Joe Exotic
Created byEtan Frankel
Based on
Over My Dead Body
  • Robert Moor
  • Matthew Shaer
  • Eric Benson
Directed by
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producers
  • Kate McKinnon
  • Etan Frankel
  • Hernan Lopez
  • Marshall Lewy
  • Aaron Hart
  • Alex Katsnelson
Production companies

Joe Exotic is an upcoming American drama streaming limited series starring John Cameron Mitchell, Kate McKinnon, Kyle MacLachlan, Dean Winters, Brian Van Holt, William Fichtner, Nat Wolff, Sam Keeley, Lex Mayson, Joel Marsh Garland, Marlo Kelly, and Aliandra Calabrese. The series was created by Etan Frankel and is set to stream exclusively on Peacock.


The series is based on the second season of Wondery's Over My Dead Body podcast,[1] which follows the criminal case of Joe Exotic, a zookeeper who has been convicted for murder-for-hire.[2][3]






In March 2020, following the commercial success of the Netflix series Tiger King, development started on a limited series adaptation of Carole Baskin's life, headed by Universal Content Productions. It is based on the second season of Wondery's Over My Dead Body podcast, with Kate McKinnon executive-producing and portraying Carole Baskin.[1] The series was expected to air on NBC, Peacock, and USA Network.[4] In May 2021, it was announced that the series would instead be streaming exclusively on Peacock.[5] The series was created by Etan Frankel, who also served as writer and executive producer, while Justin Tipping directed the first four episodes, including the pilot.[6] It was also announced that Natalie Bailey will direct episodes five, six, and seven.[7]


In June 2021, Dean Winters, John Cameron Mitchell, Brian Van Holt, Sam Keeley, Nat Wolff, and Dennis Quaid were cast to portray Jeff Lowe, Joe Exotic, John Reinke, John Finlay, Travis Maldonado, and Rick Kirkham, respectively.[6] In July 2021, William Fichtner replaced Quaid in the role of Kirkham.[8] In the same month, Kyle MacLachlan, Lex Mayson, Joel Marsh Garland, Marlo Kelly, and Aliandra Calabrese joined the series, to portray Howard Baskin, Kelci "Saff" Saffery, James Garretson, Jamie Murdock, and Lauren Lowe respectively.[9][10] In September 2021, Will McNeill, Jack Scott, Jenna Owen, Nic English, Benedict Hardie, Shareena Clanton, Alexandra Jensen, and Anthony Sharpe were revealed to have been added to the supporting cast during production, to portray Tyler, Joshua Dial, Amber, Brian Rhyne, Agent Thomas, Susan, Chealsi, and Erik Cowie, respectively.[7]


Principal photography began in Brisbane, Australia on July 12, 2021.[11] By September 2021, filming also occurred in areas around Queensland, Australia, including Screen Queensland Studios, which doubled for Oklahoma and Florida.[7]


  1. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (March 27, 2020). "'Joe Exotic' UCP Limited Series Starring Kate McKinnon As Carole Baskin Becomes Hot Commodity With Success Of Netflix's 'Tiger King'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 13, 2021.
  2. ^ Desta, Yohana (March 27, 2020). "Yes, Kate McKinnon Is Set to Play Tiger King's Carole Baskin". Vanity Fair. Retrieved November 4, 2021.
  3. ^ Murphy, Chris (March 27, 2020). "Hey, All You Cool Cats and Kittens, Kate McKinnon Is Playing Carole Baskin". Vulture. Retrieved November 4, 2021.
  4. ^ Drysdale, Jennifer (August 25, 2020). "Carole Baskin Series Starring Kate McKinnon Gets Series Order at NBC". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved January 13, 2021.
  5. ^ White, Peter (May 13, 2021). "'Joe Exotic' Series Starring Kate McKinnon To Stream Exclusively On Peacock, NBCU Reverses Cross-Platform Plan". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 24, 2021.
  6. ^ a b Otterson, Joe (June 24, 2021). "'Joe Exotic' Peacock Series Casts Dean Winters as Jeff Lowe". Variety. Retrieved June 24, 2021.
  7. ^ a b c Slatter, Sean (September 8, 2021). "Strong Australian presence in NBCUniversal's 'Joe Exotic' series". IF Magazine. Retrieved November 3, 2021.
  8. ^ Zorrilla, Mónica Marie (July 1, 2021). "Peacock's 'Joe Exotic' Series Replaces Dennis Quaid With William Fichtner as Rick Kirkham". Variety. Retrieved July 1, 2021.
  9. ^ Petski, Denise (July 6, 2021). "'Joe Exotic': Kyle MacLachlan To Play Howard Baskin In Peacock Limited Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 6, 2021.
  10. ^ Petski, Denise (July 21, 2021). "'Joe Exotic': Marlo Kelly Joins Kate McKinnon & John Cameron Mitchell In Peacock Limited Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 24, 2021.
  11. ^ Hirsch, Chelsea (July 12, 2021). "John Cameron Mitchell seen as 'Tiger King' Joe Exotic for the first time". Page Six. Retrieved August 1, 2021.