Monarch is an American TV series created by Melissa London Hilfers. Set in Texas, the multigenerational musical drama tells a story centered around the Romans, a family that can count on matriarch Dottie Cantrell (the Oscar-winning Dead Man Walking Susan Sarandon), a true queen of country music but also a tiger with claws when it comes to protecting the Roman name, and on her husband Albie (Trace Adkins, The Lincoln Lawyer), a legendary songwriter.
Together, Albie and Dottie have created a country dynasty. But although the Roman name is synonymous with honesty, there is a lie behind their success. When their kingdom is in jeopardy, heir to the crown Nicolette ‘Nicky’ Roman (Anna Friel, Pushing Daisies) will stop at nothing to protect his family’s legacy while securing stardom, flanked by his brother Luke (Joshua Sasse, Galavant), CEO of Monarch Entertainment, the family business, and his sister Gigi (Beth Ditto, On Becoming a God), remained out of the spotlight. Luke is the apple of his mother’s eye, while he has a troubled relationship with his father. In a superstar family, Gigi has always felt a little marginalized, despite her incredible voice about her. She is married to Kayla (Meagan Holder, UnREAL), a successful manager who continues to reject her brother-in-law’s proposals to join forces with the family business. Perhaps also because Kayla is hiding a secret that could destroy her marriage to Gigi.
The family also includes Ace Grayson (Iñigo Pascual), a sensitive and talented 18-year-old adopted by Nicky and her British husband Clive (Adam Croasdell, Preacher), an actor in trouble. A phenomenal singer and stage beast, Ace dreams of being a country star like his grandfather, but while he’s part of this family, his path to success presents some challenges. And, as if the Roman world wasn’t chaotic enough, Catt Phoenix (Martha Higareda, In the Dark), the beautiful and unpredictable mother of 17-year-old Ava (Emma Milani), a talented young singer looking to land a deal with the family label, holds a deep grudge against them, Nicky in particular, creating quite a stir in Austin with her presence.
CURIOSITY ABOUT MONARCH
Monarch hosts several real country music stars, including Shania Twain, Martina McBride, Tanya Tucker and Little Big Town. The main track of the series, The Card You Gamble, was written by Nashville songwriters Liz Rose, Lori McKenna and Hillary Lindsey and is sung by Caitlyn Smith. The same includes several original songs, including American Cowgirlwritten by Casey Brown, Heather Morgan and series music supervisor Adam Anders.
Although set in Austin, Texas, the series was primarily shot in Atlanta, Georgia.
Monarch it was supposed to air on FOX during the 2021-22 season, but was postponed to the following season due to issues related to the Covid-19 pandemic..
In the series, Susan Sarandon shares the set with her daughter Eva Amurri. The latter plays a younger version of Dottie Cantrell Roman, her mother character.CopyAMP code