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Hi, hope you're having a good weekend so far. It's time for our monthly summary of notable new programming coming to streaming services and TV channels in Canada.
Because the month starts on a Sunday, we're sending this our to our email newsletter subscribers on the weekend, ahead of our regular Monday date. Our next regular newsletter will be on Monday, May 9.
The usual reminders: 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.
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. All release times (where applicable) are in Eastern Daylight Time unless otherwise indicated. 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 $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
- Summertime (season 3) – Wednesday, May 4
- The Circle (season 4) – Wednesday, May 4
- Meltdown: Three Mile Island (docuseries) – Wednesday, May 4
- The Pentaverate (comedy series spinoff of So I Married an Axe Murderer, created by and starring Mike Myers) – Thursday, May 5
- Wild Babies (nature docuseries) – Thursday, May 5
- Bling Empire (season 2) – Friday, May 13
- The Lincoln Lawyer (legal drama created by David E. Kelley based on the Michael Connelly novel The Brass Verdict, starring Manuel Garcia-Rulfo) – Friday, May 13
- Vampire in the Garden (anime) – Monday, May 16
- Who Killed Sara? (season 3) – Wednesday, May 18
- Love on the Spectrum U.S. (based on the Australian reality series) – Wednesday, May 18
- The G Word with Adam Conover (docuseries from the Adam Ruins Everything star, about government) – Thursday, May 19
- The Boss Baby: Back in the Crib (series continuation of the franchise's 2021 sequel Family Business) – Thursday, May 19
- Love, Death & Robots ("volume" 3) – Friday, May 20
- Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 (season 2) – Monday, May 23
- Somebody Feed Phil (season 5) – Wednesday, May 25
- Stranger Things (season 4, part 1) – Friday, May 27
Notable original (or exclusive-distribution "original") films
- Hold Your Breath: The Ice Dive (documentary) – Tuesday, May 3
- Marmaduke (computer-animated movie based on the comic strip, starring the voices of Pete Davidson and J.K. Simmons) – Friday, May 6
- The Takedown [Loin du périph] (French action comedy and sequel to 2012's On the Other Side of the Tracks, starring Omar Sy and Laurent Lafitte) – Friday, May 6
- The Getaway King [Najmro. Kocha, kradnie, szanuje] (Polish action comedy starring Dawid Ogrodnik released in Polish cinemas in September 2021; Netflix has exclusive rights in selected countries including Canada) – Wednesday, May 11
- Operation Mincemeat (British war drama directed by John Madden [not the football coach], starring Colin Firth and Kelly Macdonald; was theatrically released by Warner Bros. in much of Europe in April, but Netflix has exclusive rights in the Americas) – Wednesday, May 11
- Our Father (true crime documentary) – Wednesday, May 11
- Senior Year (high school-set comedy starring Rebel Wilson, originally intended for theatrical release by Paramount) – Friday, May 13
- A Perfect Pairing (Australia-set romantic comedy starring Victoria Justice) – Thursday, May 19
- Jackass 4.5 (compilation of additional footage filmed for Jackass Forever) – Friday, May 20
Notable original specials
- Christina P: Mom Genes (stand-up comedy special) – Sunday, May 8
Notable licensed programming
- Dolittle (2020 Universal film, previously on Crave) – Sunday, May 1
- The Hunt (2020 Universal film, previously on Crave) – Sunday, May 1
- Sonic the Hedgehog (2020 Paramount film, previously on Prime) – Sunday, May 15
- 21 Bridges (2019 STX / Elevation film, previously on Prime) – Sunday, May 29
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
- Sneakerella (musical comedy film loosely based on Cinderella, starring Chosen Jacobs and Lexi Underwood) – Friday, May 13
- Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers (adventure comedy film continuation of the 1989–90 animated series, starring the voices of John Mulaney and Andy Samberg) – Friday, May 20
Notable Disney+ original series
- The Quest (reboot of a fantasy-based reality competition series which previously aired in 2014 on ABC, co-produced by Scout Productions [Queer Eye] and New Media Collective [The Amazing Race]) – Wednesday, May 11
