I, like over 34 million other people, watched “Tiger King” during its first 10 days of release. We were all stuck at home during the quarantine and got obsessed with “Tiger King” and it’s hard to believe true life characters. According to Netflix’s description, Tiger King was about a zoo owner spiraling out of control amid a cast of eccentric characters in this true murder-for-hire story from the underworld of big cat breeding. Since the original did so well, there was no doubt that subsequent documentaries about these characters would come out, and it did.
This week Peacock dropped Joe Vs. Carole, an 8 series arc based on the Wondery podcast “Joe Exotic,” hosted and reported by Robert Moor, the limited series will center on Carole Baskin, a big cat enthusiast, who learns that fellow exotic animal lover Joe “Exotic” Schreibvogel is breeding and using his big cats for profit. She sets out to shut down his venture, inciting a quickly escalating rivalry. But Carole has a checkered past of her own and when the claws come out, Joe will stop at nothing to expose what he sees as her hypocrisy. The results prove dangerous.
Joe Vs Carole stars the incredibly talented Kate Mckinnon (I just can’t get enough of her) as Carole, John Cameron Mitchell as Joe along with Kyle MacLachlan, Brian Van Holt, Sam Keeley, Nat Wolff, Marlo Kelly, William Fichtner, Dean Winters, and David Wenham.
I must tell you; I was just as obsessed with Joe Vs. Carole as I was with Tiger King. I just can’t seem to get enough of this story and these characters. John and Kate both NAIL their roles and the supporting cast are also amazing.
According to Etan Frankel, series showrunner/writer/executive producer: “JOE vs CAROLE is a wild ride. It’s a fun and rich journey into the story of people who live very extreme lives. When I took on this project a year and a half ago, I found Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin to be utterly fascinating, and this crazy tale about two big cat lovers quickly became an important story for me to tell. I hope that when people watch JOE vs CAROLE just maybe they’ll see these people that they thought they knew in a brand-new way. We knew it would take two extraordinary actors to portray these larger-than-life people as the complex, three-dimensional individuals that they are. John Cameron Mitchell is one of the most gifted and thoughtful actors I’ve ever worked with. He cares so deeply about the work, and his performance is breathtaking. And Kate McKinnon is simply remarkable. She is able to make us double over with laughter one moment and then break our hearts the next. It was an absolute thrill to watch these two exceptional actors morph into these roles.”
Trust me, this is one you will want to watch!