Kate McKinnon Is at Her Kate McKinnon-est in the “Joe vs. Carole” Trailer

I have never seen Tiger King, nor do I ever plan to see Tiger King, because I cannot stand to see animals in pain. I guess that means I have something in common with Carole Baskin because based on the one thing I know about her from watching Kate McKinnon in this new Joe vs. Carole trailer, she too is a crazy cat lady? Although she has Florida cat lady vibes which are completely different from Georgia cat lady vibes, which is what I have. Anyway, the trailer for Peacock’s new limited drama series dropped just now and it is both a hoot and a spectacle and that’s how you know it’s a Kate McKinnon project!

This makes the fictional Carole Baskin the third gayest fictional Carol after Carol Aird and Carol Danvers.

Here’s the official description of the series: “Based on the Wondery podcast Joe Exotic: Tiger King, hosted and reported by Robert Moor, the limited series will center on Carole Baskin, a big cat enthusiast, who learns that fellow exotic animal lover Joe ‘Exotic’ Schreibvogel is breeding and using his big cats for profit. She sets out to shut down his venture, inciting a quickly escalating rivalry. But Carole has a checkered past of her own and when the claws come out, Joe will stop at nothing to expose what he sees as her hypocrisy. The results prove dangerous.”

Also, Joe Exotic was recently sentenced to 21 years in prison, so I guess we know who wins this one?

All episodes of Joe vs. Carole will premiere on Peacock on Thursday, March 3.

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Heather Hogan

Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle senior editor who lives in New York City with her wife, Stacy, and their cackle of rescued pets. She's a member of the Television Critics Association, GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, and a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer critic. You can also find her on Twitter and Instagram.

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  1. i was happy going through knowing nothing about the tiger people and being terrible. but Heather says Kate McKinnon is katemckinnoning so i’m obliged to witness. the trailer, anyway.

  2. My hopes were raised with your first sentence because I was curious about this but also cannot stand to watch animals in pain, and then dashed as I realized it’s showing on yet another American streaming service I can’t access. *resigned Canadian sigh*

  3. I dunno. On the one hand, Kate McKinnon. On the other, the whole Tiger King discourse was about walking past no less than three skeevy guys to point a finger at the nice lady who was trying to save the big kitties because her even skeevier former husband disappeared.(At least TK2 reluctantly admitted that Don Lewis was involved in all sorts of shady stuff, possibly including money laundering and pimping child prostitutes in Costa Rica.) Joe Exotic was just resentenced to finish out his original sentence; good riddance.

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