The territory of country music has always been a rich and ripe soil that Hollywood over the years has been quick to tend to in various films and television shows; Robert Altman plied that landscape in his 1975 opus Nashville and Peter Bogdanovich gifted his own hit-and-miss look at the lives of country music stars in-training in the 1993 come-drama The Thing Called Love. Television, too, has gotten in on the action with such offerings as Crazy Hearts: Nashville and Malibu Country. And revealed today by The Hollywood Reporter comes the news that yet another Hollywood version of the country music world is about to land on television sets ‘round the world. Brush off those spurs and plop on that ten-gallon hat, cowpokes, because we here at Vents are about to take a closer look-see as to what this new project is all about…Yee-haw, y’all!
On the heels of Fox announcing their new Mafioso series The Cleaning Lady (which we here at Vents reported on), comes word ‘round campfire that those hombres are letting loose into the herd another series, this one all about the world of country music in a Melissa London Hilfer-created series entitled Monarch which the network has gifted with a series pickup.
Monarch is being touted as a Lone Star-state sized, multigenerational musical drama about country music’s most distinguished family, the Romans. The family is blessed with talent to spare and a reputation that’s as pure as the driven snow. But what lurks underneath that portrait of family harmony and honesty is tantamount to a lie. The family patriarch, Nicky Roman, sensing troubles a-brewin’ for her clan, is determined to battle not only an industry that is seemingly rejecting her, but also to protect her family’s legacy.
Hilfer’s will be the chief writer of Monarch and the series itself will be a spotlight for both original country music and cover versions. No less of a country music industry legend and insider than Jason Owen has been tapped as an Executive Producer on the show. That’s good news for a still-nascent series such as Monarch because Owen has the ear of a lot of the country music industry: This gent has a client roster that counts Kacey Musgraves, Faith Hill, Little Big Town and – most excitingly – the estates of Johnny and June Carter Cash. A little birdie tells us to be on the lookout for many of Owen’s clients to guest on the new show. Hey, everyone’s a winner!
Monarch will be a part of the 2021-22 Fox broadcast lineup. We’ll have updates on the series – including casting and air dates – as they roll on into us, pardner. Until then, keep on-a Wagon Trainin’ ya city slickers!