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Trailer for Susan Sarandon’s new country music series is full of drama — and guest stars like Shania Twain

TODAY 8/17/2022 Gina Vivinetto

A new, full-length trailer for the upcoming Fox country music drama "Monarch" is here — and it's packed full of cameos from real-life country music superstars, including Shania Twain and Tanya Tucker.

The series, which premieres Sept. 11, tells the story of Dottie Cantrell Roman and her husband, Albie Roman, a country music super couple —  played by Oscar winner Susan Sarandon and real-life country singer Trace Adkins — whose musical dynasty is built on secrets and lies.

As the nefarious couple’s musical reign begins to falter, their daughters, Nicolette “Nicky” Roman (Anna Friel) and sister Gigi (Beth Ditto), battle to see who will be next in line to take the throne.

On Wednesday, Fox released a trailer for the series that shows how far power-hungry Dottie is willing to go to preserve her legacy as the Queen of Country Music.

Susan Sarandon and Trace Adkins play a country music super couple in © FOX Susan Sarandon and Trace Adkins play a country music super couple in

“We are the first family of country music, now and forever," Dottie narrates as viewers see footage of fans cheering for the family onstage.

“I never wanted to just be a star. I wanted to create a dynasty, and I have,” continues Dottie. “But the strength to do whatever it takes to protect the family, well, we have to work on that.”

Monarch: Shania Twain: MONARCH, the upcoming Texas-sized, multi-generational musical drama about America’s leading family of country music, starring Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon (“Feud,” “Thelma & Louise”), multi-Platinum country music star and three-time Academy of Country Music (ACM) Award winner Trace Adkins (“Old Henry”) and Golden Globe nominee Anna Friel (“Pushing Daisies”) also will include special appearances by some of the most legendary names in country music today. Grammy Award winner Shania Twain, multi-Grammy Award nominee Martina McBride, Grammy Award winners Little Big Town and Grammy Award winner Tanya Tucker are set to guest-star throughout the season. (FOX) © Provided by TODAY Monarch: Shania Twain: MONARCH, the upcoming Texas-sized, multi-generational musical drama about America’s leading family of country music, starring Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon (“Feud,” “Thelma & Louise”), multi-Platinum country music star and three-time Academy of Country Music (ACM) Award winner Trace Adkins (“Old Henry”) and Golden Globe nominee Anna Friel (“Pushing Daisies”) also will include special appearances by some of the most legendary names in country music today. Grammy Award winner Shania Twain, multi-Grammy Award nominee Martina McBride, Grammy Award winners Little Big Town and Grammy Award winner Tanya Tucker are set to guest-star throughout the season. (FOX)

Next, the trailer flashes to Albie, who's seen holding a shotgun in the woods. "A Roman never forgets an enemy," he growls in a voice-over.

In another quick scene, Nicky argues with Dottie as Dottie sits in her convertible. When Nicky tells her mother she's committing "a sin," Dottie shoots back, “Child, if there’s a hell, I booked my ticket years ago.”

The series' guest stars read like a who's who in country music: Shania Twain, Tanya Tucker and Martina McBride all make appearances, as does Little Big Town.

Country music singer Martina McBride in a scene from © FOX Country music singer Martina McBride in a scene from

As the trailer shows spooky images of barns on fire and bodies being tossed into unmarked graves, it's clear that the Romans do things their own way, with a shared lust for the limelight in their DNA.

“You’ve very talented, but you’re not her,” a man in a suit tells Nicky.

“I will be,” Nicky responds.

Monarch: Tanya Tucker: MONARCH, the upcoming Texas-sized, multi-generational musical drama about America’s leading family of country music, starring Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon (“Feud,” “Thelma & Louise”), multi-Platinum country music star and three-time Academy of Country Music (ACM) Award winner Trace Adkins (“Old Henry”) and Golden Globe nominee Anna Friel (“Pushing Daisies”) also will include special appearances by some of the most legendary names in country music today. Grammy Award winner Shania Twain, multi-Grammy Award nominee Martina McBride, Grammy Award winners Little Big Town and Grammy Award winner Tanya Tucker are set to guest-star throughout the season. (FOX) © FOX Monarch: Tanya Tucker: MONARCH, the upcoming Texas-sized, multi-generational musical drama about America’s leading family of country music, starring Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon (“Feud,” “Thelma & Louise”), multi-Platinum country music star and three-time Academy of Country Music (ACM) Award winner Trace Adkins (“Old Henry”) and Golden Globe nominee Anna Friel (“Pushing Daisies”) also will include special appearances by some of the most legendary names in country music today. Grammy Award winner Shania Twain, multi-Grammy Award nominee Martina McBride, Grammy Award winners Little Big Town and Grammy Award winner Tanya Tucker are set to guest-star throughout the season. (FOX)

Later, we see Nicky and Gigi lashing out at each other.

“You stayed out of the spotlight because you thought you’d outshine me?” Nicky mockingly asks her sister.

“Well, there can only be one queen,” replies Gigi.

“Bring it on, sister," Nicky responds.

Monarch: Shania Twain: MONARCH, the upcoming Texas-sized, multi-generational musical drama about America’s leading family of country music, starring Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon (“Feud,” “Thelma & Louise”), multi-Platinum country music star and three-time Academy of Country Music (ACM) Award winner Trace Adkins (“Old Henry”) and Golden Globe nominee Anna Friel (“Pushing Daisies”) also will include special appearances by some of the most legendary names in country music today. Grammy Award winner Shania Twain, multi-Grammy Award nominee Martina McBride, Grammy Award winners Little Big Town and Grammy Award winner Tanya Tucker are set to guest-star throughout the season. (FOX)

Monarch: Shania Twain: MONARCH, the upcoming Texas-sized, multi-generational musical drama about America’s leading family of country music, starring Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon (“Feud,” “Thelma & Louise”), multi-Platinum country music star and three-time Academy of Country Music (ACM) Award winner Trace Adkins (“Old Henry”) and Golden Globe nominee Anna Friel (“Pushing Daisies”) also will include special appearances by some of the most legendary names in country music today. Grammy Award winner Shania Twain, multi-Grammy Award nominee Martina McBride, Grammy Award winners Little Big Town and Grammy Award winner Tanya Tucker are set to guest-star throughout the season. (FOX)
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