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Joe Exotic TV show release, trailer, cast for Kate McKinnon adaptation

You haven't seen the last of Tiger King personality Carole Baskin.

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While everyone's stuck at home, binge-watching Netflix has become a national pastime. The latest obsession has been with Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness, a seven-part Netflix documentary series detailing the long-standing rivalry between Joe Exotic (aka Joe Maldonado-Passage aka Joe Shreibvogel), the founder of the G.W. Zoo, and Carol Baskin, the founder of Big Cat Rescue.

What resulted was a long battle of copyright, legal issues, accusations, and finally, the arrest of Joe Exotic himself. He's currently serving 22 years in prison for wildlife charges, but his story lives on. While the tiger tale is wild enough in its factual form, a scripted series is in the works, and a certain comedy queen is attached to play "The Mother Teresa of big cats."

What is the Tiger King scripted series called?

The show is an adaptation of the second season of Wondery's podcast Over My Dead Body, which was simply titled Joe Exotic. The television show will use the same title.

Wondery has capitalized on this newfound Tiger King mania by rereleasing these episodes on streaming services, so you can get a taste of what the series will be like before its release. If you can't wait for the weekly episode releases, all six episodes are available to stream on Wondery's website, but they're behind a paywall.

When is Joe Exotic's release date?

The series was announced in November 2019, but filming only began in July 2021. So it’s safe to say we won’t be able to see Tiger King until 2022 at the earliest.

Joe Exotic and some of his tiger cubs.Netflix

Who is developing the Joe Exotic series?

The project is spearheaded by UCP, otherwise known as Universal Content Productions. UCP is no stranger to adapting podcasts for television, as they've released two already: Dirty John and the Emmy-nominated Julia Roberts series Homecoming. Aside from Joe Exotic, they've got one more Wondery podcast adaptation in the works, Dr. Death. Dr. Death was announced in 2018 and was released on NBC's Peacock streaming service in July 2021.

Who is in the cast of Joe Exotic?

Saturday Night Live's Kate McKinnon is on board to star and executive produce the series. She'll be playing Carole Baskin, the founder of Miami animal sanctuary Big Cat Rescue. Her past is a little murky, as the disappearance of her second husband remains unsolved, so there will be lots of material for McKinnon to shine and show off her dramatic chops.

Carole Baskin and one of her lions at Big Cat Rescue.

Here’s the rest of the cast for Tiger King:

  • Dean Winters (Oz) as “Jeff Lowe”
  • John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) as “Joe Exotic”
  • Brian Van Holt (Cougar Town) as “John Reinke”
  • Sam Keeley (Anthropoid) as “John Finlay”
  • Nat Wolff (The Stand) as “Travis Maldonado”
  • William Fichtner (Crash) as “Rick Kirkham”
  • Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks) as “Howard Baskin”
  • Lex Mayson as “Saff”
  • Joel Marsh Garland as “James Garretson”
  • Marlo Kelly as “Jamie Murdock”

Originally, Dennis Quaid was brought in to play the role of Rick Kirkhan. He was replaced by William Fichtner in July 2021 due to a scheduling conflict while filming.

Is there a trailer for Joe Exotic?

There's not a trailer for the television adaptation just yet. Still, if you're anxious for a taste of what the series will entail, the first episode of the podcast source material is available to listen to on YouTube.

What will Joe Exotic air on?

In May 2021, it was announced that Joe Exotic would air exclusively on Peacock, NBC’s streaming-only platform. Since launching in May 2020, the service has hosted the reboot of Saved by the Bell, Emmy-nominated The Amber Ruffin Show, and Doctor Death, which is similarly based on a Wondery podcast.

Joe Exotic does not yet have a release date.

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