Netflix's 'Tiger King': Your Biggest Questions Answered

By now, it’s possible that you’ve heard of the self-proclaimed “Tiger King,” a gay polygamist roadside zoo owner and big cat breeder named Joe Exotic who is at the center of the the Netflix documentary Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness. Premiering less than a week ago, the seven-part series has gone viral and quickly rose to No. 1 on the streaming platform’s Top 10. 

After first making headlines in 2019 thanks to a New York Magazine investigative feature and a hit Wondery podcast — which explored his fierce love for big cats, his escalating antics and intense battle with Carole Baskin, an animal activist and owner of a big cat sanctuary who is attempting to put him out of business — Exotic, his longtime nemesis and a menagerie of colorful characters are back in the news as viewers dig deeper into their unbelievably true stories. 

ET previously put together a guide to Tiger King’s key characters and their interwoven stories. Now, we’ve got answers to many of your big questions, like the possibility of a second season, status of a scripted series and who is starring in it, and how Baskin and others have reacted to the docuseries.

How did Tiger King end? 

The docuseries ends on an ominous note, with Exotic behind bars, serving out a 22-year sentence in a federal prison for a failed murder-for-hire plot against Baskin and other wildlife violations. He reveals that he’s now working with authorities to expose others involved in the illegal selling and breeding of big cats. “Did I ever dream PETA would be my ally right now? F**k no, but I’m done with the animal world, so let’s just shut all the troublemakers down,” he says via phone from jail. 

It also revealed at the end of Tiger King that Baskin’s passion project, Big Cat Public Safety Act, was not passed by Congress and that Doc Antle’s Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, upscale zoo was raided by authorities in December 2019 in response to allegations that he had euthanized several tigers. 

How has Carole Baskin reacted to accusations in the docuseries? 

The animal activist and owner of Big Cat Rescue, who was accused of feeding her missing husband to one of her tigers, has not responded kindly to the docuseries. In a lengthy blog post, “Refuting Netflix Tiger King,” Baskin claims that Chaiklin and Goode misled her. 

“When the directors of the Netflix documentary Tiger King came to us five years ago they said they wanted to make the big cat version of Blackfish (the documentary that exposed abuse at SeaWorld) that would expose the misery caused by the rampant breeding of big cat cubs for cub petting exploitation and the awful life the cats lead in roadside zoos and back yards if they survive,” she writes. “There are not words for how disappointing it is to see that the docuseries not only does not do any of that but has had the sole goal of being as salacious and sensational as possible to draw viewers.”

Baskin also took issue with how her marriage to second husband Jack Lewis and his subsequent disappearance was portrayed in Tiger King. “It has a segment devoted to suggesting, with lies and innuendos from people who are not credible, that I had a role in the disappearance of my husband Don 21 years ago,” she writes. “The series presents this without any regard for the truth or in most cases even giving me an opportunity before publication to rebut the absurd claims. They did not care about truth. The unsavory lies are better for getting viewers.”

She concludes by writing, “Don was not easy to live with and like most couples we had our moments. But I never threatened him and I certainly had nothing to do with his disappearance.”

And while her efforts in Congress did not pass, Baskin is still raising awareness about the dangers of the cub petting industry.

Is Doc Antle’s zoo still open?

In addition to Baskin, Antle has also spoken out about how his South Carolina zoo, Myrtle Beach Safari, was portrayed. Despite being raided by authorities, the park is still open to visitors, where they can still cuddle up to some of the animals.

“We are very disappointed that our facility was mentioned in the new Netflix series. We can only assume it is because Doc Antle has been such a high profile wildlife personality for so many decades that his association would create more buzz,” a lengthy caption posted to Antle’s Instagram account reads. “It is important to understand that this series is not a documentary; it’s sensationalized entertainment with paid participants. Tiger King is the bizarre story of Joe and Carole and their feud. These characters are not representative of experts in the wildlife sector or world class facilities like ours here in Myrtle Beach.”

