Those who are hoping for more Tiger King have had their wish granted by Investigation Discovery. The network has announced a new special titled Investigating the Strange World of Joe Exotic, which will seek to answer some of the questions viewers of Netflix's hit true crime series were left with. Namely, is Carole Baskin behind the disappearance of her husband?
Tiger King debuted on Netflix on March 20 and has blossomed into a massive pop culture sensation. It has topped the streaming service's top 10 most-watched list for more than two weeks and currently boasts a 91 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. With that, the news of a follow-up, even though it won't be a true sequel to the Netflix docuseries, should come as welcome news to viewers. Henry Schleiff, Group President ID, Travel Channel, American Heroes Channel and Destination America, had this to say in a statement.'Viewers are understandably riveted by Netflix's Tiger King, but the millions of true crime fans around the world were left wanting more. ID is the perfect place to find the inevitable sequel to this drama, featuring a missing husband, a hit man, and the illegal business of exotic animals. It's time to let the cat out of the bag and address the lingering questions that viewers demand be answered.'
The special will focus on Joe Exotic, the private zoo owner at the center of Netflix's Tiger King, as well as Carole Baskin. Heresa McKeown and Colin Whelans serve as executive producers of the special, with Rebecca Sirmons on board as co-executive producer. Investigation Discovery also revealed a description of Investigating the Strange World of Joe Exotic, which reads as follows.'This is the investigation you didn't get to see, revealing the secrets only Joe knows, the exclusive footage that has never been shown and the search to answer the one question every person in America is asking themselves right now: although she's denied it, is Carole Baskin responsible for the disappearance of her husband, Don Lewis? But neither the mystery nor the investigation stops there. What skeletons is Joe still hiding within his untold past? Is his conviction truly justified? Who is Jeff Lowe and what does the FBI really know? What secrets lie hidden within Doc Antle's walls?'
This comes not long after it was revealed by Jeff Lowed that Netflix will be adding a new episode of Tiger King sometime in the next week. The series originally consisted of seven episodes. So it seems that viewers will have quite a bit more to enjoy in the coming weeks until Hollywood gets around to making the inevitable movie or limited series about Joe Exotic.
This shows just how popular the show has become, with celebrities such as Dax Shephard throwing their hats in the ring to play Joe Exotic, when the time comes. Investigation Discovery has not yet revealed a premiere date for Investigating the Strange World of Joe Exotic. We'll be sure to keep you posted as further...
EXCLUSIVE: Top Gear is changing lanes. After being revitalized by a band of new presenters, the motoring show is poised to move from BBC Two to BBC One for the first time in its 18-year modern history.
Deadline can reveal that high-level talks about the switch took place in January and BBC director of content Charlotte Moore decided to elevate Top Gear after being impressed with its performance among young and underserved audiences. The move is yet to be finalized, but it is expected that Season 29 will air on BBC One later this year, with no changes to the show’s editorial direction. The BBC declined to comment.
It’s a sign of the swagger that has returned to the franchise since the arrival of hosts Andrew Flintoff, Chris Harris and Paddy McGuinness last year. The BBC is excited about the chemistry the presenters have developed in a short space of time and there has been enormous relief that the changes have been greeted with warm reviews and a big ratings boost.
Flintoff, Harris and McGuinness’ first season averaged 3.8M viewers last year, some 1.5M ahead of the previous Matt LeBlanc-fronted season. And the show returned in January with 4.2M viewers, which was up on 2018’s premiere. Crucially, the BBC has noted that Top Gear is performing better with young viewers, something it will hope to capitalize on by moving it to BBC One, where it will be exposed to a bigger audience.
The BBC One switch is also a sign that the Jeremy Clarkson years are well in Top Gear‘s rear-view mirror. Clarkson and former executive producer Andy Wilman were always reticent about the show moving to BBC One because they enjoyed being the main event on BBC Two, which has been the program’s home since it launched in its modern format in 2002. “We never went to BBC One, we always wanted to be a big dog on BBC Two,” Wilman told Deadline last year.
Top Gear joins an illustrious list of shows to have made the jump from BBC Two to BBC One. Cult drama Peaky Blinders moved last year and The Great British Bake Off switched in 2014, rising to become the biggest show on British television before it was poached by Channel 4 in 2017.
Top Gear also remains one of the BBC’s most lucrative brands. It will be front and center at the BBC Studios Showcase next week, at which the studio will entertain international buyers, while the National Audit Office remarked in January that the show was important to BBC Studios’ production revenue of £434M $573 in 2018/19.
Though “The Plot Against America” took its time to get going, it’s full steam ahead for David Simon’s Philip Roth adaptation by Episode 4 — but to what end? With just two episodes to go, the drama has certainly flared up: The Levin familial bonds are being pushed to the brink as Sandy falls increasingly under Lindbergh’s spell, with the help of Aunt Evelyn and her new boyfriend Rabbi Bengelsdorf. The lines have been drawn, and it’s not looking good for either side. While this was by far the most exciting episode so far, it still feels as though Simon is obligingly following Roth’s outline rather than forging his own path.
In both the novel and the series “The Plot Against America,” there’s an unmentioned but implicit rhetorical question reaching out from beyond the page and screen. To borrow from the musical “Cabaret,” one of the only pieces of pop culture to artfully grapple with this unthinkable dilemma: What would you do? If a fascist were elected president of your country, if your sister started dating one of his shills, if your son was secretly sketching his visage by flashlight — how would you behave? Would you flee to Canada, organize the resistance, or stick your head in the sand and hope for the best?
The fourth episode hones in on these questions with laser-like precision, enjoying the fruits of the preceding three episodes that felt, both in retrospect and in real time, mostly like set-up. Having returned from his “Just Folks” adventure in Kentucky, a Hitler Youth-esque recruiting tool of Rabbi Bengelsdorf’s John Turturro design, Sandy has quite literally become the poster child for assimilationist Jews. Evelyn Winona Ryder proudly features him in a brochure for the program, against Bess’ Zoe Kazan wishes.
Sandy’s transformation has been building since the pilot episode, which ended with him surreptitiously sketching Charles Lindbergh from of a newspaper clipping. Having planted the seeds deliberately, the show earns its most uncomfortable moment so far when Sandy spits at his parents, calling them “ghetto Jews — narrow-minded ghetto Jews.” His transformation is complete. When Bess slaps him across the face, it’s hard not to let out a silent cheer. Your Jewish firstborn becoming a Nazi sympathizer may be the rare instance when a kid deserves a good wallop.
Less effective is a Shabbas dinner argument between Herman Morgan Spector and Bengelsdorf, where Herman puts aside any last shred of civility to tell the Rabbi what he really thinks of his man Lindbergh. Maybe it’s the fact that only the men are talking while the women make sidelong glances of...