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Ever since Candice Renoir first premiered on Acorn TV back in May 2021, readers have been asking for more seasons almost non-stop. With each “What’s New on Acorn TV” post, we’d see questions about it in the comments, on social media, or in our email inbox. While we don’t normally cover a HUGE number of non-British shows, it’s clear we need to make an exception for this one.
After months of waiting, we’re pleased to say there’s good news to share. In December 2021, US audiences will finally get another season of Candice Renoir.
Season 3 of Candice Renoir will premiere in the US on December 27th on Acorn TV. Even better, it’s a binge premiere – meaning all 10 episodes will be made available that day.
If the wait is too long and you need another good French show to occupy you as you wait, we can recommend several:
- Astrid – This crime drama follows a neurotypical detective who pairs up with an autistic woman who works in the police records department. Though many experts and autistic women have pointed out that the portrayal is a bit too male-stereotyped (highly intelligent females are often quite good at masking difficulties), it’s still a compelling show that offers some insight into neurodivergence.
- Blood of the Vine – This French series stirs up memories of Rosemary & Thyme, as it follows a wine expert who’s always in gorgeous locations for work, and who always seems to encounter murder.
- Magellan – This series has some pretty strong Midsomer Murders vibes, following a French detective in the small town of Saignac as he solves murders and raises his two teenage daughters.
- Art of Crime – This mis-matched detective series follows Captain Verlay, a man who’s clueless about art (yet still assigned to solve art crimes) and Florence, a woman who knows art but feels phobic about heights without the presence of Captain Verlay. It’s a bit silly at times, but it’s a nice contrast to the endless stream of excessively dark murder shows.
- Balthazar – If you like your mysteries with a side of eye candy, this is the one to watch. Over the course of three seasons (so far – a fourth is on the way), you’ll see nearly every part of star Tomer Sisley’s body. He stars as Balthazar, a forensic pathologist who’s still grieving the loss of his wife more than a decade ago.
Candice Renoir is a French mystery series about a mother who returns to the police force after returning from 10 years of expat life in Singapore. She’s a bit rusty, and her tech skills leave much to be desired – but beyond that, she’s an immensely talented detective. She’s tough but fair, and her instinct is nearly always on target.
Where others lean on complicated strategies, Candice favours common sense and practical wisdom. Along the way, we see Candice’s evolving family and love life, along with the changes in the lives of her colleagues.
The series falls somewhere in the middle of the cosy-gritty spectrum. In terms of filming and overall feel, it’s mostly pretty light (certainly VERY light compared to the darker Scandi noir productions). There’s a bit of swearing and drug use, but crimes themselves aren’t as graphic and gory as in many other productions.
At the same time, Candice Renoir definitely isn’t a cosy mystery. It’s more realistic than shows like Midsomer Murders, Agatha Raisin, Queens of Mystery, or even the French series, Blood of the Vine (though we highly recommend all of those). It focuses more on professional police work, and you see more of the darker elements of life.
If you haven’t already watched seasons 1 and 2 of Candice Renoir, you can do so HERE.
What’s Happening in Season 3 of Candice Renoir?
In season 3, we’ll surely get some answers after season 2’s cliffhanger ending. We don’t want to offer any spoilers here, but that ending definitely made the wait harder.
We know season 3 will bring at least one new team member, along with some conflict between Candice’s ex-husband and new boyfriend. We’ll also see the return of an important person from Chrystelle’s past, and the events that follow will cause big trouble for her and the team.
Yes! Over in France, Candice Renoir has been airing since 2013, with a total of 9 seasons to date. There was a bit of time off due to the pandemic, but a Season 10 is currently in production.
Some sources have suggested the 10th season might be the last. In a recent interview in France, lead actress Cécile Bois expressed that she loves the character and finds it extraordinary that the series has gone on for 10 seasons. However, she also remarked, “But at the same time, I yearn for new things. I wish to have a more free schedule that allows me to follow my growing children.”
Though we hate to see it end, we’re excited to know there are still so many seasons for international audiences to enjoy, and we certainly can’t fault her for wanting some time with her family after spending so many years in the role.
Is this release one you’ve been waiting for? We certainly have been. Personally, I’d nearly given up hope and put the Season 3 DVD on my Christmas list!