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Kate McKinnon Hunts Down ‘Joe Exotic,’ Peter Paige’s Freeform Project

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Kate McKinnon is working on another project based on a podcast. The Emmy Award-winning SNL star is already in production on The Dropout, based on ABC News/ABC Radios podcast about Theranos fraud Elizabeth Holmes (a no-brainer, really, since they look quite alike and McKinnon is a master at tackling the slightly offcomedy of bizarrely delusional people). And now shes joined production company UCP whove already turned the podcasts Homecoming, Dirty John, and Dr. Death into TV projects for Joe Exotic, based on the Wondery networks podcast called Over My Dead Body. McKinnon will executive produce and star in this true story as Carole Baskin, a big cat enthusiast, who discovers that a man named Joe ExoticSchreibvogel is breeding his own big cats for profit. She tries to shut him down, a rivalry develops, and the two engage in a battle that turns, well, you can listen to the podcast yourself, but its a doozy. No word on when this limited series will air, or where, but keep your cat eyes open for it down the road.


Peter Paige, the Queer As Folk star-turned-production-mogul who created, wrote and produced shows like The Fosters and Good Trouble, has a new queer directing gig on the horizon. Its called The Thing About Harry a romantic comedy for the Freeform network. Starring Jake Borelli (Greys Anatomy) as a young man taking the yearning romantics path through life after coming out in high school, and newcomer Niko Terho as the no-strings player who complicates the lives of yearning romantic types, its a straightforward tale of young love and commitment that networks like Hallmark still refuse to touch (and lets not call it heteronormative for now, lets just call it sweetly traditional). The film co-stars Britt Baron (Glow) and Karamo Brown (Queer Eye) as friends, as well as Paige as an older mentor. It all sounds like the Love, Simon-ing of gay boy romances, and we are here for it. Theres still an absolute dearth of those, so were more than ready to watch come Valentines Day, 2020, when it drops.

Romeo San Vicente starts buying Valentines Day candy for himself on December 26.

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