2:54pm PT by Rick Porter
Fox to Air 'Tiger King' Special Produced by TMZ
Fox is jumping on the Tiger King bandwagon with a quickie special from TMZ delving into the subjects of the Netflix docuseries.
The hourlong special, titled TMZ Investigates: Tiger King — What Really Went Down?, will feature TMZ head Harvey Levin, interviews with people connected to the case of Joseph Maldonado-Passage, aka Joe Exotic, and "never-before-seen footage." It is set to air Monday.
Fox and TMZ say the special will explore some questions left unanswered in Netflix's breakout docuseries, including whether lead figure Joe Exotic is "really guilty" of the murder-for-hire plot of which he was convicted, a look at the disappearance of animal activist Carole Baskin's former husband and the status of a newly reopened investigation into that disappearance.
The show is the second TMZ-produced special Fox has aired in recent months. A January hour on the British royal family split drew 3.3 million viewers and a 0.5 rating in the key ad demographic of adults 18-49.
Fox will be first to air with its Tiger King piggyback, but it's not the only network looking to piggyback on the phenomenon. Cable network ID is set to air a series called Investigating the Strange World of Joe Exotic later in the year.
Tiger King has been a word-of-mouth hit for Netflix, averaging 19 million U.S. viewers over its first 10 days of release, according to Nielsen figures (which the streamer says aren't entirely accurate). More than 34 million people in the U.S. watched at least a few minutes of the series over that span.