It feels like so much more than a year has passed since everyone was obsessed with Netflix’s true crime docuseries Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness. In the decade since the summer of 2020, two completely separate Tiger King scripted shows have been announced, and another documentary series is set to come out on Animal Planet.

And now, the NBC and Peacock series Joe Exotic has cast its Howard Baskin. In the intense and ridiculous feud between Exotic and big cats rights activist Carole Baskin, Howard is Carole’s even-tempered right-hand man. He’s a quiet, demure type, though he always has his wife’s back. (Even when she’s been accused of allegedly feeding her second husband, Don Lewis, to tigers!)

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The Joe Exotic series coming to NBC, Peacock, and USA Network has crowned its “Tiger King.” John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) has been cast as Joe Exotic, opposite Kate McKinnon as Carole Baskin, in a limited series based on the real-life rivals of the big cat world who shot to fame following Netflix’s early-pandemic docuseries hit.

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It seems like it’s been years since Tiger King dominated the social media sphere, but in reality it was just at the beginning of lockdown that the Netflix docuseries became a viral sensation, prompting Hollywood to scramble to get as many Joe Exotic projects started as possible. But before Tiger King there was Joe Exotic, a Wondery podcast that covered the same story last year and quickly got picked up for a TV series adaptation. In November 2019, it was reported that Kate McKinnon was set to star in the series as Carole Baskin, the owner of Big Cat Rescue and the mortal enemy of Joe Exotic. Nearly a year later, the Joe Exotic TV series has been picked up straight to series by not one, but three different platforms: NBC, the streaming service Peacock, and USA.

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Tiger King Zoo Closed

The Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park, the former kingdom of the man known as the Tiger King, is closing its doors.

As seen on Netflix’s Tiger King series, the park previously owned by Joe Exotic (AKA The Tiger King) was transferred over to Jeff Lowe. Though ownership of the facility has been ordered to be handed over to rival Big Cat Rescue operator Carole Baskin, the evacuation of the location only needed to be complete in 120 days (starting from early June), so the zoo has still been allowing visitors since May after a brief closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. But in the wake of a recent conflict with the USDA, the zoo is now closing its doors again. And this time it’s permanent. Read More »

Carole Baskin's Missing Husband

The fascinating story at the center of Netflix’s true crime documentary series Tiger King keeps getting better. Hot on the heels of the news that the zoo formerly owned by Joe Exotic has been ordered to be handed over to his rival, Big Cat Rescue animal sanctuary owner Carole Baskin, there’s a chilling update in the mystery surrounding the disappearance of her husband Don Lewis. Read More »

Tiger King Zoo Awarded to Carole Baskin

The kingdom of The Tiger King continues to crumble.

The wild and crazy story of Joe Exotic and his Greater Wynnewood Zoo in Oklahoma City was chronicled in the popular Netflix true crime series Tiger King. After a series of legally questionable decisions and business deals, Exotic found himself at the center of a trademark lawsuit laid on him by Carole Baskin, owner of a Florida animal sanctuary called Big Cat Rescue. In order to avoid losing his zoo in the legal battle, he fraudulently transferred the property over to his mother Shirley M. Schreibvogel. But now a U.S. District judge in Oklahoma City has ruled that the zoo property must be turned over to Carole Baskin. Read More »

New Tiger King Episode

UPDATE: Netflix has officially announced the new episode, which is an after show update with new interviews of the subjects of the documentary series Tiger King. Our original story from April 5 follows below with the official update at the end.

The new Netflix documentary miniseries Tiger King has taken the population by storm. People can’t stop talking about the man known as Joe Exotic, his zoo full of tigers and lions, and his life full of some of the most incredible, unbelievably real characters you’ll ever meet. But even though Joe Exotic is sitting in jail right now, the saga of the Tiger King isn’t over. Reportedly there is a new Tiger King episode coming to Netflix this week. Read More »