News from early December 2022, including an update on "Pennyworth" on Showcase, and CBC's winter programming plans.
Happy (almost) new year! It's time for our summary of notable new programming coming to streaming services and TV channels in Canada in the first month of 2022.
January is typically a key month for new program launches, but in terms of library content the most notable item is the addition of several more FX series, many previously exclusive to Rogers' FX Canada channel, to Disney+ / Star in Canada.
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 (particularly for channels without much else), our main focus is mainly on notable scripted programming.
Prices are listed by WCIW for convenience, and are subject to change by the providers. Listed prices do not include any applicable sales taxes, which vary by province. Programming / release plans are also subject to change by the applicable services or studios.
The web version of this post may be updated occasionally during the month, though we cannot commit to updating everything that might be added or changed.
Netflix costs between $9.99 and $18.99 per month in Canada, depending on the number of streams and picture quality you need.
Netflix Canada posts its monthly listings on social media, and sends additional details to media outlets on its mailing list. Since we aren't on that list at present, we've cross-referenced against other posts as well as other sources.
Because of the sheer amount of content Netflix releases each month, we are considerably more judicious with the number of items listed compared to other services, so we encourage you to consult the full lists if there's a program you're waiting on.
New programs are normally released at 3:00 a.m. ET (midnight PT) on the date indicated, unless otherwise noted.
Notable original series
- Rebelde (Mexican teen drama) – Wednesday, January 5
- Dota: Dragon's Blood (season or "book" 2) – Thursday, January 6
- After Life (season 3) – Friday, January 14
- Archive 81 (drama) – Friday, January 14
- The House (stop-motion animated series) – Friday, January 14
- Too Hot to Handle (season 3) – Wednesday, January 19
- Ozark (season 4, part 1) – Friday, January 21
- Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness (reality) – Friday, January 28
- The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window (comedy) – Friday, January 28
Notable exclusive-distribution "original" series
- Snowpiercer (season 3) – Tuesday, January 25 (new episodes released weekly, after U.S. broadcast on TNT)
Notable original (or exclusive-distribution "original") films
- The Wasteland (horror) – Thursday, January 6
- Mother/Android (sci-fi thriller, released in the U.S. on Hulu on December 17) – Friday, January 7
- Brazen (romantic thriller) – Thursday, January 13
- The Royal Treatment (romantic comedy) – Thursday, January 20
- Munich – The Edge of War (British drama about the runup to World War Ⅱ; no connection to the 2005 Spielberg film) – Friday, January 21
- Neymar: The Perfect Chaos (documentary) – Tuesday, January 25
- Home Team (comedy) – Friday, January 28
Notable licensed programming
- RuPaul's Drag Race (season 13 , already on Crave / OutTV) and Untucked! (season 12 [companion to Drag Race season 13], previously on OutTV) – Sunday, January 2
- Terminator: Dark Fate (2019 film, via Paramount, previously on Prime Video) – Monday, January 10
- After We Fell (2021 film, via VVS) – Sunday, January 16
- Blumhouse's Fantasy Island (2019 film, via Sony, previously on Prime Video) – Thursday, January 27
Disney+ currently costs $11.99 per month, or $119.99 per year, in Canada. Star, its mature programming hub, 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 these monthly listings, so we have to rely on 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
- Eternals (2021 Marvel Studios film starring Gemma Chan and Kumail Nanjiani) – Wednesday, January 12
Notable Disney+ original series
- The World According to Jeff Goldblum (season 2, part 2) – Wednesday, January 19
- Ongoing, new episodes weekly: The Book of Boba Fett (Wednesdays)
Notable Star original or exclusive series
- Superstar (ABC News-produced biography series; aired on ABC periodically since summer 2021) – Wednesday, January 19
- The Informant: Fear and Faith in the Heartland (ABC News Studios-produced docuseries; released on Hulu in November) – Friday, January 21
- Hit-Monkey (first season of the Marvel adult animated series starring the voices of Ally Maki, Olivia Munn, George Takei, and Jason Sudeikis; released on Hulu in November) – Wednesday, January 26
- Ongoing, new episodes weekly (Wednesdays): The Great North (Jan. 12, 19, 26); Family Guy (Jan. 19, 26); The Simpsons (Jan. 19); Bob's Burgers (Jan. 26) [Fox-originated animated shows are added 10–31 days after their U.S. broadcasts]
Notable library programming
- The Americans (all six seasons of the 2013–18 FX series) – Wednesday, January 5
- The Most Dangerous Animal of All (2020 FX docuseries) – Friday, January 7
- The Amazing Race (seasons 1–25, i.e. all seasons aired from 2001 to 2014) – Wednesday, January 12
- American Horror Story (seasons 4–9, i.e. Freak Show through 1984) – Wednesday, January 12
- A Teacher (2020 FX on Hulu miniseries) – Wednesday, January 12
- Additional FX series including: Black Narcissus, Hip Hop Uncovered, Legion, Pose (seasons 1–2), and What We Do in the Shadows (seasons 1–2) – Wednesday, January 19
- Additional FX series including: Atlanta (seasons 1–2), Baskets, Dave (season 1), and You're the Worst – Wednesday, January 26
Bell Media's Crave costs between $9.99 and $19.99 per month in Canada, depending on the number of streams, device support, and picture quality you need. Since October 2021, all programming (except Starz, listed separately below) has been included in all packages.
