Tiger King Adaptation From Kate McKinnon Coming to Peacock, NBC, USA

An unusual story is getting a similarly unusual roll-out broadcast plan.


The Kate McKinnon-led series about Carole Baskin and the "Tiger King" Joe Exotic has received a multi-platform series order, according to Deadline. The NBCUniversal show, whose working title is Joe Exotic, will be rolling out across three different NBCU platforms: NBC (a broadcast network), Peacock (a streaming service), and USA (a basic cable network).

No air date or other casting choices--aside from McKinnon--have yet been announced. The limited series, originally announced back in November, revisits the now familiar story popularized by the Netflix series Tiger King, in which an animal breeder and a big-cat enthusiast have a quickly escalating rivalry. There is another high-profile adaptation in the works, with Nicolas Cage as Joe Exotic. All these adaptations, including the Netflix one earlier this year, have been inspired by the second season of Wondery's true-crime podcast Over My Dead Body.

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The NBC version will be written by Etan Frankel (Friday Night Lights, Get Shorty), who will also executive produce along with McKinnon and also Wondery's Herman Lopez, Marshall Lewy, and Aaron Hart.

The role also marks McKinnon's second time starring in a series adapted from a podcast. She also plays Elizabeth Holmes in the upcoming Hulu drama The Dropout, inspired by the podcast telling the story of the ill-fated Silicon Valley technology company, Theranos.

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