Fox’s big country music drama Monarch starts on September 11 after the network’s NFL doubleheader. It’s like a cover band on TV because it doesn’t try to be original and just plays the same songs as other shows you already know. it fits better with Fox’s Empire, which was a rating hit about a family-run hip-hop label that broke up its core clan. And since this is a TV show, there is, of course, a murder, which is shown in a flashback at the beginning of the show and leads to a lot of problems and questions: Who was killed, and why was that person killed? The show is loosely based on the love triangles of prime-time soap operas.
Monarch, like Empire, is named after a made-up record label. This one is run by the Romans, a family of twangy country legends from Austin. They are led by beloved matriarch Dottie (Susan Sarandon) and father Albie (Trace Adkins), who are both stars in their own right. Dottie and Albie are the parents of 40-year-old Nicky (Anna Friel), who has been waiting in her mom’s shadow for her chance to shine, her younger sister Gigi (Beth Ditto), a naturally talented queer singer who has avoided the spotlight, and Luke (Joshua Sasse), the “business guy” who is CEO of Monarch and a disappointment to his shotgun-cocking daddy. www.tvacute.com provides a comprehensive recap and review on this page.
When Dottie decides to leave because she is sick, her absence leaves a hole that Nicky and Gigi try to fill by competing to be the new queen of the country. It’s less about how the business works and more about how much these sisters hate each other. The story jumps back and forth in time as characters from the present slowly show up in the future to help cover up a crime. This makes it impossible for them to be dead, but they could still get the Folsom prison blues. One scandalous story is about a woman who had an affair with her wife’s brother. Everything in Texas is bigger, except for the number of sexual partners, it seems.
Is Dottie Dead? Why does she commit suicide?
Yes, Dottie is dead. After Nicky and Gigi’s show, she kills herself by taking several pills with Nicky’s help. When Dottie finds out she has cancer, she decides it’s time for her to die soon. She doesn’t want to have the disease and go through a lot of difficult treatments when she knows she can’t get better. She wants to go out as a country music legend, not as another person with cancer. So, when she knows she can’t do anymore, she decides to end her life. Also, Dottie wants her death to help her family in some way. She thinks that people will try to replace her with her daughter Nicky because they will feel bad about her death. After taking pills to kill herself, Dottie thinks about how she burned down a house when she was younger. She tells Nicky right away that what she did was terrible and goes to explain it to her. Since Dottie tells Nicky the secret after thinking about the burned-down house, it’s clear that everything she tells him is about the same thing, especially why she did what she did.
Albie kills and buries an unknown person three months after Dottie’s death. Even though Albie doesn’t know who the victim is, he does the same thing for the sake of his family. When he finds out that the person has become an enemy of the Romans, he takes a gun with him and goes into the woods to kill them. This shows that the person is a threat to the whole family. Albie won’t be able to hide what happened because a police officer saw him come out of the woods after burying the body. When Dottie dies, the Roman family is worried about a lot of things. Nicky thinks that Gigi will be her rival, while Gigi thinks that Nicky killed their mother so that she could replace the legend. The family business of making music hasn’t done as well.
Almost everything on Monarch is a country version of a pop song. Ditto is incredibly talented, Friel can hold her own, and Adkins dropping bass on “I’ve Got Friends in Low Places” shakes the room the performances are fine, but they feel uninspired. The fact that each episode of Monarch is packed with crazy fast-paced drama might keep people watching. There are murders, suicides, divorces, extramarital affairs, thefts of property and intellectual property, unplanned pregnancies, adopted children, and secret children born.