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
- JFL Gala 2021: Rita Baga and Jean-Thomas Jobin (two-part French-language stand-up comedy special available with English subtitles) – Sunday, January 2 (part 1) and January 9 (part 2)
- Fanny: The Right to Rock (2021 feature documentary about the Filipina-led rock group) – Monday, January 17
- Ongoing, new episodes weekly: 1 Queen, 5 Queers (Thursdays at 10:30 p.m. ET through Jan. 20)
HBO original programming
- Euphoria (season 2) – Sundays at 9:00 p.m. ET starting January 9
- The Righteous Gemstones (season 2) – Sundays at 10:00 p.m. ET starting January 9 (two-episode premiere)
- Somebody Somewhere (comedy series starring Bridget Everett) – Sundays at 10:30 p.m. ET starting January 16
- The Gilded Age (1880s New York-set drama created by Julian Fellowes) – Mondays at 9:00 p.m. ET starting January 24
- Ongoing, new episodes weekly: Chillin Island (Fridays at 10:30 p.m. ET through Jan. 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 starting January 21) [Last Week Tonight with John Oliver expected to return in February]
HBO Max original programming
- Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts (unscripted reunion special with most of the film casts) – Saturday, January 1
- Search Party (fifth and final season) – Friday, January 7
- My Mom, Your Dad (reality dating series featuing single parents – full first season) – Thursday, January 13
- Peacemaker (DC series – spinoff of The Suicide Squad starring John Cena) – Thursdays starting January 13
- The Fallout (dramatic film about the fallout of a school tragedy, starring Jenna Ortega) – Friday, January 28
- Ongoing, new episodes weekly: And Just Like That... (Thursdays through Jan. 20); Station Eleven (Thursdays through Jan. 13)
Showtime original programming
- Ray Donovan: The Movie (continuation / conclusion of the 2013–20 series starring Liev Schreiber) – Friday, January 14 at 9:00 p.m. ET
- Billions (season 6) – Sundays at 9:00 p.m. ET starting January 23
- We Need to Talk About Cosby (docuseries from W. Kamau Bell about the career and fall of Bill Cosby) – Sundays at 10:00 p.m. ET starting January 30
- Ongoing, new episodes weekly: Dexter: New Blood (Sundays at 9:00 p.m. ET through Jan. 9); Yellowjackets (Sundays at 10:00 p.m. ET through Jan. 16)
New / recent release movies
- Buckley's Chance (2021 Australian-Canadian drama starring Bill Nighy, via Vertical?) – Sunday, Janaury 2
- The Many Saints of Newark (2021 prequel to The Sopranos starring Alessandro Nivolam, Leslie Odom Jr., and Michael Gandolfini, via Warner Bros.) – Friday, January 7
- Riders of Justice [Retfærdighedens Ryttere] (2020 Danish action comedy, via Mongrel) – Friday, January 7
- Trigger Point (2021 Canadian drama starring Berry Pepper, Colm Feore and Eve Harlow, via LevelFilm) – Friday, January 7
- Nobody (2021 action thriller starring Bob Odenkirk and Connie Nielsen, via Universal) – Friday, January 14
- False Positive (2021 A24-produced horror film co-written by and starring Ilana Glazer, co-starring Justin Theroux and Pierce Brosnan, via Mongrel; released in the U.S. by Hulu in June) – Friday, January 21
- In the Earth (2021 horror film starring Joel Fry and Reece Shearsmith, via Elevation / Neon) – Friday, January 21
- Final Account (2020 documentary about the last generation of living German participants in World War Ⅱ, via Focus) – Thursday, January 27
- Black Bodies (2020 Canadian dramatic short film written and directed by Kelly Fyffe-Marshall, starring Donisha Prendergast and Komi Olaf) – Friday, January 28
- Reminiscence (2021 sci-fi thriller written and directed by Lisa Joy and starring Hugh Jackman, via Warner Bros.) – Friday, January 28
Notable library movies
- Sex and the City 2 (2010 film) – Friday, January 7
- A number of additional India-produced films (mostly from the early 2010s in Hindi or Telugu) – Friday, January 21
A much larger than usual selection of older library films are indicated as being added to both Crave and Starz (like Free Willy, Ocean's Twelve, and Patch Adams). This might be a listings error, or it might indicate a change in strategy in how these films are being handled across Crave and Starz.
