“Tiger King 2” somehow looks even more bonkers than the original — and we’re here for it
We’re about to throw it back all the way to March 2020. We had just finished obsessing over Netflix’s hit docuseries Cheer. The COVID-19 pandemic was emerging as a scary thing we needed to be concerned about. Then Joe Exotic came along and suddenly, America had the distraction from reality it so sorely needed in those first weeks of quarantine. Everyone was obsessed with this extremely charismatic (and kind of bonkers) tiger-owning man and it became utterly normal to greet people by saying, “Hey, all you cool cats and kittens.”
Guess what? It’s back.
Yup, we are blessed enough to be getting Tiger King 2 as a very early Christmas gift and the official trailer is finally here. Buckle up, kitties — it’s a lot.
“With Joe Exotic behind bars and Carole Baskin closing in on ownership of his disreputable zoo, the Emmy-nominated saga continues its twisted course with Tiger King 2 as newfound revelations emerge on the motivations, backstories, and secrets of America’s most notorious big cat owners,” Netflix shares in a press release. “Old enemies and frenemies, including Jeff Lowe, Tim Stark, Allen Glover, and James Garretson return for another season of murder, mayhem, and madness.”
Ok, so first things first — the new series actually won’t feature Joe Exotic or Carole Baskin — not directly at least. Joe is in prison and as the trailer shows, appears via phone calls. Over the opening strains of Caberet’s “Maybe This Time,” we get an update from the King himself. “There’s an innocent man in prison,” he says during a phone call from federal prison in Fort Worth, Texas. “Everybody from the zoo is out there making money, and I’m paying the price for every one of them. If you give a damn, it’s time to speak up.”
At one point in the trailer, Exotic says he’d be willing to “make a deal with the devil” in order to be released from prison. Hopefully we hear more about that in the five-episode series.
For her part, Baskin is decidedly not thrilled that there’s another installment of the show after the first edition basically suggested she had something to do with the 1997 disappearance of her wealthy late husband Don Lewis, who was declared dead in 2002. “I don’t know how they put out a Tiger King 2 when Joe Schreibvogel’s [aka Joe Exotic] in jail and I’m refusing to be played again,” Baskin shared with The Hollywood Reporter after news of Netflix rolling out Tiger King 2 broke in September 2021. “Rebecca Chaiklin said she wanted to ‘clear the air’ about what they did to me in Tiger King. I told her to lose my number. There is no explanation for such a betrayal and false portrayal.”
So if you’re ready to see whatever new drama Netflix has uncovered involving Lowe, Stark, Glover, and Garretson (with some prison calls from Joe sprinkled in) get ready for November 17th when the series drops.