Welcome to the November 1, 2021 edition (#43) of This Week in WCIW, the weekly newsletter from Where Can I Watch – covering the latest news on where TV shows and movies will be available in Canada.
It's time for our monthly summary of notable new programming coming to streaming services and TV channels 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.
Due to the time commitment involved, we'll leave discussion of other Canadian streaming service news – like the changes to Crave's service tiers announced this past week – for a future newsletter.
A few quick notes before we get into the listings:
- In a few cases we've included series with weekly releases that launched late in October but weren't scheduled when we posted that month's summary.
- 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.
- 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 its Twitter account, 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 posts as well as other sources.
Because of the sheer amount of content Netflix releases each month, we've decided to be 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
- Big Mouth (season 5) – Friday, November 5
- Tiger King (season 2 of the docuseries, also being promoted as Tiger King 2) – Wednesday, November 17
- Cowboy Bebop (live-action adaptation of the anime series) – Friday, November 19
Notable original (or exclusive-distribution "original") films and specials
- The Harder They Fall (western starring Jonathan Majors, Idris Elba, and Regina King) – Wednesday, November 3
- Red Notice (action comedy starring Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, and Gal Gadot) – Thursday, November 11
- The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star – Thursday, November 18
- Tick, Tick... Boom! (musical drama directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda based on the stage musical by Jonathan Larson) – Friday, November 19
- Robin Robin (Aardman animated musical special) – Wednesday, November 24
Notable licensed programming
- Downton Abbey (the 2019 film) – Nov. 1
- Hustlers – Nov. 1
- A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood – Nov. 2
- Richard Jewell – Nov. 3
- Everybody Loves Raymond (seasons 1-5) – Nov. 10
- Birds of Prey... (2020 film) – Nov. 15
- Vikings (season 4) – Nov. 30
Disney+ currently costs $11.99 per month, or $119.99 per year, in Canada (with a promotional $1.99 first month being offered to new and eligible returning customers from November 8 to 14). 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
- Jungle Cruise (becoming available without Premier Access) – Friday, November 12
- Home Sweet Home Alone (sixth film in the franchise, starring Ellie Kemper, Rob Delaney, and Archie Yates) – Friday, November 12
- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Marvel Studios film starring Simu Liu) – Friday, November 12
- The Simpsons in Plusaversary (new Disney-themed short) – Friday, November 12
Notable Disney+ original series
- Hawkeye (Marvel Studios series starring Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld) – Wednesdays starting November 24 (two-episode premiere)
- The Beatles: Get Back (three-part docuseries directed by Peter Jackson) – parts released daily Thursday-Saturday, November 25–27
- Ongoing, new episodes weekly (Wednesdays): Doogie Kamealoha, M.D. (through Nov. 10)
Notable Star original (or exclusive distribution) series
- Dopesick (Hulu-commissioned drama starring Michael Keaton) – premieres Friday, November 12; weekly on Wednesdays thereafter
- Hit-Monkey (Marvel adult animated series) – Wednesdays starting November 17
- Solar Opposites Christmas special – Monday, November 22
- Ongoing, new episodes weekly (Wednesdays): The Simpsons; The Great North; Bob's Burgers (except Nov. 10, 24); Family Guy (except Nov. 10) [all being adding 10–31 days after their U.S. broadcasts on Fox]
Notable library programming
- Deadpool 2 – Wednesday, November 3
- Jojo Rabbit – Wednesday, November 3
- Enchanted – Friday, November 12
- Dollface (season 1) – Wednesday, November 17 (currently available on Crave)
Bell Media's Crave recently eliminated its Movies + HBO and Super Écran add-on tiers and merged their programming into its main library (Super Écran remains available without Crave through TV service providers). The service is now available for between $9.99 and $19.99 per month in Canada, depending on the number of streams, device support, and picture quality you need. Starz remains a separate add-on subscription (see separate section below).