Other notable licensed programming
- Doctor Who: "Eve of the Daleks" (first of three scheduled 2022 specials, premiering simultaneously on CTV Sci-Fi) – Saturday, January 1 at 8:00 p.m. ET
- Crossing Swords (season 2) – Wednesday, January 5 at 10:30 p.m. ET (season premiere is scheduled to air at the same time on CTV Comedy; not yet clear if episodes will roll out on Crave weekly or all at once)
- Star Trek: Prodigy (season 1, part 2) – Thursdays starting January 6
- The Adventures of Tintin (season 1, presumably of the 1991–92 animated series originally aired on Global and HBO U.S.) – Saturday, January 15
- Astrid and Lilly Save the World (Syfy-commissioned, Canadian-filmed sci-fi series) – Wednesdays starting January 26
In Canada, Starz costs $5.99 per month as an add-on to Crave (also available there for $59.99 per year), and on Apple TV Channels and Prime Video Channels.
Because of the much smaller range of original or notable programming compared to other services with their own sections, starting next month we'll move Starz programming to the "Notable new programming elsewhere" section.
There is only one original program ongoing on Starz in January – Power Book Ⅱ: Ghost (Sundays at 10:00 p.m. ET), and no new release movies. Classic movie arrivals are listed in the overall Crave listings press release.
Amazon's streaming service, Prime Video, is only available in Canada as part of an Amazon Prime membership, which is $7.99 per month or $79.00 per year, with a one-month trial available in most areas for first-time subscribers.
Prime Video's full monthly listings for Canada are emailed directly to us, among other media outlets.
Original (or exclusive Canadian distribution) programming
- Arctic Drift (documentary about an arctic research expedition, via Fremantle; previously aired on PBS as an edition of Nova) – Friday, January 7
- The Tender Bar (drama starring Ben Affleck and Lily Rabe, and directed by George Clooney) – Friday, January 7
- Vince Carter: Legacy (documentary about the retired basketball player; released in the U.S. on Crackle in October) – Thursday, January 13
- Do, Re & Mi (animated series for preschoolers, starring the voice of Kristen Bell among others) – Friday, January 14
- Hotel Transylvania: Transformania (streaming-exclusive fourth installment in the Sony Pictures Animation film series) – Friday, January 14
- As We See It (coming-of-age dramedy starring Rick Glassman, Albert Rutecki, and Sue Ann Pien) – Friday, January 21
- A Hero (Iranian drama starring Amir Jadidi and directed by Asghar Farhadi) – Friday, January 21
- The Legend of Vox Machina (animated fantasy series based on the Critical Role web series) – Friday, January 28
- Joe Bell (2021 drama starring Mark Wahlberg, via VVS) – Thursday, January 13
- Escape Room: Tournament of Champions (2021 horror film and sequel to the 2019 film, via Sony) – Thursday, January 27
Notable licensed programming
- Nancy Drew (CW series, season 2) – Friday, January 21
- Charmed (CW series, season 3) – Friday, January 28
CBC Gem is free to watch, but 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 original programming
- Who Do You Think I Am? (short-form interview series with "extraordinary people misrepresented by their exterior", hoster by Madison Tevlin) – Friday, January 7
- True Dating Stories (season 3) – Friday, January 28
Note: series originating on CBC Television, all of which are also available on Gem, are listed in the "Linear television" section below.
