Talk about uncanny similarities.
We all know by now about the tragic death of country music star Naomi Judd of country group The Judds and how she died deceased due to suicide after a long battle with mental health.
Well, the new country music TV series Monarch, starring Susan Sarandon and Trace Adkins, appears to have escaped Naomi’s death in the early episodes.
One of the scenes in the second episode shows Dottie Cantrell Roman (Sarandon) planning her own suicide and even showed her own funeral which she had planned for Dottie before making the move.
Aside from the suicide, Sarandon’s character has naturally auburn hair, a shade similar to Naomi’s, her character comes from a country music family, her daughter is also a country music singer.
But maybe the strangest thing?
The funeral scene from the show even included the Judds’ song “Love Can Build a Bridge,” which was sung by Wynonna Judd at Naomi’s funeral.
However, acc Meeting, Executive producer Jon Feldman, who replaced Michael Rauch during filming last November, says it was all a strange coincidence and that the show was filmed well before Naomi Judd’s tragic death.
“From what I knew about the show, it was inspired by the lives of a lot of country artists. It drew from this world. One of the producers is Jason Owen, a top music executive in Nashville.
There was none until the death of Naomi, which was truly the most tragic and scariest of all coincidences [similarities] between the Romans and the Judds. The Romans are a fictional first family of the country.
But really, the turn of events of Naomi’s death was something no one could have predicted.”
Feldman also commented on the coincidence of playing the song “Love Can Build a Bridge” by The Judds:
“It was another weird coincidence. As I said, Jason Owen, who was our show’s producer and was heavily involved in production and music, was also very close to the Judds and was involved in the production of their real life funeral.
No one knew Naomi made the decision to have this song. When she died, we were already done with our production. Our cast had spread all over the world and production was finished. So we didn’t have a chance to reshoot anything.”
While it’s all just a weird coincidence, it definitely caught the attention of viewers who were shocked by the parallels:
Here’s the trailer:
https://www.whiskeyriff.com/2022/09/22/monarch-producer-calls-similarities-to-naomi-judd-the-most-tragic-eerie-of-coincidences/ ‘Monarch’ Producer Calls Similarities To Naomi Judd The “Most Tragic & Eerie Of Coincidences”