Susan Sarandon is a queen who has trouble relinquishing her crown in “Monarch,” a Fox drama about “the first family of country music.” In the trailer for the new show, Sarandon’s Dottie Cantrell Roman appears to be on the verge of retiring, but is jealous of anyone interested in taking her place.
“We must show the world: the Roman family heritage will continue beyond me,” Dottie stressed on the spot. But she also likes it when her daughter Nicolette (Anna Friel) proposes to accompany her on stage during an extra number. “They’re calling me, honey,” Dottie says. “Honey, what have I always told you?” A fallen Nicolette replies, “There is only one queen.”
Nicolette is determined to be the one to “continue this legacy,” but her mother is not the only person who doubts her. An editor at Romans’ Monarch label tells her, “You’re very talented – but you’re not her.”
Meanwhile, the “wild card” Roman daughter, Gigi (Beth Ditto), is being described as “the future of country music”, so she and Nicolette are destined to be on a collision course. “You stayed out of the limelight because you thought you would outshine me?” asks Nicolette Gigi. “Come with it, sister.”
“Monarch” was created by Melissa London Hilfers. Country artist Trace Adkins also stars.
“Search Party” and “Jolt” are among Sarandon’s latest credits. She received an Oscar for her starring role in “Dead Man Walking.” Friel counts “Pushing Daisies” and “Marcella” among her most famous credits. She received a Golden Globe nomination for the former and an International Emmy for the latter. Ditto is a singer-songwriter in real life and has previously appeared on screen in “On Becoming a God in Central Florida,” “Dickinson” and “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot.”
“Monarch” premieres Jan. 30 on Fox.