The highly anticipated drama series “Monarch” officially premiered on FOX last week (Sept. 11), and country music fans might have recognized a familiar face – Martina McBride.
The multi-generational show centers on fictional country icon Dottie Cantrell Roman, played by Oscar winner Susan Sarandon and her husband Albie Roman. [Trace Adkins]. While appearing alongside season regulars Anna Friel, Beth Ditto and Joshua Sasse, the two lead the respected dynasty they’ve built in the genre.
TV addicts soon learn that their empire is built on a throne of lies. Nicolette “Nicky” Roman, Dottie and Albie’s daughter, goes the extra mile to protect her family’s reputation in order to achieve success in the music industry. Amid the twists and turns, the “Independence Day” star appears as a special guest.
McBride told FOX News Digital that making an appearance on the action-packed series was a no-brainer, and she immediately jumped at the chance after reviewing the biting script.
“I read the script and I was like, ‘This is juicy, this is big, this is exciting,'” the country legend recalled. “I was really thrilled that I was asked to be a part of it. When you think of all the people they could have asked to be a part of it, especially the first show, the first show, there has so many, so I don’t know why I was chosen,” she added.
The chart-topping artist is one of many notable names on the star roster. Throughout the first season, Shania Twain, Tanya Tucker, and Little Big Town will all serve as supporting cast. McBride thinks “Monarch” is poised to be a hit TV show.
“It’s so special to be asked to be a part of something like this,” she shared with the outlet. “I think this show is going to be one of those shows that everyone wants to watch.”
The singer might be onto something, because “Monarch” had a successful premiere. According to Deadline, Melissa London Hilfers’ production garnered 3.8 million views and 1.5 million people tuned in to watch the encore broadcasts. “Monarch” marks FOX’s most-watched fall scripted debut since the release of “Prodigal Son” in 2019.
The gripping tale focuses on the ever-changing landscape of the country in the early 1990s. McBride credits the writers for emphasizing this specific era, as she considers the early 1990s a “great era.” for country music.
“It’s very smart to base this show on that time period because it has so much nostalgia for so many country music fans,” McBride said. “I think it will be the perfect time for a big dramatic show like this.”
Hot on the heels of her “Monarch” debut, McBride is gearing up to join “The Judds: The Final Tour” with Brandi Carlile, Ashley McBryde, Little Big Town, Trisha Yearwood, Faith Hill and Kelsea Ballerini. The household name is set to kick off the race on September 30 with Wynonna Judd to honor the legacy of her mother, Naomi Judd.
“The Judds have always been there. They’re such an iconic part of our musical history in country music, and I remember singing ‘Mamma He’s Crazy’ in my dad’s cover band in Kansas and I been seduced from then on.” McBride voiced to FOX News Digital. “So all these years later to be able to be invited to be part of this tour honoring the Judds, Naomi, Wynonna, it’s exciting and so special.”
She encourages fans to attend the must-see show, as it will be the last time they will hear music from The Judds’ impressive catalog live.
“This is the last time you will be able to go and listen to this music live,” she said. “I just hope everyone is immersed in it, really present. I think there’s going to be such a positive, huge vibe of energy and love and back and forth between the artists and between Wynonna , obviously, and his fans. I can’t wait to soak up that every night.”
Tickets for “The Judds: The Final Tour” are currently available here. The second episode of “Monarch” airs tonight, September 20, at 8 p.m. CT on FOX.