- Obi-Wan Kenobi (Star Wars miniseries set after Revenge of the Sith, starring Ewan McGregor) – two-episode premiere on Friday, May 27; new episodes Wednesdays thereafter
- Ongoing, new episodes weekly: Moon Knight (finale May 4; Assembled special May 11)
Notable Star original series
- Pistol (bio-drama miniseries about the Sex Pistols, directed by Danny Boyle, commissioned by FX for U.S. release on Hulu) – Tuesday, May 31
- Ongoing, new episodes weekly: The Kardashians (Wednesdays); Bob's Burgers, The Great North, The Simpsons (all on Sundays except May 1 – delayed from Fox airings by at least one week); Family Guy (Sundays except May 1 & 8 – same caveat for Fox airings)
Notable library programming
- Better Things (fifth and final season, previously aired on FX Canada) – Wednesday, May 4
- Cupid (presumably the one-season 2009 ABC series starring Bobby Cannavale and Sarah Paulson, as opposed to the 1998 series of which it was a reboot) – Wednesday, May 4
- Fresh Off the Boat (2015–20 ABC sitcom) – Wednesday, May 4
- October Road (2007–08 ABC drama) – Wednesday, May 4
- The Joy Luck Club (1993 Hollywood Pictures fim) – Friday, May 6
- Abbott Elementary (season 1, previously aired on Global) – Wednesday, May 11
- Rebel (2021 ABC/CTV drama) – Wednesday, May 11
- This Is Us (seasons 1–3 of the 2016–22 NBC/CTV drama produced by 20th Television) – Wednesday, May 11
- Dave (season 2, previously aired on FXX Canada) – Wednesday, May 18
- One Mississippi (2015–17 FXP-produced Prime Video series co-created by and starring Tig Notaro) – Wednesday, May 18
- L.A. Confidential (1997 neo-noir film co-written and directed by Curtis Hanson, starring Kevin Spacey and Russell Crowe, originally distributed by Warner Bros., but produced by Regency and now distributed by its part-owner 20th Century Studios) – Friday, May 27
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 (and should not be confused with Star on Disney+), 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 (we also use Crave's linear listings for some data). Dates listed are for streaming availability; premiere airings on Crave's linear channels may vary. 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 original programming
- Shoresy (hockey-focused spinoff of Letterkenny, also starring Jared Keeso) – Fridays starting May 13 (two episodes weekly)
- Kyle Brownrigg: Introducing Lyle (stand-up comedy special) – Friday, May 27
HBO original programming
- Spring Awakening: Those You've Known (reunion concert special with the original Broadway cast of the 2006 musical) – Tuesday, May 3 at 9:00 p.m.
- The Time Traveler's Wife (Steven Moffat-helmed drama series adaptation of the Audrey Niffenegger novel, starring Rose Leslie and Theo James) – Sundays at 9:00 p.m. starting May 15
- George Carlin's American Dream (two-part documenary) – Friday & Saturday, May 20 & 21 at 8:00 p.m.
- Pause with Sam Jay (season 2) – Fridays at 11:00 p.m. starting May 20
- Ongoing, new episodes weekly: Winning Time (Sundays at 9:00 p.m. through May 8); Barry (Sundays at 10:00 p.m.); The Baby (Sundays at 10:30 p.m.); We Own This City (Mondays at 9:00 p.m.); Gentleman Jack (Mondays at 10:00 p.m.); A Black Lady Sketch Show (Fridays at 11:00 p.m.)
- 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. except May 27); Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (Sundays at 11:00 p.m. except May 29)
HBO Max original programming
- The Staircase (true crime drama series based on the 2004 docuseries about the trial of Michael Peterson, starring Colin Firth and Toni Collette) – Thursdays starting May 5 (three-episode premiere, then one episode per week)
- Hacks (season 2) – Thursdays starting May 12 (two episodes per week)
- Legendary (season 3) – Thursdays starting May 19
- Ongoing, new episodes weekly (Thursdays): The Flight Attendant; Julia (season finale May 5)
Showtime original programming
- Ziwe (season 2) – Fridays starting Apr. 29 (linear premiere on Crave 1 Sundays at 11:00 p.m.)
- Vice (season 3 of the Showtime iteration of the series) – Sundays starting May 1 (linear premiere on Crave 1 at 8:00 p.m.)
- Sheryl (documentary about musician Sheryl Crow) – Friday, May 6 (linear premiere on Crave 3 at 9:55 p.m.)
