Fox Announces New Fall Premiere Date For ‘Monarch’

Trace the stars of Adkins in the series

Fox has announced the new premiere date for Trace Adkins’ country musical drama Monarch. The show, also starring Susan Saradon and Anna Friel, premieres with a two-night special event, starting Sunday, September 11, immediately following the Fox NFL doubleheader from 8-9 p.m. ET and concurrently in all time zones. It then makes its first period on Tuesday, September 20 from 9-10 p.m. ET/PT, following the season six premiere of The resident.

The series was originally scheduled to air on January 30, immediately following the NFC Championship, but was pushed back due to rising COVID cases which would likely impact the production and airing of new episodes. The entire first season will have been produced before being broadcast.

Monarch is a Texas-sized multi-generational musical drama. Led by incredibly talented but tough-as-nails country music queen Dottie Cantrell Roman, played by Oscar winner Susan Sarandon, and her beloved husband, “Texas Truthteller” Albie Roman, who is played by Trace Adkins, the family became a country music dynasty. But even though the Roman name is synonymous with authenticity, the very foundation of their success is a lie. And when their reign as the nation’s royalty is jeopardized, heiress to the crown Nicolette “Nicky” Roman, played by Anna Friel, will stop at nothing to protect her family’s legacy, while ensuring her own quest for fame.

Monarch is wholly owned and produced by Fox Entertainment. Screenwriter Melissa London Hilfers is a creator, writer and executive producer. Jon Harmon Feldman serves as executive producer and showrunner. Gail Berman and Hend Baghdady (The Jackal Group), Michael Rauch and top musical director Jason Owen (Sandbox Entertainment) also serve as executive producers. Jason Ensler directed the series premiere, on which he also serves as an executive producer.

Last month, the network began streaming music from the series in partnership with Arista Records/Monument Records. “A Country Boy Can Survive,” performed by Adkins and released 40 years after the original was released by Hank Williams Jr, was the first track in the series in mid-December. Last week, the show’s main theme song, “The Card You Gamble”, performed by cross-country singer Caitlyn Smith, was released on digital networks. These songs are the first of many originals and covers performed for the series by cast members and upcoming guest stars.

Fox and Zealot Interactive have joined forces to develop interactive guitar lessons, vis-à-vis its streaming video service with instructor-led sessions and a patented instructional LED device for the guitar neck, for original songs and selected covers from the series. Throughout the inaugural season, Fret Zealot will unveil lessons from select songs from the show, including those specially written for Monarch and cover versions of other artists’ work. The official play to learn songs from the series is available through the Fret Zealot app for Android, iOS, and on Chrome web browsers as part of an all-access subscription for $14.99 per month.

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