'Tiger King 2' is coming to Netflix, and it promises 'more madness and mayhem'

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Hey all you cool cats and kittens, the show that captivated the country just as the COVID-19 pandemic began is roaring back: Thursday, Netflix announced an upcoming "Tiger King 2."

The first season of the series, "Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness," follows the story of Joseph "Joe Exotic" Maldonado-Passage, his tigers and other big cats at his Tiger King Park in Oklahoma.

It also documents Maldonado-Passage being sentenced to 22 years in federal prison after being convicted of attempting to hire someone to kill Carole Baskin, a fellow exotic animal park owner who consistently lobbied for Maldonado-Passage's park to be shut down.

The show, which premiered on Netflix on March 20, 2020, was viewed in 64 million households in the first four weeks after its premiere, according to Netflix. "Tiger King 2," directed once again by Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin, will feature even "more madness and mayhem," Netflix says.

The season's release date was not announced.

In a video released as part of other true crime shows Netflix will be streaming, clips from the season appear to show Baskin walking inside the U.S. Capitol, Maldonado-Passage on the phone in prison and a billboard asking who killed Don Lewis, the founder of Big Cat Rescue and husband of Baskin, who mysteriously disappeared in 1997.

The cult-phenomenon has continuously made headlines months after its release. Last year, Maldonado-Passage wrote a letter to then-President Donald Trump asking to be pardoned. In July, a federal appeals court ruled Maldonado-Passage should receive a shorter prison sentence of 17½ years rather than 22 years. A tell-all book is also set to be released in November.

As for the Tiger King Park, it no longer exists. All the big cats at the park were taken by federal officials in May, with the remaining animals there seized in August.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Tiger King 2 announced by Netflix; Joe Exotic, Carole Baskin to return

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