Kate McKinnon’s Joe Exotic series commissioned by NBCUniversal


LOS ANGELES – The Joe Exotic saga receives another Hollywood chapter, with Kate McKinnon playing her rival in a limited TV series.

The “Saturday Night Live” star will play Carole Baskin, who was looking to shut down Joseph Maldonado-Passage’s for-profit cat farm. The conflict became a pop culture sensation with Netflix’s documentary series “Tiger King”.

The series, commissioned without a pilot episode, will be based on the Wondery “Joe Exotic” podcast, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming said Tuesday.

It is slated for release on three corporate siblings: the NBC broadcast network, the US cable channel and the recently launched Peacock streaming service, NBC Universal said.

McKinnon will also be an executive producer for the show with the working title of “Joe Exotic,” the Maldonado-Passage nickname. He is also known by the family name Schreibvogel.

Maldonado-Passage is serving a 22-year federal prison sentence for killing five tigers and plotting to have Baskin killed. In June, a federal judge awarded Baskin ownership of the Oklahoma Private Zoo run by Maldonado-Passage.

The role of Joe Exotic has yet to be played, NBCUniversal said. Production and release dates have not been announced.


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