Antle’s Instagram post also asserts that “Myrtle Beach Safari has been recognized by the state of South Carolina as one of the pre-eminent wildlife facilities in the United States… Myrtle Beach Safari adheres to all USDA guidelines, and our animals are treated with the utmost care. We have never had a USDA violation and work collaboratively with various state and federal wildlife agencies to ensure our animals receive the very best life each and every day.”

That said, the South Carolina safari is remaining opening during the coronavirus outbreak. An update to the site’s website reads, “Myrtle Beach Safari is not planning to cancel any tours. We are also following the CDC guidelines and taking all necessary health precautions.” 

Did Joe Exotic really sing all those country songs?

In addition to Exotic’s many ventures, including a 2016 presidential bid and reality TV series, the zookeeper is also a country music recording artist. Most of his songs like “I Saw a Tiger” are seemingly biographical, depicting his life as a lover of big cats and perpetuating the lifestyle of his alter ego. The most shocking song, however, is one that accuses Baskin of feeding Lewis to a tiger — there’s even a lookalike shown in the music video slipping meat into the mouth of one. 

While Tiger King features Exotic’s music and videos, audiences never see him in the recording studio. And according to Newsweek, Baskin claims that it’s not even Exotic’s voice heard in the songs. “The documentary never does reveal that Joe Exotic only lip-synced to songs written and recorded by Vince Johnson and Danny Clinton,” she says of the two songwriters who are credited in the docuseries for “Archival Footage.”

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And Baskin is not the only one refuting Exotic’s singing abilities. In an interview with Vanity Fair, reality TV producer Rick Kirkham says “he couldn’t even hold a tune.” He continues by adding that “it was a big joke within the crew and staff that it wasn’t him [singing in the videos] — but he was damned insistent to anyone and everyone, including us and my studio crew, that that was him.”

But the biggest nail in the coffin of Exotic’s music career is Johnson himself, who revealed to the magazine that he was hired by the zookeeper to write songs for him but “had no idea he was going to Milli Vanilli the songs.” In an email, Johnson writes that he finally discovered that Exotic was “lip-syncing and acting like the ghost of Elvis [in these music videos]. I called him up, I was hot…And he bamboozled me about his reality show—that it was coming soon and he would make everything right as rain. I just wanted the proper credit.”

Is there going to be a second season?

From 2014 to weeks into 2020, directors Rebecca Chaiklin and Eric Goode cameras followed Exotic and Baskin, who were already legally embroiled with each other, and watched in real time as it escalated into something much, much darker. So, it’s not surprising that there’s more to this story. 

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Chaiklin teases there may be more to come. “We have a crazy amount of footage and it’s a story that’s still unfolding,” she says. “We’re not sure yet, but there could be a follow-up on this story because there’s a lot that’s still unfolding in it, and it’ll be just as dramatic and just as colorful as what has unfolded these past few years.”

Is there going to be a scripted version? 

As soon as anyone watches the docuseries, it’s hard not to imagine it as a limited TV series or even a movie, and start coming up with ideas of who could portray Exotic, Baskin and the others. The internet has a few ideas, including a few we put together as well as some from Dax Shepard and Edward Norton, but it seems Kate McKinnon has beat us all to the punch.

ET has learned that the Saturday Night Live actress will star as Baskin in a limited series adaptation of the Wondery podcast. The project is in development at Universal Content Productions, but no network is currently attached. (McKinnon, meanwhile, is set to star in The Dropout, a Hulu series about another true-crime fascination, Elizabeth Holmes.)  

 

ET has reached out to Netflix and the filmmakers for more information.  

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Disney Plus tipped to release Buffy The Vampire Slayer on new streaming service

Disney Plus has seemingly hinted that it is about to release the iconic 90s show Buffy The Vampire Slayer to its new streaming service.

In its battle to take over the king of streaming services against Netflix and NowTV, Disney Plus is reportedly seeking fans' approval on the iconic show.

Then American television series, created by writer and director Joss Whedon, aired from 1997–2003.

It featured the exploits of the Slayer, Buffy Summers and her group of friends, the Scooby Gang, as they protected Sunnydale from vampires, demons, and the forces of darkness.

And according to one Disney Plus streamer the new streaming hit has its eyes on Buffy.

One subscriber has claimed that the billion dollar company has sent out emails to its streamers asking them if they would watch Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

Buffy's main lead was Sarah Michelle Gellar as 'slayer' Buffy Summers, she also is best known for starring as Daphne in Scooby Doo.

Taking to Twitter, the subscriber shared a screen shot of the alleged email which asked fans if they would watch the show and Firefly.

The email asked its viewers to rate their interest on a five-point scale from "would you watch" to "wouldn't watch".

Other shows listed were Modern Family, Malcolm In The Middle and Blackish.

Rushing to give their opinions the comments were flooded with appraise from fans keen for the show to go on Disney Plus.

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One said: "Look, I use Netflix – and it’s good. I use Disney+ – and it’s good.

"But I will SELL MY SOUL to the first streaming service that allows me to watch Buffy and that is a threat."

Another tweeted: "Buffy and Firefly both in the same sentence – I'm all over this."

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‘Little Britain’: Matt Lucas Says He’s Talking To Netflix About Reviving The Iconic UK Sketch Show

Matt Lucas and David Walliams, the creators and stars of the BBC sketch show Little Britain, have held talks with Netflix about rebooting the comedy more than 14 years after the last episode aired on British television.

In an interview with BBC Radio 2 on Friday, Lucas — who has gone on to star in features including Bridesmaids — said he and Walliams sat down with Netflix and there is a chance they could make further episodes for the streamer.

“It might happen. We had a conversation with them a while ago and so the seed was planted in our head. We’d love to bring it back in some way and at some point. We’re both quite busy boys, but we’re speaking often and one idea was to maybe do a stage show of it again,” he said. “It will come back in some form, we’re just still figuring out what that will be.”

The comments follow a report in British tabloid newspaper The Sun, in which a source claimed that Lucas and Walliams have a telephone meeting with Netflix planned next week and have been offered £3M ($3.6M) to remake the show, which is produced by BBC Studios.

Little Britain ran for three seasons on the BBC in the Noughties, as well as the two-part special Little Britain Abroad in 2006. It spawned iconic characters including Lucas’ fast-talking Vicky Pollard and Daffyd, known as “the only gay in the village.” Netflix has streamed the show in the UK as part of a library of BBC content.

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'Messiah' Canceled After One Season at Netflix, Actor Wil Traval Says

“It’s a very sad day today,” says Traval, who played Will Mathers on the drama series

The world continues to be upended by the coronavirus pandemic, with more people contracting COVID-19 as the days pass. While many have recovered, some have died from complications of the illness. These are the names of some notable figures from Hollywood and the media  that we have lost.

  • Terrence McNally, a four-time Tony Award-winning playwright, died on March 24 at the age of 81 of complications from the coronavirus. His works included “Master Class,” “Love! Valour! Compassion!” and “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune,” which later became a film with Michelle Pfeiffer and Al Pacino.

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  • Italian actress Lucia Bosè, who starred in such films as Michelangelo Antonioni’s “Story of a Love Affair” (1950) and Juan Antonio Bardem’s “Death of a Cyclist” (1955), died on March 23 of pneumonia after contracting COVID-19, according to the Guardian. She was 89.

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  • Chef Floyd Cardoz, winner of “Top Chef Masters” Season 3, died at the age of 59 of coronavirus complications on March 25.

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  • Mark Blum, who starred in “Desperately Seeking Susan,” “Crocodile Dundee” and the Lifetime/Netflix series “You,” died on March 26 of coronavirus complications. The veteran character actor and regular on New York City stages was 69.

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  • While many celebrities who contracted COVID-19 have recovered, some have died from complications of the illness

    The world continues to be upended by the coronavirus pandemic, with more people contracting COVID-19 as the days pass. While many have recovered, some have died from complications of the illness. These are the names of some notable figures from Hollywood and the media  that we have lost.