Crave's full list of arrivals is posted on Bell Media's press site; we've also used Crave's linear TV schedule for November as a reference as this lists a couple of additional titles (though note a few timeslots listed as "to be confirmed"). 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.
- Citizen Minutes (series of eight short documentaries about civic engagement, as part of a Hot Docs initiative) – Wednesday, November 3
- Corner Gas: Animated – "Ruby Re-burn" (season 4, episode 13; series finale) – Friday, November 5 (will have already aired on CTV Comedy)
- Jann (season 3 of the Canadian comedy starring Jann Arden) – Friday, November 19 (previously aired on CTV)
- Mary Makes it Easy (season 1A of the culinary series starring Mary Berg) – Friday, November 26 (previously aired on CTV Life)
- Ongoing, new episodes weekly: Canada's Drag Race (Thursdays at 9:00 p.m.. ET)
HBO original programming
- Dear Rider: The Jake Burton Story (Red Bull Media-produced documentary about the snowboarding pioneer) – Tuesday, November 9 at 9:00 p.m. ET
- A Choice of Weapons: Inspired by Gordon Parks (documentary about the documentary photographer and artists inspired by him) – Monday, November 15 at 10:00 p.m. ET
- Simple as Water (documentary from Megan Mylan about Syrian refugee families) – Tuesday, November 16 at 9:00 p.m. ET
- 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (honouring Foo Fighters, The Go-Go's, Jay-Z, Carole King, Todd Rundgren, Tina Turner; recorded October 30) – Saturday, November 20 at 8:00 p.m. ET
- Black and Missing (four-part docuseries from Geeta Gandbhir and Soledad O'Brien about Black missing persons cases) – episodes 1-2 premiere Tuesday, November 23 at 8:00–10:00 p.m. ET; episodes 3-4 premiere in same timeslot on Wednesday, November 24
- Music Box (Bill Simmons' music documentary anthology) – Fridays at 11:00 p.m. ET: Jagged (November 19, per linear schedule); DMX: Don't Try to Understand (November 26)
- How To with John Wilson (season 2 of the comedy docuseries) – Fridays at 10:00 p.m. ET starting November 26
- "Larry David Project" (working title? limited information available at this time) – parts 1 and 2 available Monday, November 29 at 10:00 p.m. ET
- Life of Crime: 1984–2020 (documentary covering 36 years in the lives of three friends in Newark caught in cycles of addiction and street crime) – Tuesday, November 30 at 9:00 p.m. ET
- Ongoing, new episodes weekly: Succession (Sundays at 9:00 p.m. ET); Insecure (Sundays at 10:00 p.m. ET); Curb Your Enthusiasm (Sundays at 10:30 p.m. ET)
- Weekly "live" programming (new episodes premiere on the HBO linear channel and are not posted on-demand until the next day): We're Here (Mondays at 9:00 p.m. ET); Real Time with Bill Maher (Fridays at 10:00 p.m. ET through Nov. 19); Axios (Sundays at 6:00 p.m. ET); Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (Sundays at 11:00 p.m. ET through Nov. 14)
HBO Max original programming
(Because Crave is no longer splitting programming into tiers, we're now including some programs like Doom Patrol in this section that we previously included in "other notable licensed programming".)
