Netflix's Tiger King has gripped the nation. According to a Variety report, over 34 million people in the United States viewed the series in its first 10 days of streaming. Netflix went on to reveal that these numbers mean its one of the streamer's most popular shows ever, with more viewers than season 2 of Stranger Things. And with the success, has come the desire to build out more content based on the story.
On Sunday, April 12, Netflix will release The Tiger King and I, an aftershow hosted by Joel McHale. The new project will feature "brand new interviews" with a number of the show's stars including Jeff and Lauren Lowe, Joe Exotic's ex-husband John Finlay, and our calm, caring king of reason Saff.
"I talk to a lot of people involved in the project," McHale said in a lo-fi trailer for the special, wearing what we can only describe as Tiger King cosplay — he's shirtless, draped in a few big cat prints a la Carole Baskin, and sports a fake "Netflix" tattoo on his lower abdomen a la Finlay. "[We] see what's happened in their lives since release of the series. It's eye-opening and hopefully funny."
We're expecting that since most of the country has been in quarantine since the initial relesae, the special will similarly be lo-fi. And while we can certainly understand this sort of "reunion" type of project, can we all just agree to put a moratorium on all other related ventures?
Since the show's success, there's been a flurry of announcements of new shows all revisiting the world of Joe Exotic. TMZ has a one-hour special queued up for Monday, April 13 hosted by Harvey Levin on Fox. It plans to examine "outstanding questions about whether or not Joe Exotic is guilty, an inside look into Carole Baskin's husband's disappearance and the current status of the new investigation" according to Variety. That airing will be called TMZ Investigates: Tiger King — What Really Went Down?
Investigation Discover has also greenlit a "definitive sequel" titled Investigating the Strange World of Joe Exotic, which also — you guessed it — will delve into the namesake's life and rumors around Baskin. It promises exclusive footage and will be told from Exotic's perspective.
Then there's the series starring Kate McKinnon that's based on Joe Exotic, Tiger King the podcast. Yeah ... a whole lot of content!
Joe Exotic and his Tiger King world were good television, that we will not deny. But good television in the "a car crash that just gets worse and worse as you start getting into the carnage" type of way. Should we be giving more attention to Joe Maldonado-Passage, a man who is currently incarcerated for a murder-for-hire, and has reportedly used drugs to lure in lovers and then isolated them from the rest of the world in all of the trademark signs of an abuser? Can we maybe ... like not?