- Couples Therapy (season 3, part 1 [9 episodes]) – Friday, May 13
- Ongoing, new episodes weekly: The First Lady (Sundays); The Man Who Fell From Earth (Sundays); Desus & Mero (Thursdays at 11:00 p.m.); I Love That For You (Fridays)
New / recent release movies
- I'm Your Man (2021 German sci-fi romance film starring Maren Egger and Dan Stevens, via Mongrel) – Friday, May 6
- Mogul Mowgli (2020 British drama starring and co-written by Riz Ahmed, via Photon) – Friday, May 6
- The 355 (2022 spy film starring Jessica Chastain and Penélope Cruz, via eOne) – Friday, May 6
- See for Me (2021 Canadian thriller directed by Randall Okita, starring Skyler Davenport, via LevelFilm) – Friday, May 13
- The Matrix Resurrections (2021 sci-fi action film co-written and directed by Lana Wachowski and fourth film in the franchise, starring Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, via Warner Bros.) – Friday, May 13
- Cosmic Dawn (2022 Canadian sci-fi film written and directed by Jefferson Moneo, starring Camille Rowe, via LevelFilm) – Friday, May 20
- Old (2021 thriller written and directed by M. Night Shymalan, with a large ensemble cast, via Universal) – Friday, May 20
- Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain (documentary directed by Morgan Neville, via Universal / Focus; previously aired in Canada on CNN) – Friday, May 20
- Ron's Gone Wrong (2021 animated film starring the voices of Zach Galifianakis and Jack Dylan Grazer, via 20th Century; already available in Canada on Disney+) – Friday, May 20
- Dear Evan Hansen (2021 adaptation of the musical, starring Ben Platt and Amy Adams, via Universal) – Friday, May 27
- South of Heaven (2021 crime film starring Jason Sudeikis and Evangeline Lilly, via Universal) – Friday, May 27
New / recent release short films
- She Whistles [Kwêskosîw] (Canadian thriller short film written and directed by Thirza Cuthand, starring Sera-Lys McArthur) – Tuesday, May 3
Notable library movies
- Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird (1985, via Warner Bros.) – Friday, May 20
Other notable licensed programming
- Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (Discovery spinoff starring Anson Mount, Rebecca Romijn, and Ethan Peck) – Thursdays starting May 5 (also on CTV Sci-Fi)
- Leverage: Redemption (season 1, previously aired on CTV Drama) – Friday, May 6
- The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Presents: Jordan Klepper Fingers the Globe – Hungary for Democracy (special, aired on CTV Comedy on April 21) – Friday, May 13
- Cookie Monster's Foodie Truck and Elmo's World (collections of the Sesame Street segments) – Friday, May 20
- RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars (season 7) – Fridays starting May 20 (two-episode premiere)
- Ongoing, new episodes weekly: Star Trek: Picard (season finale May 5)
Not yet confirmed
- Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore – may be available as soon as Monday, May 30 (45 days after theatrical release by Warner Bros.)
Notable new programming on Starz
- Finding Kendrick Johnson (documentary, aired by Starz U.S. in December 2021) – Thursday, May 19
- American Underdog (2021 sports biofilm about NFL player Kurt Warner, starring Zachary Levi, via Lionsgate) – Friday, May 20
- Ongoing: Gaslit (Sundays)
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
- Bosch: Legacy (spinoff/continuation of the 2014–21 Prime Video series, starring Titus Welliver, commissioned by Amazon Freevee U.S.) – Fridays starting May 6 (four episode premiere, then two episodes weekly through May 27)
- The Unsolved Murder of Beverly Lynn Smith (docuseries from Nathalie Bibeau about the 1974 murder in Oshawa, Ontario) – Friday, May 6
- The Wilds (season 2) – Friday, May 6
- The Kids in the Hall (continuation of the 1988–95 CBC series, starring Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney and Scott Thompson) – Friday, May 13
- Conversations with Friends (BBC/Hulu-commissioned limited series based on the 2017 Sally Rooney novel, starring Alison Oliver, via Endevor Content) – Monday, May 16
- Made for Love (season 2) – Friday, May 20
- Night Sky (sci-fi series starring Sissy Spacek and J.K. Simmons) – Friday, May 20
- Totems (Cold War-set French spy series starring Niels Schneider and Vera Kolesnikova) – Friday, May 20
- The Kids in the Hall: Comedy Punks (documentary about the comedy troupe) – Friday, May 20
- Kick Like Tayla (documentary about women's Australian rules footballer Tayla Harris) – Friday, May 27
- Iain Stirling: Failing Upwards (stand-up comedy special) – Friday, May 27
- Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021 supernatural comedy film and fourth in the franchise, directed by Jason Reitman, starring Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, and Paul Rudd, via Sony) – Thursday, May 19
- Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City (2021 action horror film based on the video game franchise and reboot of the film franchise, written and directed by Johannes Roberts, Kaya Scodelario and Robbie Amell, via Elevation) – Friday, May 27
Notable licensed programming
- Bourne film franchise (five films, 2002–16) – Sunday, May 1
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 CBC Gem original programming
- CBX: Canadian Ballroom Extravaganza (reality ballroom competition series) – Friday, May 6
- Zarqa (short-form sitcom series starring Zarqa Nawaz) – Friday, May 13
Notable other Canadian programming
- Jewish Heritage Month collection (various newly-added Canadian and international documentaries, including 2021 Canadian documentary My Tree) – added Friday, April 29
- Esi Edugyan: Out of the Sun (TV adaptation of the 2021 CBC Massey Lectures) – added Saturday, April 30 (also on CBC TV)
- Various 2022 Juno Awards-related specials including Junofest showcases, the Songwriters' Circle, and the Opening Night awards – various dates from April 29 to May 14
- From the Vine (2020 Canadian-Italian drama film starring Joe Pantoliano) – Friday, May 6
- 51st Annual Juno Awards – Sunday, May 15 at 8:00 p.m. ET (pre-show at 7:00, both also on CBC TV)
Notable premiere international programmg
- The Princes and the Press (2021 BBC docuseries about the differences in the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex', relationships with the media) – added Friday, April 29
- Hiccups & Hookups (2021 Indian dramedy series starring Lara Dutta and Prateik Babbar) – Sunday, May 1
- The Six: Titanic's Last Secret (2020 documentary about six Chinese survivors of the sinking of the Titanic) – Sunday, May 1
- Writing with Fire (2021 Indian documentary, recent Oscar nominee for best documentary feature) – Wednesday, May 4
- Trigger Point (2021 British drama series starring Vicky McClure) – Friday, May 13
- House of Maxwell (2021 British documentary miniseries about Ghislaine Maxwell) – Friday, May 20
- Twenties (season 2; described as an "exclusive Canadian premiere" but originally aired on BET U.S. – unclear if it aired on BET's Canadian feed) – Friday, May 20
Other notable international programming
- Casual (both seasons of the 2015–18 Hulu / Crave series, also currently available on Netflix in Canada) – Wednesday, May 4
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)
- Global (also on StackTV): Fantasy Island (season 2 – Tuesdays starting May 31)
- Citytv (also on Citytv+): The Chase (season 3 – Tuesdays starting May 3); Duncanville (season 3 – Sundays starting May 8 [episode 1 on Fox on May 1])
- FX (also on Citytv+): Breeders (season 3 – Mondays starting May 9)
- Super Channel (also available as a channel on Prime Video and Apple TV): see monthly premieres here
- AMC+ (available on Prime Video and Apple TV): The Ipcress File (2022 UK miniseries – Thursdays starting May 19; also on Sundance Now)
- Apple TV+: The Big Conn (docuseries – May 6); Tehran (season 2 – Fridays starting May 6); The Essex Serpent (period drama – Fridays starting May 13); Harriet the Spy (S1 part 2 – May 20); Now and Then (thriller – Fridays starting May 20); Prehistoric Planet (nature docuseries – May 23–27)
- BritBox (also available as a channel on Prime Video and Apple TV): Death in Paradise (season 11 – Tuesdays from May 3–24); Kate & Koji (season 2 – May 10); The Responder (drama starring Martin Freeman – May 24); Unforgotten (season 4 – May 31)
- Discovery+: See May programming press release; not all programs listed will necessarily be available in Canada
- Paramount+ (also available as add-on to Apple TV): Blue Bloods (seasons 1-11 – May 3); Paranormal Activity franchise (six films – May 3); The Challenge: All Stars (season 3 – starts May 24); Yo! MTV Raps (reboot – May 24)
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