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The premiere of FOX’s country music show has been pushed back months, just weeks before its debut

Monarch, a new country music drama starring Susan Sarandon and Trace Adkins that was slated to debut before the end of this month, won’t debut until the fall, Fox said on Wednesday. The show was originally scheduled to air Jan. 30 after the NFL’s NFC Championship Game before moving to Tuesdays Feb. 1. Fox cited the ongoing coronavirus pandemic for the delay, meaning they could air the entire season uninterrupted.

“With an incredible pedigree of talent and musical performance, the powerfully compelling drama, Monarch, is a top priority for Fox Entertainment in 2022,” a Fox spokesperson said. The envelope. “Unfortunately, due to the unavoidable realities of the pandemic and the profound impact that COVID-19 continues to have on our industry and around the world, it is necessary to postpone MonarchIt’s January 30 for the beginnings of autumn.”

By adding Monarch the 2022-2023 slate, Fox can broadcast Monarchafter the end of the first season, without worrying about possible postponements caused by the pandemic. “As a cornerstone of Fox’s new 2022-23 slate, moving a show of this magnitude allows us to produce its entire first season, create additional high-profile content and promotional windows to support the launch. , and to give our viewers the best opportunity to enjoy the series as intended with an uncompromising run of episodes,” the spokesperson continued. “We thank our cast, producers, writers and entire crew for their tireless work and continued dedication to the country music-filled world that is Monarch.”

Monarch is a kind of country version of Empire, the 2015-2020 Fox series focused on the hip hop mogul and his family. The new series follows the Romans, a royal family in the country music business now on shaky ground. Dottie Roman (Sarandon) and Albie Roman (Adkins) lead the family, and Nicky Roman tries to keep their reign alive. Anne Friel (grow daisies) plays the role of Nicky. The rest of the main cast includes Beth Ditto, Inigo Pascual, and Joshua Sasse.

Melissa London Hilfers created the show and Michael Rauch (royal pains) serves as showrunner. Country music executive Jason Owen is one of the executive producers, and Fox has teased his client list’s appearances. Kacey Musgraves, Dan + Shat, Kelsea Ballerini, Little Big Town and Midland are among Owen’s clients.