- Love Life (season 2 of the romantic comedy anthology series, with this season starring William Jackson Harper) – episodes 1-3 were released Thursday, October 28, episodes 4-6 available November 4, remaining episodes (7-10) available November 11
- Selena + Chef (season 3 of the cooking show with Selena Gomez and guests) – episodes 1-3 were released Thursday, October 28, episodes 4-6 available November 4, remaining episodes (7-10) available November 11
- Head of the Class (2021 reboot of the 1986-91 ABC sitcom, co-produced by Bill Lawrence and starring Isabella Gomez) – full first season (ten episodes) available Thursday, November 4 (and airing on Crave 1 starting at 2:30 p.m. ET)
- Kamikaze (Danish coming-of-age drama series starring Marie Reuther) – two episodes available each Sunday starting November 14
- The Sex Lives of College Girls (teen comedy-drama series created by Mindy Kaling, starring Pauline Chalamet and Amrit Kaur) – multiple episodes available each Thursday starting November 18
- Craftopia (season 2 ["Holiday Showdown"]) – remaining four episodes available Thursday, November 18
- 12 Dates of Christmas (season 2 of the reality series) – available in full on Thursday, November 25
- 8-Bit Christmas (Christmas comedy film starring Neil Patrick Harris) – premieres on Crave 1 on Saturday, November 27 at 7:15 p.m. ET (per linear schedule); will likely be available to stream on Thursday, Nov. 25 (same as expected for HBO Max)
- Gossip Girl (2021, season 1, part 2, episodes 7–??) – currently listed by HBO Max as premiering in November with "exact dates to be announced". The Super Écran linear schedule indicates the French-language dubs of the first two of these episodes will premiere on Friday, November 26.
- Ongoing, new episodes weekly: Doom Patrol (Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. ET through Nov. 11)
HBO international original programming
- Folklore (HBO Asia horror anthology series) – Wednesday, November 10
- Food Lore (HBO Asia dramatic anthology series "inspired by Asian cuisines") – Wednesday, November 10
- Miss Sherlock (HBO Asia / Hulu Japan detective series) – Wednesday, November 10
Showtime original programming
- Attica (documentary about the 1971 uprising at the Attica Correctional Facility) – Saturday, November 6 at 9:00 p.m. ET
- Dexter: New Blood (limited series sequel to the 2006–13 crime drama series starring Michael C. Hall) – Sundays at 9:00 p.m. ET starting November 7
- Yellowjackets (drama series about four adults who survived a plane crash as teenagers, starring Melanie Lynskey, Tawny Cypress, Christina Ricci, and Juliette Lewis) – Sundays at 10:00 p.m. starting November 14
- Even More Funny Women of a Certain Age (third in a now-annual series of standup specials featuring experienced women comics) – Wednesday, November 24
- Cusp (documentary about three teenage girls in a small Texas town) – Friday, November 26 at 9:00 p.m. ET
- Ongoing, new episodes weekly: Wakefield (Mondays at 9:00 p.m. ET); Desus & Mero (Thursdays and Sundays at 11:00 p.m. ET through Nov. 21); The Circus (midseason finale Sunday, Nov. 7 at 8:00 p.m. ET); American Rust (season finale Sunday, Nov. 7 at 10:00 p.m. ET)
New / recent release movies
- Boogie (2021 drama written and directed by Eddie Huang, via Focus) – Friday, November 5
- In the Heights (2021 musical adaptation, via Warner Bros.) – Friday, November 5
- Land (2021 drama starring and directed by Robin Wright, via Focus) – Friday, November 12
- Silk Road (2021 drama, via Lionsgate; already available on Starz [and in French via Super Écran]) – Friday, November 12
- Golden Arm (2020 comedy firm, via Vortex Media) – Friday, November 19
- Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021 horror film, via Lionsgate; already available on Starz [and in French via Super Écran]) – Friday, November 19
- We Broke Up (2021 comedy starring William Jackson Harper, via Vertical?) – Friday, November 19
- Light of My Life (2019 drama written, directed, and starring Casey Affleck, via Saban Films) – Friday, November 26
- Pig (2021 drama starring Nicholas Cage, via Elevation) – Friday, November 26
- The Christmas Ball (2021 Lifetime drama starring Deidre Mullins, Nick Hendrix, and Caroline Langrishe) – Friday, November 26
Notable library movies
- Rock of Ages (2012) – Friday, November 5
- Numerous Chinese-language films including Police Story (1985) and Chungking Express (1994) – Wednesday, November 10
