Tiger King: 7 ways to get more of Netflix's wildly popular documentary - CNET

Tiger King: 7 ways to get more of Netflix's wildly popular documentary - CNET


Kate McKinnon will play Carole Baskin in the Tiger King miniseries.

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Good news for viewers who binged all seven episodes of Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness and want more. It seems that anyone who's ever crossed paws with any of the Tiger King stars is producing some form of new content, playing off the streaming show's massive success.

The hit Netflix series (spoilers ahead) focuses on Joseph Maldonado-Passage, aka Joe Exotic, and his Oklahoma exotic-animal park. It starts off genially loopy, with mullet-sporting Joe marrying two men at the same time in a hot-pink wedding, before exploding into a stormy feud between Joe and Carole Baskin, the owner of a big-cat sanctuary -- leading to a murder-for-hire plot. The constantly amped-up craziness of each episode has provided a much needed distraction for many amid the global coronavirus outbreak.

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But if you've seen the whole thing and have a cat-scratch fever for more, take heart: There may be more big catitude to come. Here are seven ways you can get more Tiger King.

Watch the aftershow

A new episode? Back on April 4, baseball player Justin Turner set Tiger King fans abuzz when he revealed a video message sent to him by Tiger King's Jeff Lowe, who ended up owning Joe's animal park. "Netflix is adding one more episode that will be on next week," Lowe told Turner in the video. "We're filming here tomorrow." 

And on April 9, Netflix confirmed that it's putting out one more slice of Tiger King content. Instead of a traditional episode, the followup is an aftershow, that oh-so-meta genre of TV show that talks about another TV show. This one's called The Tiger King and I, and will be hosted by actor and comedian Joel McHale. It'll pop into your Netflix offerings on Easter Sunday, April 12.

Sure sounds like this aftershow is the extra episode Lowe told Turner about. McHale will interview some of the people who've appeared on the show about their reactions to the program, and certainly share his own opinions. It sounds like there'll just be one aftershow episode, so McHale will have a lot of craziness to cram in.

The Tiger King and I — a Tiger King after show hosted by Joel McHale and featuring brand new interviews with John Reinke, Joshua Dial, John Finlay, Saff, Erik Cowie, Rick Kirkman, and Jeff and Lauren Lowe — will premiere April 12 pic.twitter.com/8fbbNdaiDA

— Netflix (@netflix) April 9, 2020

Hope for season 2 of the Netflix series


Joe Exotic of Tiger King fame is now behind bars.


The seven regular Netflix episodes end with Joe Exotic himself behind bars in federal prison for plotting to kill his rival, Baskin. He's still there, though the colorful characters who surrounded Joe are scattered to the wind -- click here for updates on many of them. But the story's not over. 

"We have a crazy amount of footage and it's a story that's still unfolding," director Rebecca Chaiklin told Entertainment Weekly. "We're not sure yet, but there could be a follow-up on this story because there's a lot that's still unfolding in it and it'll be just as dramatic and just as colorful as what has unfolded these past few years." 

Await the true-crime show

Joe Exotic and his universe are too bizarre to be limited to only one TV show. The Investigation Discovery network announced April 6 that another Joe show is in the works. ID's program, Investigating the Strange World of Joe Exotic, promises to delve into secrets about the pasts of Joe Exotic, Carole Baskin, Jeff Lowe and Doc Antle, featuring exclusive footage that's never been shown. 

The show also promises to dig in to whether Baskin is responsible for the 1997 disappearance of her husband, Don Lewis. Joe Exotic repeatedly claimed this in the show, and Baskin has publicly denied any knowledge of what happened to Lewis. A representative for ID said the show will be a limited series, and while there's no exact date, the network says it will premiere sometime in 2020.

Listen to the podcast

The Netflix filmmakers weren't the only ones working for years to tell this fascinating and bizarre story. You can listen to a podcast on the same topic. The second season of Wondery's Over My Dead Body podcast is titled Joe Exotic: Tiger King and written, narrated and reported by Robert Moor, who worked for years on the podcast. (Don't miss Moor's New York magazine article on Joe from September 2019, too.)

Unlike the Netflix series, the podcast is still delivering fresh content. New episodes come out on Tuesday, and the podcast is also sharing bonus episodes, featuring interviews with members of the Joe universe, including Baskin and Joe's former romantic partner John Finlay.

Help cast the miniseries

Because a hit entertainment series can spread to other media as quickly as a tiger can jump on a pair of cologne-soaked shoes, the podcast has been optioned by NBC Universal to be made into a miniseries. So far, the only cast member announced is Saturday Night Live comedian Kate McKinnon, who'll play Baskin as well as serve as an executive producer. A representative for McKinnon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Moor told Andy Cohen that he'd love to see Margot Robbie play Joe Exotic in a gender-switch role. "Look at her eyes, she has eyes that look just like Joe's," he says. "I think she'd do a great job with it." Moor said he'd like to see John C. Reilly as Doc Antle, the founder of a South Carolina wildlife preserve who also plays a role in the podcast and Netflix show. Moor invited listeners to tweet cast suggestions to him, and CNET's Bonnie Burton came up with some casting ideas of her own

Watch David Spade's videos

Actor David Spade has fallen down the Joe Exotic rabbit hole and conducted a number of video interviews with people who appeared in the show. Until that possible second season or additional episode comes along, Spade's videos are almost like short bonus episodes and a Tiger King fan should definitely check them out.

So far, Spade has interviewed Joe's ex-partner John Finlay; former zoo manager John Reinke; Jeff Lowe, who took over the animal park; and former park employee Kelci "Saff" Saffery. Spade's not only a fan, he keeps getting suggested as a cast member for the Joe Exotic miniseries. Besides, his role as Joe Dirt in the 2001 comedy proved the man knows his way around a mullet.

Tune in to Rick Kirkham's livestream

Tiger King viewers likely remember Rick Kirkham, the former Inside Edition reporter who was filming Joe Exotic for his own documentary, then lost all his filmed footage when a fire broke out at Joe's zoo. Kirkham will spill more info about the whole crazy Joe universe on Saturday, April 11 at 11 a.m. PT in a livestreamed special. 

Kirkham lives in Norway now and his livestream will be hosted by Norwegian journalist Per Sundnes. Kirkham promises to share untold stories, show unseen footage, and answer viewer questions. He says those questions can be submitted via video on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #AskTigerRick, or by sending an email to [email protected]

"I'm blown away by the response to Tiger King," Kirkham said in a press release. "I live in the Arctic Circle now and I can't even walk outside without someone pointing and saying, 'look!' It's raised a public conversation about keeping big cats as pets or in zoos, and for that I am very happy."

But the good dish doesn't come free: A note on the page where the livestream will be hosted says it costs between $3.99 and $4.99 US to watch Kirkham's show. You can get 20 percent off if you buy your ticket before midnight Friday, the site says.


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