Well, it’s time to test what little relevance anything Tiger King-related still has, as the Peacock miniseries, Joe vs Carole, will soon be upon us. The Netflix documentary, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness, came out in 2020 when people were locked in their houses because of a pandemic, and had nothing else to do or be interested in, and it took on a life of its own. The story of the big cat breeder, Joe “Exotic” Schreibvogel, and his feud with the big cat rescuer, Carole Baskin, was everywhere. Joe became a momentary celebrity because of how bizarre and tacky he was in the Netflix doc, and Carole as well became an internet character and even got on Dancing With The Stars after it was suggested she killed her first husband and fed him to her big cats. And now, here we are, two years later and a full show about how Joe and Carole fought is coming out starring John Cameron Mitchell as Joe and Kate McKinnon as Carole. We already got a teaser trailer last month and now the full trailer is out.
Peacock is releasing all 8 episodes of the Joe vs Carole miniseries on March 3rd. Deadline says the series follows primarily Carole, who is a big-cat enthusiast who learns that fellow exotic-animal lover, Joe, has been breeding his big cats for profit, and she decides to shut him down. This, of course, happened in real life as well, with their feud culminating in Joe hiring a hitman to kill Carole. Joe was sent to prison for 22 years because of it (but his sentence was recently changed to 21 years). His sentence also includes punishment for crimes against the exotic animals he kept in his zoo.
The trailer for the miniseries shows Kyle MacLachlan as Carole’s husband (the living one), Howard Baskin, and I don’t know if overall this series is supposed to be a comedy or a serious drama? I’m confused. It’s giving “laugh out loud” House of Gucci vibes but with more believable accents. It kind of looks like if Ryan Murphy‘s Feud was set in a trailer park and had no attractive people in it.
I wonder when Hollywood will stop with these flash-in-the-pan TV shows and movies being made about something that’s relevant in the zeitgeist for like five minutes. Next thing you know, Paramount+ is going to do a biopic miniseries on the Fuck Her Right In The Pussy Guy.