Notable premiere international programmg
- Pen15 (season 2, part 2; final episodes) – Monday, January 3
- Angela Black (British drama series starring Joanne Froggatt) – Friday, January 7
- Showtrial (British drama miniseries starring Céline Buckens and Hannah Ellis) – Friday, January 7
- Brassic (season 3) – Friday, January 14
- Thin Blue Line (Swedish police drama created by Cilla Jackert) – Friday, January 14
- Mark Moriarty: Off Duty Chef (Irish cooking series) – Friday, January 21
- Belsen: The Untold Story (2020 British documentary about the concentration camp) – Thursday, January 27
- Barack Obama Talks to David Olusoga (2020 BBC interview special) – Friday, January 28
Other notable international programming
- The Office (UK season 2) – Friday, January 7
- People Just Do Nothing (2014 British pirate radio mockumentary series) – Friday, January 14
- Ripper Street (season 4) – Friday, January 14
- Muhammed Ali (documentary miniseries by Ken Burns, previously aired in the U.S. on PBS) – Friday, January 28
Notable new programming elsewhere
Linear television (with streaming options where available)
- CBC Television (most premiering week of Jan. 3): Hot Docs documentaries (Sundays starting Jan. 2); Son of a Critch (Tuesdays); Workin' Moms (season 6 – Tuesdays); Run the Burbs (Wednesdays); Still Standing (season 7 – Wednesdays); Pretty Hard Cases (season 2 – Wednesdays); Coroner (season 4 – Thursdays); Arctic Vets (season 2 – Fridays); TallBoyz (season 3 – Tuesdays starting Jan. 25)
- CTV: various new/returning programming including 9–1–1: Lone Star, The Cleaning Lady, and Transplant (all airing Mondays starting Jan. 3); This is Us (final season – Tuesdays starting Jan. 4); Call Me Kat and Pivoting (Sunday, Jan. 9; Thursdays thereafter); Children Ruin Everything (Wednesdays starting Jan. 12)
- Global (also on StackTV): various new/returning programming including Good Sam (Wednesdays starting Jan. 5); Abbott Elementary (Wednesdays from Jan. 5 to 19, Thursdays starting Jan. 26, but airs Tuesdays on ABC); Women of the Movement (Thursdays starting Jan. 6)
- Citytv: various new/returning programming including American Auto, Grand Crew, and Kenan (Tuesdays starting Jan. 4) [we were previously under the impression Young Rock and Mr. Mayor were also returning in earnest in January; in fact they will return in March]
- PBS (streaming in Canada via PBS Passport for station members, with dramas also available via the PBS Masterpiece channel on Prime Video): Around the World in 80 Days (2021 adaptation starring David Tennant – Sundays starting Jan. 2); All Creatures Great and Small (season 2 – Sundays starting Jan. 9)
- CTV Drama: Claws (fourth and final season – Sundays starting Jan. 9)
- Showcase (also on StackTV): MacGruber (Sundays starting Jan. 9); new seasons of A.P. Bio, Hitmen, and Code 404 (Sundays starting Jan. 9); Naomi (Tuesdays starting Jan. 11); consult press release for mid-season return dates for additional series
- W Network (also on StackTV): I Am (anthology drama – Wednesdays starting Jan. 5); This Way Up (Thursdays starting Jan. 6)
- Super Channel (available as a channel on Prime Video and Apple TV): The Teacher (British thriller – Sundays starting Jan. 16)
- Apple TV+: The Tragedy of MacBeth (Joel Coen adaptation starring Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand – Friday, Jan. 14); Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock (Friday, Jan. 21); Servant (season 3 – Fridays starting Jan. 21); The Afterparty (Fridays starting Jan. 28)
- AMC+ (available in Canada as a channel on Prime Video and Apple TV; some programming may be available later on the AMC TV channel): A Discovery of Witches (season 3 – Saturdays starting Jan. 8, also on Shudder and Sundance Now); La Fortuna (Thursdays starting Jan. 20)
- BritBox (also available as a channel on Prime Video and Apple TV): Vera (season 11, part 2 – Sunday, Jan. 9); Father Brown (season 9 – Tuesday, Jan. 18); 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (season 19 – Friday, Jan. 21); Doctors (soap opera – weekdays beginning Monday, Jan. 24); Hope Street (episodes released daily starting Monday, Jan. 31)
- Discovery+: Please refer to this press release for a list of programs premiering on Discovery+ in the U.S. in January. We expect that most will also be available on Discovery+ in Canada but can't guarantee that any specific program will be available.
Canadian broadcasts not yet confirmed
- Janet (two-part documentary about Janet Jackson) – scheduled to air in the U.S. on A&E and Lifetime, Friday and Saturday, January 28-29. Most likely this will air solely on A&E in Canada (as have similar simulcasts in the past like Roots) rather than airing on Lifetime Canada, but we don't know for sure.
Major theatrical releases
- Friday, Jan. 7: The 355 (Universal in U.S., eOne in Canada)
- Friday, Jan. 14: Scream (Paramount)
- Friday, Jan. 21: The King's Daughter (Cineplex Pictures / Gravitas); Redeeming Love (Universal)
- Friday, Jan. 28:
Morbius (Sony)[delayed to April 1]
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Happy new year, and for those of you receiving this by email, we'll see you again with our next weekly newsletter on Monday, January 10.
- January 4, 2022 – added a couple of listings we originally missed for Crave: We Need to Talk About Cosby and Riders of Justice
- January 2, 2022 – added Around the World in 80 Days (PBS)
- December 31, 2021 – added Canadian premiere date for the new season of Claws, which we noticed shortly after first publishing this guide