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‘Monarch’: Release date, cast and everything we know about the Fox country music drama

Monarch
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One of the more high-profiled mid-season entries into the TV landscape is the new Fox drama Monarch. Though created by newcomer Melissa London Hilfers, Monarch features both Hollywood and country music royalty as Susan Sarandon and Trace Adkins headline the new series, along with Anna Friel.

Looking like a mix between Empire and Nashville, Fox is hoping that it can drum up the same kind of love for Monarch as those two shows had.

Here is everything we know about Monarch.

‘Monarch’ release date

Monarch is going to take a bit longer to get to TV than initially thought. Originally slated to premiere its first episode after the NFC Championship game on Sunday, Jan. 30, then occupy a regular spot in Fox's Tuesday night lineup, Deadline reports the country music drama has been pushed to a fall debut.

According to the report, the reason for the delay is a result of the pandemic impacting the show's production. The hope is that the entire first season will be produced in time for this new fall release.

Monarch will now officially be part of the 2022/2023 TV season, though we do not have an exact date at this time.

‘Monarch’ plot

Monarch tells the story of a family dynasty in the country music scene, though it is all apparently built on secrets. Here is the official synopsis:

Monarch is an epic, multi-generational musical drama about America’s first family of country music. In Monarch, the Romans are passionate and fiercely talented, but while their name is synonymous with honesty, the very foundation of this family's success is a lie. When dangerous truths bubble to the surface, the Romans’ reign as country royalty is put in jeopardy. Nicky Roman, the brilliant and fierce heir to the crown, already battling an industry and world stacked against her, will stop at nothing to protect her family's legacy. It’s finally her turn. But is it too late?” 

‘Monarch’ cast

Monarch

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The cast of Monarch is led by none other than Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon. Sarandon plays Dottie Cantrell Roman, the matriarch of the Roman family and who is widely regarded as the queen of country music. Best known for her movie roles like Thelma & Louise, Bull Durham, Step Mother and her Oscar-winning turn in Dead Man Walking, Sarandon has been making waves in TV as well. She played Bette Davis in the FX series Feud: Bette and Joan, had a run on the Showtime drama Ray Donovan and guest appearances on shows like Friends, Malcolm in the Middle, Rick & Morty and Search Party.

The other Monarch leading lady is Anna Friel, who is playing the role of Nicolette Roman, who attempts takes the reins when the family’s legacy is threatened. Friel is best known for her role on Pushing Daisies, but she has also starred in TV shows The Girlfriend Experience and Broken, as well as movies like Goal! The Dream Begins, Land of the Lost and Limitless.

Monarch also has some country music authenticity to it, as country music star Trace Adkins is on board to play the role of Albie Roman. Adkins is a award-winning country music singer but he has also acted in a number of different projects, including The Lincoln Lawyer and 2021’s Old Henry.

Other members of the Monarch cast include Beth Ditto, Martha Higareda, Joshua Sasse, Meagan Holder, Inigo Dominic Pascual, Emma Milani and Callum Kerr.

‘Monarch’ trailer

The trailer for Monarch gives viewers a sense of the Roman family dynamic and a few glimpses at some of the twists and turns that could be in store. Watch below.

How to watch ‘Monarch’

Airing on Fox, Monarch will be available to all U.S. TV viewers with a traditional cable/satellite pay-TV service subscription or a TV antenna. Fox is also carried as part of the FuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV and YouTube TV live TV streaming services. If you are subscribed to either a traditional pay-TV or live TV streaming subscription, then you can use those logins to watch Monarch on-demand via Fox.com. 

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Michael Balderston

Michael Balderston is a D.C.-based entertainment writer and content producer for What to Watch. He previously has written for TV Technology and Awards Circuit.