Talk about uncanny similarities.
We all now know of the tragic passing of country music star Naomi Judd of country band The Judds, and how she deceased due to suicide after a long struggle with mental health.
Well, the new country music TV series Monarch, starring Susan Sarandon and Trace Adkins, seems to have escaped Naomi’s death in the first two episodes.
One of the scenes in the second episode shows Dottie Cantrell Roman (Sarandon) planning her own suicide, and even featured her own funeral which she had planned by Dottie before making the move.
Of course, aside from the suicide, Sarandon’s character has auburn hair, a similar shade to Naomi, her character is from a country music family, her daughter is also a country music singer.
But perhaps the weirdest part?
The show’s funeral scene even featured the Judds’ song “Love Can Build a Bridge”, which was performed by Wynonna Judd at Naomi’s funeral.
However according to Deadline, Executive producer Jon Feldman, who replaced Michael Rauch during filming last November, says it was all a strange coincidence and that the series was filmed long before the tragic death of Naomi Judd.
“From what I knew of the show, it was inspired by the lives of many country artists. It tapped into that world. One of the producers is Jason Owen, who is one of Nashville’s top musical directors.
Until Naomi’s death, which was truly the most tragic and disturbing of coincidences, there was no [similarities] between the Romans and the Judds. The Romans are a fictional first country family.
But really, the turn of events of Naomi’s death was something no one could have predicted.
Feldman also weighed in on the coincidence of playing the Judds’ song “Love Can Build a Bridge”:
“It was another weird coincidence. As I said, Jason Owen, who was a producer on our show and was heavily involved in the production and the music, was also very close to the Judds and was involved in the production of his actual funeral.
Nobody knew that Naomi had made the decision to have this song. We had already finished our production when she passed away. Our cast had scattered around the world and production was complete. So we didn’t have the opportunity to redo anything.
Although it was just a strange coincidence, it definitely caught the attention of viewers who were shocked by the parallels:
Here is the trailer: