Netflix announced a second season of the documentary series “Tiger King,” a wild deep dive into the dealings of big cat connoisseur Joe Exotic that captured they eyes of 34 million viewers in its first 10 days during the initial lockdown period of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020.
Called “Tiger King 2,” the new season is set to debut sometime this year, according to a Netflix release.
Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, will return for the new season from prison, where he is serving a 22-year-sentence for a murder-for-hire plot on Carole Baskin, an animal rights activist, and for violating the Endangered Species Act.
A video announcement also teased follow ups to the lives of several major characters featured in the first season, like Jeff Lowe, the proprietor of Exotic’s former zoo, and Baskin, Exotic’s nemesis who was rumored on the show to have allegedly killed her former husband Don Lewis.
“Tiger King” was a breakout hit of the initial coronavirus quarantine, with 64 million viewers turning in during the first month of its debut. The upcoming season has plenty of new material to focus on. Baskin, who runs her own sanctuary for lions and tigers, went on to compete on “Dancing with the Stars.” In 2020, Lowe lost his license to exhibit animals to the public and in May of this year the Department of Justice seized 69 animals from his property, the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park. Erik Cowie, an animal caretaker featured on the show, was recently found dead in Brooklyn. Though Exotic is still in prison, he recently launched a cannabis brand with “The Wonder Years” actor Jason Hervey. The former zookeeper had expected to be pardoned by former President Trump when he left office, and was so confident about the decision his team “had readied a celebratory limousine and a hair and wardrobe team,” the AP reported.
“Tiger King 2” is part of a slate of true-crime and con artist focused works set to be released in the next year on the streaming service. New movie “The Tinder Swindler,” is about “a prolific conman who posed as a billionaire playboy on Tinder,” and will premiere in February of 2022. “Trust No One: The Hunt for the Crypto King,” which will premiere sometime next year, follows “a group of investors turned sleuths as they try to unlock the suspicious death of cryptocurrency multimillionaire Gerry Cotten and the missing $250 million they believe he stole from them.”