EXCLUSIVE: Fox’s Monarch gets new boss after ex Designated survivors showrunner Jon Harmon Feldman took over the reins of the musical drama series.
Harmon Feldman has been named showrunner of the country music series and replaces Michael Rauch.
The series, which stars Susan Sarandon, Trace Adkins and Anna Friel, premieres Sunday, January 30 at 10 p.m. Currently in production, Feldman will now oversee the series, which was created by Melissa London Hilfers.
Deadline understands that given the size of the show – it’s an extensive musical family epic – there were some speed bumps during the filming, and Fox, which owns the series as its first live-action series fully since the sale of the 20th TV to Disney, felt it was necessary to turn. We hear that production was briefly stopped when Harmon Feldman took over the position.
Rauch, who created the CBS drama series Instinct and was exec producer on Royal Pains, had originally overseen the author room for the project, which comes out of the network’s script-to-series model, and was named showrunner when it scored a series order in May.
Harmon Feldman, formerly one of the showrunners of ABC’s Kiefer Sutherland-fronted political drama designated survivors, has held showrunner positions, including at ABC’s Blood and Oil. He created Fox’s supernatural drama Tru Calling, starring Eliza Dushku and co-created ABC’s No ordinary family with Greg Berlanti. He has also worked on series, among others The newsroom and Revenge and began his career in comedy with jobs on The Wonder Years and Dawson’s Creek.
Monarch is a multigenerational musical drama about America’s first family of country music, the Romans. The Romans are led by the insanely talented but tough as nails Queen of Country Music Dottie Cantrell Roman, played by Sarandon. Together with her beloved husband Albie, played by Adkins, Dottie has created a country music dynasty. But even though the Roman name is synonymous with authenticity, the very basis of their success is a lie. And when their reign as the country’s royals is jeopardized, Crown heiress Nicolette “Nicky” Roman, played by Friel, will stop at nothing to protect her family’s legacy while ensuring her own quest for star status.
Beth Ditto, Josh Sasse and Inigo Pascual also starred with Eva Amurri, Adam Croasdell, Martha Higareda, Meagan Holder and Faith Prince among the recurring.
Exec producers for the Fox Entertainment-produced series include Hilfers, Harmon Feldman, Gail Berman, Hend Baghdady and Jason Owen.
Harmon Feldman is represented by WME, Morris Yorn, Jeremy Bell and Ellen Goldsmith Vein at Gotham Group. Rauch is represented by CAA and attorney Kevin Kelly.