very limited theatrical release) – Friday, August 5
- The Duke (2022 British period comedy-drama starring Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren, via Sony?) – Thursday, August 11
- Last Survivors (2022 thriller starring Drew Van Acker and Alicia Silverstone, via VVS / Vertical) – Thursday, August 11
- National Champions (2021 sports drama based on the play by Adam Mervis starring Stephan James and J.K. Simmons, via Elevation / STX) – Friday, August 12
- Father Stu (2022 biographical drama about a boxer-turned-priest, starring Mark Wahlberg, via Sony) – Monday, August 15
- 9 Bullets (2022 thriller starring Lena Headey, via VVS) – Wednesday, August 24
- Big Gold Brick (2022 dark comedy starring Emory Cohen, Andy Garcia, and Megan Fox, via Samuel Goldwyn?) – Friday, August 26
- Measure of Revenge (thriller starring Bella Thorne and Melissa Leo, via Vertical) – Friday, August 26
Notable licensed programming
- Law & Order (seasons 6–16) – Monday, August 1
- The Hustle (2019 MGM film, previously on Crave) – Saturday, August 6
CBC Gem is free to watch with ads; an ad-free Premium subscription, which adds access to CBC News Network and early access to certain programs, is available for $4.99 per month.
CBC Gem's monthly listings are posted in full on the CBC's media website. Other than programs marked as "original" or "premiere", programs may have aired previously in Canada on other services. Again, some programs may be initially available only on the Premium tier, but are made available on the free tier at a later date.
Notable Canadian programming
- The New Wave of Standup (original series – season 2) – Friday, July 29
- Happily Married [C'est comme ça que je t'aime] (season 2, already streaming without English subtitles on Ici Tou.tv) – Monday, August 1
- FreeUp! Emancipation Day 2022 and FreeUp! Freedom Talks (original specials) – Monday, August 1 (also on CBC Television)
- Pogey Beach (2019 comedy film starring Celia Koughan) – Friday, August 12
- Monkey Beach (2020 drama film based on the Eden Robinson novel, starring Grace Dove) – Saturday, August 13 (also on CBC Television)
- Mi’kma’ki (series of short documentaries relating to Canada's Indigenous peoples) – Friday, August 19
- Through Black Spruce (2018 drama film based on the Joseph Boyden novel, starring Tanaya Beatty) – Saturday, August 20 (also on CBC Television)
- The River of My Dreams: A Portrait of Gordon Pinsent (2016 documentary directed by Birgitte Berman) – Saturday, August 20 (also on CBC Television)
- Splinters (2018 drama directed by Thom Fitzgerald) – Saturday, August 27 (also on CBC Television)
Notable premiere international programmg
- Bobby & Harriet Get Married (British "reality sitcom" starring Bobby Mair and Harriet Kemsley) – Friday, August 5
- No Return (British drama miniseries starring Louis Ashbourne Serkis and Sheridan Smith) – Friday, August 12
- Paradise [Paraíso] (Spanish speculative fiction drama series starring Macarena García; aired on Movistar+ and HBO Max U.S. in 2021) – Friday, August 19
- Highlife (British lifestyle reality series documenting West African Brits in London) – Monday, August 22
- Diana: The Ultimate Truth (British documentary featuring "exclusive never-before-heard interviews" concerning the 1997 death of Diana, Princess of Wales) – Wednesday, August 31
Notable sports programming
- ⅩⅩⅠⅠ Commonwealth Games – Thursday, July 28 to Monday, August 8
- Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) playoffs – August 7, 12, and 14
- 2022 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship (Canada matches and finals only) – Saturday, August 27 to Sunday, September 11
Notable new programming elsewhere
Compiled from a variety of public media resources as well as listings emailed directly to WCIW.
Linear television (with streaming options where available)
- CTV: Password (Jimmy Fallon-produced, Keke Palmer-hosted revival of the classic game show – Tuesdays starting Aug. 9)
- CTV Sci-Fi: Resident Alien (season 2, part 2 – Wednesdays starting August 10)
- Discovery: A Cut Above (competitive wood carving series – Mondays starting Aug. 8)
- Showcase (also on StackTV): Rutherford Falls (season 2 – Tuesdays starting August 9)
- Adult Swim (also on StackTV): Harley Quinn (season 3 – Saturdays, started July 30)
- History (also on StackTV): Alone: Frozen (Thursdays starting Aug. 11)
- FX / FXX (also on Citytv+): Welcome to Wrexham (soccer docuseries with Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds – Wednesdays on FX starting Aug. 24); Little Demon (adult animated sitcom with Aubrey Plaza and Danny DeVito – Thursdays on FXX starting Aug. 25) [listings added Aug. 9]
- AMC (also available via AMC+ on Prime Video and Apple TV): Tales of the Walking Dead (Sundays starting Aug. 14); Kevin Can F**k Himself (season 2 – Mondays starting Aug. 22)
- Super Channel (also available as a channel on Prime Video and Apple TV): Chesapeake Shores (season 6 – Sundays starting Aug. 14); other premieres listed here)
- Apple TV+: Luck (Skydance animated film – August 5); Five Days at Memorial (Hurricane Katrina miniseries – August 12); Bad Sisters (Irish dark comedy series – Fridays starting Aug. 19); Surfside Girls (children's mystery series – full season Aug. 19); See (season 3 – Fridays starting Aug. 26)
- BritBox (also available as a channel on Prime Video and Apple TV): Various classic Universal-distributed British movies, including About a Boy, Pride and Prejudice (2005) and Bean: The Movie (Aug. 1); Extras (2005-07 BBC/HBO series – Aug. 5); Reel Britannia (original docuseries – Aug. 7); McDonald & Dodds (season 3 – Aug. 16); The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe (original miniseries – Aug. 23)
- Discovery+: see press release for August lineup; not all programs necessarily available in Canada
- Paramount+ (also available as add-on to Prime Video and Apple TV): Everything I Know About Love (British series – Aug. 2); As They Made Us (film – Aug. 2); Beavis and Butt-head (second series revival – Thursdays starting Aug. 4); After the Verdict (Australian series – Aug. 9); Aline (Québec film – Aug. 9); Secret Headquarters (superhero film starring Owen Wilson – Aug. 12); Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank (recent theatrical film – Aug. 30) [updated Aug. 7 to reflect highlights sent to us the week of Aug. 1]
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