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    Netflix Party: How To Stream Movies Online With Friends

    Everyone knows this: the need to socialize is a primal part of human nature, so while the world practices social distancing, it is important to fill that void. Luckily, there is a Google Chrome extension that allows you and your friends to watch Netflix together without having to be in the same room.

    Netflix Party is a simple-to-use extension that allows people to watch something together. You can catch up on what’s happening in your lives in the chat or MST3K/Rifftrax a movie together. So in order to test out Netflix Party, we needed to pick out a movie to watch, and what better movie than Horse Girl, which has a very bizarre trailer. Considering “horsie movies” is already a weird inside joke with the entertainment team, why not watch this movie together?

    After Netflix Party is installed, the person running the party selects a movie on Netflix, then clicks on the “NP” button in your browser, to the right of the address bar. From there, you start the party and get a specific URL to copy and send to your friends. You can also select whether you have control over the movie or if everyone else can. But how does it work?

    As you can see, the chat box pops up on the right side. You can customize your chatroom name and pick from a few avatars. It is very basic, but it brings back a very nostalgic feeling of hanging out in an AOL chatroom–why didn’t any of us write “A/S/L?” The person controlling the party is streaming their Netflix account to the others in the group, so there is a tiny bit of a delay, but that doesn’t really matter in the grand scheme of things since it’s a chatroom.

    The only issue with Netflix Party was finding out how to exit. There’s not button in the chat section to do this. Very quickly, we learned you just exit the movie, and that’s all you need to do. The most obvious answer is the correct one.

    Netflix Party is available now, so you can add it to Chrome and all watch horsie movies together.

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    Viewers are obsessed with the ‘relevant’ horror film The Platform on Netflix

    Everybody is talking about The Platform on Netflix. The Spanish sci-fi horror movie directed by Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia premiered at the 2019 Toronto Film Festival and was so successful that it picked up the People’s Choice Award for Midnight Madness and was eventually acquired by Netflix for a streaming deal, meaning we can now enjoy it in all its glory. But what is the film about? And why has it got everyone talking? We’ve done investigating and here is all you need to know…

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    What is The Platform about?

    The Platform tells the story of a group of inmates confined to a vertical tower-like prison, known as The Hole, who are only fed by a platform of food that descends each level. The system is intended to be fair with everyone taking their equal share of the food, but the inmates further down the tower are hindered by those above who take more than they’re entitled to, leading to many dark and gruesome altercations between the inmates. Those that hoard food are at risk of being fatally overheated or frozen. Sounds intense right?

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    The Platform will have you gripped from start to finish

    The inmates, who are assigned a new level each month, consist of Goreng, at number 48, his cell mate Trimagasi, and Miharu, who descends the tower each month via the platform in search of her daughter. As you can imagine, the film takes many gory and insane twists and turns as cell mates turn on each other in the battle for survival.

     

    Why is everybody talking about The Platform?

    Apart from being a gripping yet horrifying watch, many have commented on the films metaphorical messaging on subjects such as capitalism, the class system, and even the current coronavirus pandemic. Netflix themselves summarise the film as a “twisted social allegory about mankind at its darkest and hungriest.” Without revealing any spoilers, the twist at the end has also provided a major talking point – the perfect excuse to give it a watch and find out for yourself.

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    The film has got everybody talking

    What else is there to know about The Platform?

    Thanks to its intriguing plot and gruesome moments, viewers have been taking to social media to give their verdict on the film. One person tweeted: “I can’t believe The Platform was only 1hr 35 minutes. It felt like 2 – 3 hours simply because of how heavy, gruesome, irky and painful it is to watch. It was torture and I couldn’t blink for fear that I would miss a second. #ThePlatform #ThePlatformNetflix.” High praise indeed!

    Another wrote: “Just finished watching #ThePlatform in Netflix and I’m wrecked and… I need to lie down. You know it’s a good one when it’s that impactful. It was extreme and hard to watch but has a relevant message apt in these desperate times. 12/10 highly recommended.” While one person simply stated: “One if the best movies i have seen, artistic and intelligent. #ThePlatform.”

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