Kyle MacLachlan Joins Peacock Joe Exotic Series As Howard Baskin

The streaming series doesn't yet have a release date.


Actor Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks, Portlandia) has joined the cast of Peacock's upcoming Joe Exotic series, according to Variety. A premiere date has not yet been announced.

MacLachlan will star as Howard Baskin, opposite series lead Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live), who will play Carole Baskin. The NBC series was first announced last year, on the heels of the runaway popularity of Netflix's Tiger King--which is also likely widely remembered as one of the first things people binged while in quarantine. For those who haven't yet seen it, Howard Baskin's character functions as an "even-keeled husband who supports her" throughout an escalating war with the titular character, who will be played by James Cameron Mitchell (Shrill, The Good Fight).

All in all, the chemistry between these three actors alone should make the show worth a watch--even among those who didn't watch or made a point to stay away from the Netflix series. Said Susan Rovern, chairman of entertainment content at NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, "Joe Exotic is shaping up to be a bold and provocative drama and perfectly suited for Peacock, where we can push the envelope and truly bring the story to life in a way that we would be unable to do on broadcast television."

There certainly will be a lot of options for watching new takes on the Tiger King story. There's currently also both a Joe Exotic documentary and an Amazon retelling of his story starring Nicolas Cage in the works.

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