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Tulsa continues pop culture dominance over OKC with new Sylvester Stallone series…

12:57 PM EST on February 17, 2022

When it comes to the boring, tired, and still interest-generating OKC vs. Tulsa debate, you definitely have to give Oklahoma's Second-City the nod when it comes to TV and pop culture notoriety. In fact, it's not even close.

For example, Tulsa has been the setting for Watchmen, The Outsiders, Rumblefish, the short-lived Rodney, and lots of other forgettable movies and sitcoms, whereas Oklahoma City has what? Saving Grace? Street Outlaws?? Sweet Home Oklahoma???

Yeah, I forgot that happened.

Anyway, it looks like Tulsa's dominance over OKC in this category won't be ending anytime soon.

Earlier this week, word came out that Sylvester Stallone is going to star in a series called Tulsa King – a totally original fish-out-of-water story about a mafia guy who relocates to Tulsa after serving time in jail and then opens a tiger zoo and mercantile on the outskirts of town.

Okay, I may have made half of that up. It actually just sounds like your typical boring mafia show. Via KTUL:

Sylvester Stallone is set to star in a drama about a New York mafioso sent to Tulsa.

Production on Stallone’s "Tulsa King" is set to begin next month, and the show is slated to debut on the streaming service Paramount+ this fall, according to multiple media reports.

Stallone says his character took the fall for his bosses, spent 25 years in prison, and then gets sent to Tulsa to start a new life and new gang to earn for his mob family.

For what it's worth, the series was originally supposed to be set in Kansas City, but with Oklahoma now being a hot-spot destination in the national lexicon thanks to Joe Exotic, I bet they moved it here and snuck "King" into the title to trick people into watching. Let's be honest, that's probably what it takes to get anyone to watch anything starring Sly Stalone that doesn't involve boxing or shooting a machine gun in the jungle.

Then again, maybe this is just karmic retribution for Oklahoma Joe's BBQ changing its name to Joe's Kansas City BBQ. That's also a possibility.

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