The ‘Joe Exotic’ series presents his Jeff Lowe
the Exotic Joe (working title) the series is going full steam ahead at Peacock. According to Deadline, the series just launched Dean Winters (Law & Order: Special Victims Assistance Unit) as Jeff Lowe, Joe Exotic’s former business partner turned nemesis. He is joined by Kate Mckinnon, who will assume the role of Carole Baskin; John Cameron Mitchell, who plays the main character.
The NBC-backed limited series based on the Wondery podcast will follow the long-running rivalry between Baskin and Exotic. He promises to focus largely on Carole Baskin (McKinnon), an avid big cat enthusiast, who follows the work of Joe Exotic (born Joe Schreibvogel) after finding out he uses his big cats for profit and raises them. When Baskin (McKinnon) launches a campaign to remove Exotic and its low-budget zoo, chaos ensues as the two exchange slurs and smears on the internet. Once Exotic discovers Baskin’s fragmented past, he launches a counterattack to expose Baskin’s alleged “hypocrisy”.
Ethan Frankel will write the screenplay as part of his overall deal with Universal Studio Group’s UCP. McKinnon will be executive producer alongside Hernan Lopez, Marshall Lewy and Aaron Hart for Wondery. Dennis Quaid as Rick Kirkham, Brian Van Holt as John Reinke, Nat Wolff as Travis Maldonado, Sam Keeley as John Finlay and Lex Mayson as Saff were all previously announced as part of the cast. .
Winters has a long and impressive acting resume. Besides her role as Detective Olivia Benson’s (Mariska Hargitay) longtime boyfriend in Law and order: SVU, he was also seen in 30 Rocky playing Tina Fey’s “Beeper King” boyfriend as well as Save me, American gods, Divorced, Wayne and Brooklyn nine-nine. As for his next act, he will star in an independent feature film Christmas Vs. The Walters. He is also widely recognized for his performance as a “Mayhem” in a number of award-winning Allstate insurance commercials.
Meanwhile, in the real world, Joe and Jeff continue their ongoing feud. From prison, Exotic seeks to clear his name in court of a deranged charge brought against him by Lowe. Lowe previously alleged that Exotic engaged in sexual acts with farm animals at his roadside zoo, but Exotic says that is not the case. Exotic’s attorney claims Lowe made the damaging statements in order to stay relevant after the Netflix documentary faded from popularity.