- Numerous classic movies, including holiday-themed films like Eight Crazy Nights (2002), Elf (2003), and It's a Wonderful Life (1946) – Friday, November 12
- All eight movies in the main Harry Potter film series (2001–2011) – Friday, November 26
- The Bank Job (2008) – Friday, November 26
Other notable licensed programming
- Doctor Who (series 13, subtitled "Flux") – Sundays at 8:00 p.m. ET starting October 31 (airing simultaneously on CTV Sci-Fi)
- Martial Universe (both seasons of the 2018 Chinese action series) – Wednesday, November 10
- The Legend of Haolan (2019 Chinese drama series) – Wednesday, November 10
- The Wolf (2020 Chinese drama series) – Wednesday, November 10
- Various perennial Christmas/holiday specials (e.g A Colbert Christmas, Doctor Who Christmas specials) – Friday, November 12
- The New York Times Presents: The Killing of Nathaniel Woods – Friday, November 12
- The Center Seat: 55 Years of Star Trek (documentary; debuting the same time on CTV Sci-Fi) – Thursday, November 18 at 10:00 p.m. ET
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses (four-part quiz competition about the book/film series commissioned by TBS / Cartoon Network U.S.) – Sundays at 8:00 p.m. ET starting November 28
- Ongoing, new episodes weekly: Star Trek: Prodigy (Thursdays)
Notable departing programming not moving elsewhere shortly
- Tracey Ullman's Show (all three seasons of the 2016–18 BBC / HBO series) – November 1 [also departed HBO U.S. in late October, so likely a result of HBO's North American term of licence ending]
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.
Starz Canada arrivals are included in the Crave listings, but we list them separately here due to the multiple subscription options. Airtimes listed for Starz original programs are for linear premieres, but most become available to stream earlier on the indicated date.
Starz original series
- Power Book Ⅱ: Ghost (season 2 of the 50 Cent-produced drama spin-off) – Sundays at 10:00 p.m. ET starting November 21
- Ongoing, new episodes weekly: Hightown (Sundays at 9:00 p.m. ET); BMF (Sundays at 10:00 p.m. ET through Nov. 14)
New / recent release movies
- Siberia (2020 European-produced drama starring Willem Dafoe, via Lionsgate) – Friday, November 5
- Die in a Gunfight (2021 romantic crime thriller starring Alexandra Daddario and Diego Boneta, via Lionsgate) – Friday, November 26
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
- The Alpinist (documentary about climber Marc-André Leclerc, produced by Red Bull Media) – Thursday, November 4
- Tommy Little: I'll See Myself Out (standup special) – Friday, November 5
- The Electrical Life of Louis Wain (biographical drama film starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Claire Foy) – Friday, November 5
- A Man Named Scott: The Kid Cudi Story (documentary about the musician, real name Scott Mescudi) – Friday, November 5
- Tampa Baes (unscripted series about a group of lesbian friends in Tampa) – Friday, November 5
- Yellowstone (season 4, premiering simultaneously on Paramount Network) – Sunday, November 7
- Always Jane (four-part docuseries about trans teenager Jane Noury) – Friday, November 12
- Mayor Pete (documentary about Pete Buttigieg's 2020 U.S. presidential primary campaign) – Friday, November 12
- The Wheel of Time (fantasy series based on Robert Jordan's books) – Fridays starting November 19
- The Great (season 2 of the historical comedy-drama series starring Elle Fanning, via Paramount) – Saturday, November 20
- Burning (documentary by Eva Orner about the 2019–20 Black Summer bushfires in Australia) – Wednesday, November 24
- Hanna (season 3 of the action drama series starring Esmé Creed-Miles) – Wednesday, November 24
- The Curse of Von Dutch (three-part docuseries about the apparel brand) – Friday, November 26
Includes films that have had a previous release in theatres or on transactional VOD platforms, unless directly co-produced by Amazon.
- Pharma Bro (documenary about Martin Shkreli, via Blumhouse) – Thursday, November 11
Notable licensed programming
- Normal People (2020 series, currently available on CBC Gem) – Thursday, November 18
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 Canadian programming
- The Intro (season 2 of the CBC Music series about emerging Canadian musicians) – Wednesday, November 10
Notable premiere international programming
CBC only marked a couple of shows this month as "premieres"; for most of these, we've listed them here as we are not aware of these seasons / series being available elsewhere.
