Monarch: Susan Sarandon and Anna Friel Star in Country Music Drama

Susan Sarandon, Anna Friel Star in Country Music Drama

The two will play mother and daughter in Monarch, which is set for a midseason debut.


Fox has cast the lead roles for its country music drama, Monarch.

Susan Sarandon and Anna Friel star in the series, which is set for a January premiere on the broadcast network.

They’ll play the founder and heir to a music dynasty that’s threatening to crumble around them.

Oscar winner Sarandon (Dead Man Walking, Ray Donovan)  plays Dottie Cantrell Roman, a talented and tough-as-nails queen of country music who built a dynasty with her beloved husband, Albie. Even though the Roman name is built on authenticity, the foundation of their success is a lie. The role marks Sarandon’s first regular role in a network primetime series.

Friel (Pushing Daisies, The Girlfriend Experience) plays Dottie’s daughter Nicky, who will stop at nothing to protect her family’s legacy and ensure her own quest for stardom.

Fox picked up a script in 2019, with Monarch scored a straight to series order earlier this year.

It’s produced by Fox Entertainment and is the network’s first fully owned scripted series since it separated from 20th Century Fox. Melissa London Hilfers created the series and executive produces with showrunner Michael Rauch (Instinct), Gail Berman and Hend Baghdady of The Jackal Group and music manager Jason Owen of Sandbox Entertainment. Jason Ensler (The Passage, Love, Victor) will direct and exec produce the series premiere.

Monarch is slated to premiere January 30, after Fox’s telecast of the NFL’s NFC championship game, then move to its regular home on Tuesdays starting Feb.