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True crime hit Tiger King to return to Netflix for second series

Tiger King (Netflix/PA)
Tiger King (Netflix/PA)

Netflix’s wildly successful Tiger King is returning for a second series later this year.

The first season of the documentary series told the story of eccentric wildlife breeder Joe Exotic, who was later jailed for plotting the murder of an animal rights activist.

The streaming giant has confirmed that the show will return for “more madness and mayhem” in Tiger King 2.

The directors from the original seven-part series Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem And Madness, Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin, are returning to direct the new instalment.

The real crime series became a global hit, with 64 million households streaming it within the first four weeks of its March 2020 premiere.

An aftershow episode, titled The Tiger King And I, was later added to the streaming service in April 2020.

It was hosted by comedian Joel McHale, and included interviews with stars from the show including John Reinke, Joshua Dial, John Finlay, Saff, Erik Cowie, Rick Kirkman, and Jeff and Lauren Lowe.

The series follows eccentric animal park owner Exotic, real name Joseph Maldonado-Passage, and other big cat breeders in the US, as well as the industry’s bizarre underworld.

It proved hugely popular and attracted an army of celebrity fans, many of whom dressed up as Exotic.

Exotic was sentenced in January 2020 to 22 years in federal prison after being convicted of trying to hire two different men to kill animal rights activist Carole Baskin.

In July, a federal appeals court ruled that he should get a shorter prison sentence for his role in the murder-for-hire plot and for violating federal wildlife laws.

A three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver agreed with Maldonado-Passage that the court should have treated them as one conviction at sentencing because they both involved the same goal of killing Baskin.

According to the ruling, the court should have sentenced Maldonado-Passage to somewhere between 17 and a half years and just under 22 years in prison, rather than between just under 22 years and 27 years in prison.

The court ordered the trial court to re-sentence Maldonado-Passage.

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