- The Dissident (2020 documentary about Jamal Khashoggi directed by Bryan Fogel) – Friday, November 5
- The Oxy Kingpins (2021 documentary about the opioid crisis from Brendan Fitzgerald) – Friday, November 12
- Britannia (season 3) – Friday, November 19
- A Life in Ten Pictures (anthology docuseries about photos from the lives of different icons) – Friday, November 19
- The Great Christmas Baking Show (2020 special) – Friday, November 26
- Reyka (South African crime thriller series) – Friday, November 26
- This Time with Alan Partridge (season 2) – Friday, November 26
- On the Spectrum (2018 Israeli comedy-drama about three roommates on the autism spectrum; made available in the U.S. on HBO Max earlier this year) – Friday, November 26
Other notable international programming
- Stath Lets Flats (season 2 ) – Friday, November 5
- Sherlock (season 2 ) – Friday, November 5
- Ripper Street (season 3 ) – Friday, November 5
- Call the Midwife (season 9 ) – Friday, November 19
Notable new programming on other channels and services
- Apple TV+: Dr. Brain (South Korean drama series – weekly starting Nov. 4); Finch (Tom Hanks sci-fi film – Nov. 5); The Shrink Next Door (Will Ferrell dark comedy miniseries – Nov. 12)
SEAL Team (all future episodes starting Nov. 1, including in Canada per Brioux.TV) [see "Signficant revisions" below]; South Park: Post COVID (Nov. 25, including in Canada per this press release)
- BritBox (also available as a channel on Prime Video and Apple TV): The Cleaner (Nov. 2); Shetland (series 6 – Nov. 9); Call the Midwife (series 10 – Nov. 25); The Tower (date TBD)
- AMC+ (available as a channel on Prime Video and Apple TV; some programming may be available later on the AMC channel): Ragdoll (Thursdays starting Nov. 11); Anna (Thursdays starting Nov. 18)
- Global (available on Prime Video via StackTV): Adele One Night Only (Nov. 14)
- W Network (available on Prime Video via StackTV): Hallmark Channel Countdown to Christmas event with multiple new holiday movies (started Oct. 22, continues through Dec. 25)
- Super Channel (available as a channel on Prime Video and Apple TV): Heart & Home Christmas event with multiple new holiday movies (Nov. 27–Jan. 2)
- BBC First (in free preview on cable providers Nov. 1–Jan. 2): Time (three-part miniseries – Mondays at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT starting Nov. 15)
- Hollywood Suite (available as a channel on Prime Video): The Corruption of Divine Providence (2020 Canadian thriller film, "world TV premiere" – Thursday, Nov. 4 at 9:00 p.m. ET on HS 2000s Movies)
Update: A couple of people emailed asking about listings for Discovery+. At this time, all we can point to is this press release listing a number of new programs coming to the U.S. version of the service in November; we assume that most of them will also be coming to Discovery+ in Canada, but we can't guarantee that all of them will.
Canadian availability not yet confirmed
- Judy Justice (new court show starring Judith Sheindlin, formerly of Judge Judy, which ended this past summer but remains on channels like Yes TV in reruns) – This series is produced for Amazon's ad-supported streaming service IMDb TV, which is available in the U.S. but not yet available in Canada. Unless Amazon has plans to launch IMDb TV here soon as well, we think it may eventually come to Prime Video in Canada instead, we're just not sure when.
- November 10, 2021 – crossed out the SEAL Team entry next to Paramount+ as we've been informed by readers, and noticed comments on the source post, that the service is not carrying these new episodes in Canada.
- November 7, 2021 – updated to clarify that Yellowstone season 4 will be premiering simultaneously on both Paramount Network and Prime Video in Canada
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