Country fans avid for Fox’s new drama “Monarch” must wait a little longer before the series makes its small screen debut.
Originally scheduled for Jan. 30 after the NFL NFL Championship game, Fox now plans to present the program this fall, according to a statement released Wednesday night. The network noted “the inevitable realities of the pandemic and the profound impact COVID-19 continues to have on our industry” as a reason to move “Monarch” into a niche to be determined later this year.
“As a cornerstone of [Fox’s] new 2022-2023 roster, moving a show of this magnitude allows us to produce its entire first season, create additional high-profile promotional content and windows to support the launch, and give our viewers the best opportunity to enjoy the series as planned with an uncompromising series of episodes, “the statement said.
Starring Trace Adkins, Susan Sarandon and Anna Friel, “Monarch” tells the turbulent history of the Romans, a fictional musical dynasty from Texas known by showrunners as “the first family of country music.”
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Country music drama films in Atlanta, but the music for “Monarch” runs through Nashville. Adkins released a cover of Hank Williams Jr.’s “A Country Boy Can Survive” late last year, the first of a number of original and catalog songs planned for “Monarch”.
Last week, Nashville singer-songwriter Caitlyn Smith released the show’s theme song, “The Card You Gamble.” The sought-after cohort of songwriters, the Love Junkies, along with Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna and Liz Rose, penned the western-tinged country antics.
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