Discovery+ preps unscripted projects featuring Carole Baskin and Kesha

Discovery+ has unveiled details for a trio of upcoming unscripted series that feature celebrities at the center of popular genres: the docuseries Carole Baskin’s Cage Fight, the real estate series Kendra ...
October 14, 2021

Discovery+ has unveiled details for a trio of upcoming unscripted series that feature celebrities at the center of popular genres: the docuseries Carole Baskin’s Cage Fight, the real estate series Kendra Sells Hollywood and the paranormal series Conjuring Kesha (w/t).

Carole Baskin’s Cage Fight will premiere on the streaming service on Nov. 13. A big cat activist and business owner, Baskin received international attention after Netflix’s Tiger King series last year, which documented the long-running dispute between Baskin and Joe Exotic (aka Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage). Baskin had publicly criticized Exotic’s zoo business and the treatment of the animals there, with the feud escalating to the point where Exotic was convicted in 2020 of an attempt to hire someone to kill Baskin.

Baskin was awarded the property formerly belonging to Exotic, but sold it in late August.

The new series aims to show a different side to Baskin, who with the help of retired homicide detective Griff Garrison, investigates the G.W. Zoo out of Wynnewood, OK, previously ran by Joe Exotic, to find evidence of animal trafficking and abuse treatment. Baskin also enlists the help of Joe Exotic’s niece Chealsi, who worked at the zoo.

The series comes from ITV America’s Thinkfactory Media.

“This is a unique opportunity for audiences to come ‘behind the scenes’ with us for an unfiltered look at how we expose the cub-petting exploiters and roadside zoos we feel are mistreating animals. This is our real-life work within a dangerous world, and viewers will see it comes with our people being threatened, guns pointed at us and the bad guys shooting at our drones,” Baskin said in a statement.

Baskin’s investigators and Big Cat Rescue volunteers also launch missions to capture evidence of illegal zoo tours and animal abuse at roadside zoos, discovering evidence of animal trafficking.

Carole and Howard Baskin serve as executive producers on the series along with Adam Reed, Adam Freeman, Tim Cohen-Laurie and Pat McGee. Keith Hoffman and Joseph Schneier also serve as executive producers for Discovery+.

Kendra Sells Hollywood follows reality TV star and former Playboy Playmate Kendra Wilkinson, now a licensed real estate agent, as she begins her new career with LA-based real estate firm Douglas Elliman. The newcomer to the real estate business is forced to navigate Hollywood’s competitive real estate scene while parenting her two children.

The series is produced by Bodega Pictures, and will premiere on Discovery+ on November 17. Benjamin Nurick, Joshua Ackerman and Kristy Wampole serve as executive producers on the series.

Hitting the streaming service in 2022 is Conjuring Kesha (pictured), which features the Grammy-nominated global pop star as she continues to explore her fascination with the supernatural, expanding on her Kesha and the Creepies podcast.

The 6 x 60-minute series follows Kesha as she checks off her “creepy bucket list” by delving into the unknown with celebrity guests and experts in the supernatural. At the heart of it all is her curiosity, which drives the show forward as she and her friends travel to various locations in the search for the unexplainable.

Conjuring Kesha is produced by Grandma’s House Entertainment for Discovery+. Executive producers are Kesha, Dan Newmark and Ben Newmark of Grandma’s House Entertainment, Jack Rovner, Lagan Sebert of Magic Seed and Elaine White. French Horwitz is the executive producer for Discovery+.

“We are huge fans of Kesha’s supernatural podcast, and we are excited to partner with her to turn her love of all things unexplained into a new series,” said Matthew Butler, general manager, Travel Channel & paranormal streaming content, in a release. “We know her natural inquisitive nature and sense of adventure will radiate off the screen and we can’t wait to see her — and her famous friends — in action.”

With files from Andrew Jeffrey

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