‘Monarch’: Fox’s New Country Music Drama Names New Showrunner

by Anna Dunn
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The upcoming country music drama Monarch has named a new showrunner. Monarch, set to release in early 2022, follows a country music family. But it looks like it’s changing whose captaining the show. Now, Jon Harmon Feldman will become the showrunner, replacing Michael Rauch.

This is according to a report from Deadline earlier today.

The series stars Anna Friel, Trace Adkins, and Susan Sarandon. Melissa London Hilfers created it.

The show involves a large ensemble and has a lot of moving parts. It looks like there were some road bumps hit along the way during filming, and Fox decided to pivot showrunners in hopes that Harmon will help things run smoothly. Production briefly paused during the transition.

Rauch was an executive producer on Royal Pains and created the CBS show Instinct. He was set to lead the writer’s room on Monarch and was given the showrunner title this spring.

Feldman has a lot of credits on his roster. He was a showrunner on Designated Survivor on ABC as well as ABC’s Blood and Oil. He created a supernatural drama with Fox starring Eliza Dukshu called Tru Calling and co-created ABC’s No Ordinary Family.

‘Monarch’ Follows a Very Powerful Family in the Music Industry

So far, Monarch sounds a bit like Succession meets Empire with some added country twang. With Susan Sarandon playing the matriarch of the Roman family, Dottie Cantrell Roman, the show is definitely getting people’s attention.

Dottie runs the country music empire alongside her husband, Albie, played by country music star Trace Adkins. Adkins adds a needed perspective to the show, considering he’s in the industry it follows. There’s also Nicolette “Nicky” Roman. She’s the heir to the country empire and determined to keep her family afloat when it’s put in jeopardy.

Nicky, however, also wants to be a country music star of her own. She’ll have to fight between her desire to lead the Roman empire and her desire to be the next big country sensation.

And while authenticity and honesty are at the core of their empire’s brand, that couldn’t be further from the truth. The teaser for the show makes Sarandon’s Dottie look like a total riot. Not to mention, it wouldn’t be a show about the music industry without music, so there will be plenty of original songs brought into the series.

Martha Higareda, Meagan Holder, Beth Ditto, Josh Sasse, and Inigo Pascual also star, making the show have a large ensemble. Adam Croasdell, Eva Amurri, and Faith Prince are in recurring roles.

If you’re excited to check out this series, you aren’t the only one. The show airs on Sunday, January 30 at 10 p.m.

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