Even Netflix's TV Rivals Are Capitalizing on Tiger King's Surprise Success

From specials to sketches, the docuseries is giving programmers ammunition during the COVID-19 crisis

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It’s not just Netflix that’s benefiting from the unexpected success of its docuseries Tiger King.

The whole TV entertainment ecosystem, including NBC’s sketch comedy mainstay Saturday Night Live, Comedy Central comedians and broadcasters like Fox, is creating programming inspired by the runaway hit. Tiger King, which follows the bizarre world of big-cat enthusiasts like Joe Exotic and his long-standing feud with animal rights activist Carole Baskin, first premiered on Netflix less than a month ago.

Fox is the latest TV programmer to take advantage of the show’s buzz.



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