Country Music Drama Produced by Talent Manager Jason Owen Lands Fox Series Order

Monarch is described as a Texas-sized, multigenerational musical drama about America’s first family of country music.

Country Music Drama Produced by Talent Manager Jason Owen Lands Fox Series Order

Fox’s 2021-22 scripted lineup continues to take shape. Hours after the network ordered , the Charlie Collier-led broadcaster handed out a series pickup to Monarch, a country music drama that has been in the works since September 2019.

Created by relative newcomer Melissa London Hilfers and showrun by Michael Rauch (Royal Pains, Instinct), Monarch is also Fox’s first fully owned live-action scripted original series that is fully owned by the independent network.

Monarch is described as a Texas-sized, multigenerational musical drama about America’s first family of country music. The Romans are fiercely talented, but while their name is synonymous with honesty, the very foundation of their success is a lie. When their reign as country royalty is put in jeopardy, Nicky Roman, the heir to the crown, already battling an industry stacked against her, will stop at nothing to protect her family’s legacy.

The series, written by Hilfers, will feature original music and covers. The production counts Jason Owen, one of music’s top managers, among its exec producers. He is expected to bring his wealth of knowledge and relationships to make a mark on the series as his client roster includes such artists as Kacey Musgraves, Faith Hill, Little Big Town and the estates of Johnny and June Carter Cash. Sources say some of Owen’s clients are expected to appear and/or perform on the series, which will begin casting immediately.

When Fox picked up the script nearly two years ago, the drama was poised to be a co-production between the network and its former in-house Gail Berman-led SideCar content development accelerator. SideCar was disbanded last summer, with Berman returning to run her production company, The Jackal Group. (SideCar and Jackal operated independently of one another.) Berman continues to exec produce the series alongside Jackal’s Hend Baghdady as well as Owen via his Sandbox Entertainment.

Monarch joins Our Kind of People in bypassing the traditional pilot process and scoring a straight to series order at Fox for the 2021-22 broadcast season as the network, like others, continues to focus on year-round development. Both shows, which went from development to writers’ room before being picked up to series, had been in the works for years.

All told, Monarch is Fox’s fifth series order for the 2021-22 broadcast season. It joins The Cleaning Lady, Scott Foley drama The Big Leap, the Lee Daniels-produced Our Kind of People and Paul Feig mockumentary This Country. The network, which recently bailed on Thursday Night Football (which heads to Amazon in 2022), also has an untitled animated comedy from Rick and Morty co-creator Dan Harmon (which it also fully owns) due in 2022 and an update of Fantasy Island set for August.

As for Fox’s remaining pilot slate, fellow 2020 holdovers Blood Relative, the untitled Goonies re-enactment project (which was never cast) and comedy Pivoting remain in contention. Fox is expected to make decisions on its remaining slate pilots in the coming days, with a potential comedy series order expected.

Fox has yet to renew any of its live-action scripted originals for next season. Instead, it’s made early decisions on its animated slate with renewals for Bob’s Burgers, Duncanville, Family Guy, The Great North and staple The Simpsons. That leaves 911 and its spinoff, Prodigal Son, The Resident and multicam comedy Call Me Kat on the bubble, with animated comedy Housebroken due in May.

Follow the status of the remaining pilots in contention with THR‘s guide and keep track of all the renewals, cancellations and new series orders with our handy scorecard.

This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.

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All Time Low, AJR & Surf Mesa Toast Billboard Music Awards Nods on Twitter Spaces Chat

All Time Low, Surf Mesa and AJR jumped on Billboard's Twitter Spaces on Friday (May 7) to discuss being 2021 Billboard Music Awards finalists.

All Time Low, AJR & Surf Mesa Toast Billboard Music Awards Nods on Twitter Spaces Chat

All Time Low, Surf Mesa and AJR jumped on Billboard’s Twitter Spaces on Friday (May 7) to discuss being 2021 Billboard Music Awards finalists.

All Time Low and AJR are both up for top rock song, with “Monsters,” featuring blackbear, and “Bang!,” respectively. AJR is also a finalist for top rock artist and top duo/group alongside rock heavyweights AC/DC, K-pop boy band BTS, country duo Dan + Shay and pop mainstays Maroon 5. Meanwhile, Surf Mesa has two nods in the dance/electronic fields: top dance/electronic artist and top dance/electronic song with “ily (i love you baby),” featuring Emilee.

All Time Low lead vocalist Alex Gaskarth and lead guitarist Jack Barakat chatted with Billboard News host Tetris Kelly first about what it was like connecting with blackbear on “Monsters,” which hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Rock & Alternative Airplay chart.

“It’s absolutely mind-blowing,” Gaskarth said. “We’re humbled to be nominated with a bunch of amazing songs, a bunch of amazing artists. It’s very, very cool. After such a trying and strange year, to be recognized for something like this is really special. Working with Bear was very cool. We’ve sort of floated in the same universe, I guess, for a while, but we never really got the chance to work on anything together. … Bear heard the song and wanted to do a verse, and the product that we got back was that much better than a song that we already felt great about. And the experiment kind of paid off. I think we’ve been celebrating it ever since.”

Surf Mesa (real name Powell Aguirre) later entered the Twitter Spaces chat to talk about the story behind his hit “ily (i love you),” which reached No. 1 on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, and how it made his dance music career take off.

“It’s for sure been a blessing, and what a year it’s been in the dance scene and music industry, really,” he told Kelly. “Everything that’s happened with this song, I don’t even know what to make of it. A year ago, I was a college student, I was living with five producers all making dance music, and I came across a sample of a talented singer named Emilee. And she was covering the chorus of ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,’ and I just downloaded the audio, I remixed it and just put it up on SoundCloud. It just kind of went from there.”

Last but not least, Adam, Jack and Ryan Met, the three brothers of AJR, hopped on to talk about being a finalist in three different categories: top rock artist, top duo/group and top rock song with “Bang!,” which broke into the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 and was a No. 1 hit on the Rock Digital Song Sales and Alternative Digital Song Sales tallies. Despite mimicking the bombastic horns in the song, the guys behind AJR said they’re not ones to toot their own horns.

“We are shocked and extremely happy,” Ryan said. “Growing up, we’re really not the kind of guys to get put up for any sort of award or trophy or win anything nonetheless. So we got the one, I remember our manager told us, and we were like, ‘Oh my God! We got one!’ And then he kind of kept going and we were like, ‘Wait, OK, who’s playing a prank on us?’ It was an incredible moment when we found that out.”

The 2021 Billboard Music Awards will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on May 23 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on NBC.

The Billboard Music Awards are produced by dick clark productions, which is owned by MRC. MRC and Penske Media are co-parent companies of Billboard.

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