Tiger King Joe Exotic Series From Kate McKinnon Finds Home On Peacock

The unusual story everyone binged last year will now exclusively be on the streaming service.


The Kate McKinnon-led series about Carole Baskin and "Tiger King" Joe Exotic is changing its roll-out broadcast plans to now exclusively air on Peacock, according to The Hollywood Reporter. When the new show was first announced back in 2020, it originally had an unusual plan to hit three different NBCUniversal platforms: NBC (a broadcast network), Peacock (a streaming service), and USA (a basic cable network).

"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," said Susan Rovner, chairman of entertainment content at NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. "Moving Joe Exotic to Peacock exclusively is just one example of the strengths of our new structure, which gives us the ability to let the art dictate the platform and not the other way around."

This announcement comes on the heels of NBCUniversal indicating it is considering pulling its movies from HBO Max and Netflix and have them live at Peacock instead, in a push to make it a streaming service destination with more exclusive content. That announcement itself continued a trend established with The Office leaving Netflix earlier this year and winding up on Peacock.

Even if NBCUniversal is changing its plans for its Tiger King show--which recently added John Cameron Mitchell (Shrill) in the titular role--with exclusivity in its mind, it will still have some competition. 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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