Twin Peaks' Kyle MacLachlan cast as Howard Baskin in Joe Exotic TV series

MacLachlan will go from the eccentric FBI agent Dale Cooper in Twin Peaks to Carole's even-kneeled and supportive husband in Joe Exotic.


Peacock's limited TV series, Joe Exotic, just got its Howard Baskin character in Golden Globe Award winner and two-time Emmy Awards nominee, Kyle MacLachlan.

Kyle MacLachlan will star alongside Kate McKinnon as the husband of Joe Exotic's arch nemesis, Carole Baskin.

MacLachlan will take on the role of Carole Baskin's even-keeled and supportive husband, who will be played by Kate McKinnon. In addition to his role in Twin Peaks, MacLachlan is also known for his appearance in films and TV shows such as The Flintstones and Desperate Housewives.

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What is the Joe Exotic TV series about?

Netflix's Tiger King was arguably the biggest hit on the streaming platform as the world went into quarantine.

Donning a turquoise sequined shirt and a bleached blonde mullet, Joe Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Allen Schreibvogel, would have stood out either way. Add his multiple husbands and pet tigers, and the face of the Tiger King became an instant sensation.

The Netflix documentary that explored Exotic's zoo and rivalry with Carole Baskin, a big cat rights activist, arrived just at the perfect time. The entire world was looking for a much-needed distraction just as the first few weeks of quarantine were taking place. Since then, multiple producers have teased or announced new film or TV projects that aim to take advantage of the eccentric breeder's popularity.

Fast forward to today and Joe Exotic seems to be the only project that has any chance of ever airing.

The new scripted television series from Peacock will star John Cameron Mitchell as Joe Exotic, opposite Kate McKinnon as Carole Baskin.

Although the show sounds a lot like a dramatized version of the Tiger King documentary, this isn't necessarily the case. According to Deadline, the show will center on Carole and Exotic's feud as Carole sets out to find ways to shut down Exotic's lucrative big cat breeding business, which quickly escalates into a full-on rivalry.

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It remains to be seen just how much Joe Exotic will deviate from Tiger King, but we assume that it will treat audiences to the dramatization of never-before-seen events.

Who are the cast members of Joe Exotic?

The Peacock limited TV series has assembled quite the cast. Here are the confirmed cast members of Joe Exotic so far:

  • Kyle Maclachlan as Howard Baskin
  • Kate McKinnon as Carole Baskin
  • John Cameron Mitchell as Joe Exotic
  • Nat Wolff as Travis Maldonado
  • Brian Van Holt as John Reinke
  • Sam Keeley as John Finlay
  • Dean Winters as Jeff Lowe
  • Lex Mayson as  Saff
  • Joe Marsh Garland as James Garretson
  • William Fichtner as Rick Kirkham

McKinnon will also serve as the executive producer of the TV show along with Wondery's Hernan Lopez, Aaron Hart, Marshall Lewy, as well as Etan Frankel, who will be the writer and executive producer of the Peacock series.

Justin Tipping will direct the pilot and three other episodes.

When will Joe Exotic premiere on Peacock?

There is no confirmed premiere date of Joe Exotic on Peacock just yet. However, if Peacock intends to take advantage of Joe Exotic's now-dwindling fame, the streaming service will need to get things moving soon.

Is the real Tiger King still in Prison?

As multiple spinoff projects and films continue to pop up around his story and name, the real Joe Exotic remains behind bars. He is currently serving a 22-year prison sentence for animal abuse and for the attempted murder-for-hire plot to kill his rival, Carole Baskin. His book, Tiger King: The Official Tell-All Memoir, will be released by Simon & Schuster in November.

According to Variety, Exotic has hired a new legal team as part of his intensified effort to push for an early release.

Ray Ampoloquio
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