Wednesday, January 12, 2022

FOX Delays Premiere of New Drama 'Monarch' to Fall 2022

Almost two weeks before its scheduled debut, FOX has announced today that it is delaying the launch of its new original drama series Monarch until Fall 2022.

The drama was originally scheduled to premiere on Sunday, January 30 immediately following the NFC Championship. The remainder of the first season was slated to start on Tuesday, February 1 at 9/8c. The delay was caused due to production setbacks contributed to the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. The network has not yet announced what it will program in the time slot meant for Monarch this winter and spring.

Production on the drama's first season will continue in Atlanta. The plan is for the entire season to be produced when it airs on the network this fall.

FOX released the following statement on the move: "With an incredible pedigree of talent and musical performances, the powerfully compelling drama, Monarch, is a top priority for Fox Entertainment in 2022. Unfortunately, due to the unavoidable realities of the pandemic and the profound impact COVID-19 continues to have on our industry and around the world, it is necessary to reschedule Monarch's January 30 debut to the Fall. As the cornerstone of Fox's new 2022-23 slate, shifting a show of this magnitude allows us to have its entire first season produced, create additional, high-profile content and promotional windows to support launch and give our viewers the best opportunity to enjoy the series as intended with a non-compromised run of episodes. We thank our cast, producers, writers and the entire crew for their tireless work and continued dedication to the country music-filled world that is Monarch."

The drama stars Susan Sarandon, Trace Adkins, Anna Friel, Beth Ditto, Josh Sasse, Inigo Pascual, Martha Higareda, Meagan Holder and Emma Miliani.

Recurring guest stars include Eva Amurri, Adam Croasdell, Faith Prince, Callum Kerr, Kevin Cahoon, Reshma Shetty, Damon Dayoub and D.W. Moffett.

Melissa London Hilfers created the drama, with Jon Harmon Feldman serving as showrunner for the first season. They executive produce with Gail Berman, Hend Baghdady, Jason Owen and director Jason Ensler. Fox Entertainment, The Jackal Group and Sandbox Entertainment produce.