“Saturday Night Live” star Kate McKinnon is set to star in a forthcoming television adaptation of the podcast Over My Dead Body. The show is set to become the latest Wondery-created show heading for the small screen. The TV series will be retitled “Joe Exotic” and tell the story of Carole Baskin, the owner of a big cat sanctuary in Florida and her messy and dramatic feud with Joe “Exotic” Shreibvogel, an Oklahoma man who has devoted his life to raising and breeding lions, tigers, and other exotic animals at his Oklahoma zoo.
The television show will be produced by NBCUniversal-owned Universal Content Productions, which earlier adapted podcasts for TV, including Wondery’s Dirty John into a series for Bravo and Gimlet Media’s Homecoming into an Amazon Prime Video series. It currently is in production on the adaptation of Wondery’s Dr. Death for NBCUniversal’s new streaming video service Peacock.
Wondery CEO Hernan Lopez and Chief Content Officer Marshall Lewy will serve as executive producers on “Joe Exotic” alongside McKinnon. Both Wondery and McKinnon are repped by UTA. The show is said to still be in its early stages and Universal Content Productions has not yet said where the TV series will air.
“Joe Exotic” will be McKinnon’s second podcast- inspired project. She is also starring in the Hulu adaptation of the ABC News documentary podcast The Dropout, which tells the story of Silicon Valley executive Elizabeth Holmes and her technology company Theranos. Disney-owned Fox Searchlight is producing the TV series. No premiere date has been announced.