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Viral Crime Story 'Tiger King' Is Returning For 2nd Netflix Season

Joe Exotic with tiger

More than 60 million households watched the original docuseries in the first four weeks after it was released back in 2020.


Tiger King is getting another installment at Netflix. In a press release on Thursday, the streaming company officially announced that Tiger King 2 will premiere later this year.

Promising "more madness and mayhem," Nextflix's continuation of the immensely popular docuseries Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness will be directed again by Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin. The series will also see executive producers Chris Smith and Fisher Stevens return.

The show chronicled the big cat war between polygamous gay tiger tamer Joe "Exotic" -- real name Joseph Maldonado-Passage. The big cat owner was sentenced to 22 years in prison for a murder-for-hire plan against Carole Baskin, the head of Big Cat Rescue, and for 17 wildlife violations for the killing of five tigers.

A continuation of Tiger King had been long rumored, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In August, a Tiger King sequel selection made its way on the Netflix site before it was removed.

The new season was filmed from 2020 to 2021, reported CNN.

During the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic, Tiger King captivated audiences, bringing in 64 million households in the first four weeks after it premiered on the streaming service in March 2020.

The new chapter in the Tiger King saga was announced along with a host of other Netflix true crime docuseries. "Stories about real crimes have captivated audiences since the dawn of media, from the old days of town criers and tabloids to today's podcasts and social media," Netflix said in the release.

In a video highlighting the upcoming docuseries, footage of Malonado-Passage and Baskin can be seen.

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