Fox's country music drama "Monarch," starring Trace Adkins and featuring Susan Sarandon, has been canceled.
The show capped its first season Tuesday night, and while "Monarch" opened with a strong rating and ranked as Fox's most-watched fall scripted debut in three years, the following 10 episodes didn't perform as well, Deadline reported.
The show created by Melissa London Hilfers was ordered in May 2021 and was intended to launch in January 2022. The debut was scuttled to the fall as a result of the pandemic.
"Monarch" is a multigenerational country music drama about country music's most influential family -- The Romans. The family is led by tough and talented Dottie Cantrell Roman, played by Sarandon, and her husband Albie, Adkins' character. Sarandon dies in the first episode. The Roman's success is at risk, and the family comes together to protect its legacy and future – and all costs.
Executive producers for the Fox Entertainment-produced series include Hilfers, Gail Berman, Hend Baghdady, and Nashville power manager Jason Owen.
"Right now, we are all living in a really divided country," Owen told People when "Monarch" debuted. "When times are tough, you look for something to sort of give you a break from all the noise. That's one of the things that I loved about the classic old soaps from Dynasty to Dallas. I hope people get the same sort of enjoyment and escape from Monarch. It's a very fun, over-the-top Texas-sized drama that showcases country music and its big stars in a way that is very glamorous with big hair, amazing clothes, incredible scandals and great music. It's all I dreamed it would be."
Early on, the death of Sarandon's character drew comparisons to the passing of Naomi Judd, who Owen worked closely with at the time. He assured that all similarities were unfortunate coincidences. Other country artists who appeared in the series include Shania Twain, Martina McBride, Little Big Town, Caitlyn Smith and Tanya Tucker.
Other actors on "Monarch" include Anna Friel, Joshua Sasse, Beth Ditto, Inigo Pascual, Martha Higareda, Meagan Holder and Emma Miliani.