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'Sharknado 2' becomes Syfy's most watched original movie

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Sharknadoes might not be good for humankind, but they’re definitely good for ratings: 3.9 million viewers tuned in to Syfy Wednesday night to watch the premiere of Sharknado 2.

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Syfy announces 'Sharknado Week' around 'Sharknado 2' premiere

As Tracy Jordan once said on 30 Rock: Live every week like it’s Shark Week.

Syfy seems to be taking that maxim to heart, announcing its own Shark Week of sorts (Sorry, Discovery), pegged to the upcoming release of Sharknado 2: The Second One. Sharknado 2, is, of course, a sequel to last year’s super-buzzy, low-budget television movie, Sharknado.

“Sharknado Week” will air July 26 through August 2; Sharknado 2 premieres Wed. July 30. Also in the programming block? Roger Corman’s Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda (August 2), Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark (July 26), and Sharkmania: The Top 15 Biggest Baddest Bloodiest Bites (July 27). READ FULL STORY

'Blood Lake' trailer: See Shannen Doherty menaced by killer lampreys -- EXCLUSIVE

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It’s now official that pretty much any sea creature can be turned into an unstoppable B-movie killing machine. In Animal Planet’s upcoming Blood Lake, killer lampreys are on the loose, and only Shannen Doherty (90210) and Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future) can stop them. The first trailer is below.

Now I suspect many of you are wondering: What is a lamprey, exactly? I wasn’t sure myself, I only knew it was something like an eel. Once I read the Wiki entry I realized this is actually a pretty nightmarish-sounding fish: It’s described as jawless, and “the adult of which is characterized by a toothed, funnel-like sucking mouth,” and that some species of lampreys “bore into other fish to suck their blood.” That’s definitely creature-feature worthy.

Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys is from The Asylum, which are the same producers who brought you Sharknado. From a branding perspective, it’s interesting to see Animal Planet verge into Syfy’s movie turf. The premiere is part of the network’s Monster Week, a 9-day programming event that kicks off May 18, with Blood Lake airing on Sunday, May 25. It also includes episodes of Animal Planet’s River Monsters and Nature’s Most Wanted. Check out the Blood Lake trailer: READ FULL STORY

'Sharknado 2' filmmakers crowdfunding for bonus scene: 'It will involve chainsaws'

If you’re hoping for a Sharknado 2 chainsaw scene to rival the grand finale of the original film, you’re going to have to help pay for it.

The Asylum — the studio behind the gloriously cheesy Syfy hit Sharknado and its upcoming sequel, Sharknado 2: The Second One — is asking fans to raise $50,000 via IndieGoGo to film a “bonus scene” that they promise will involve “sharks, chainsaws, and chainsaws being used in the vicinity of sharks.”

Here’s their pitch: “You guys made Sharknado the most culturally relevant film of last year. Now we want you to be able to say that this time, you actually had a hand in making the film. You’re welcome!”

In the campaign video below, producer David Latt tells potential contributors that the scene will only be shot if the studio reaches its $50k goal. Only donors will be privy to what the scene is (until someone inevitably leaks the details online) and receive behind-the-scenes video and diaries from the set. Perks at different pledge levels include “sponsoring” a shark in the film ($45) recording a scream to be used in the film ($120), and receiving a walk-on role plus credits ($5,000). READ FULL STORY

'Sharknado 2' gets July premiere date

Sharknado fans, you only have to wait five short months for the sequel. Syfy confirmed to EW that Sharknado 2: The Second One will premiere on July 31 at 9 pm ET.

The movie features kind-of stars like Tara Reid, Kelly Osbourne, and Judah Friedlander as they struggle through a massive storm system that wreaks havoc on New York City — and results in the second dreaded Sharknado. So, a bit like The Day After Tomorrow… except marine-themed. And without Jake Gyllenhaal. But it does costar Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath, so that’s something to look forward to.

'Sharknado' sequel adds Mark McGrath, Kelly Osbourne, Andy Dick and more

The Sharknado sequel may just have a soundtrack by Sugar Ray.

SyFy announced Thursday that Mark McGrath, Kelly Osbourne, Judd Hirsch, Andy Dick, Judah Friedlander, and Vivica A. Fox will all appear in Sharknado 2: The Second One. Osbourne will portray a flight attendant; Dick will play a New York City police officer. Friedlander will play the character of Brian, while Hirsch will be a cab driver (duh) named Ben. McGrath will play Ben’s brother-in-law and Fox will portray Skye, an old high school friend of Fin (the returning Ian Ziering). Don’t worry: Tara Reid will be returning as well.

In a press release announcing the casting news, this is the plot description given: “A freak weather system turns its deadly fury on New York City, unleashing a Sharknado on the population and its most cherished, iconic sites.”

One can only hope that, once again, someone chainsaws their way out of a shark — maybe this time while standing on top of the Empire State Building?

Best of 2013 (Behind the Scenes): How a 'Sharknado' happens

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On Saturday, July 11, a perfect storm hit Twitter in the form of Syfy’s original movie Sharknado, an L.A.-set “unnatural disaster” creature feature starring Beverly Hills 90210‘s Ian Ziering and American Pie‘s Tara Reid. With 387,000 total tweets, the film came within 2,500 tweets of tying Game of Thrones‘ “Red Wedding” episode. Here, Syfy’s EVP of Programming and Original Movies, Thomas Vitale —  who’s in the midst of developing a New York-set sequel to air in summer 2014 — explains how the phenomenon happened. And people still want to know: Vitale apologized for phoning EW late because, “I had a movie producer in here saying, ‘How can I make you a Sharknado?’ That’s a fact, those exact words,” he said. “‘We want to make your next Sharknado.'” Read more stories behind this year’s top TV and top movie moments throughout the month of December.

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'Sharknado' sequel title revealed -- EXCLUSIVE

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The Twitter-verse has spoken. And Syfy listened.

The cable channel asked fans to pitch names for the Sharknado sequel.

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'Sharknado' producer: Tara Reid isn't fired from sequel

Never fear, Sharknado/decade-old American Pie fans: Tara Reid hasn’t been thrown overboard just yet.

There was a TMZ report over the weekend that claimed Reid would not be asked back for the buzzy Sharknado sequel, but Asylum executive David Latt, which produced the Twitter-friendly television movie alongside Syfy, tells EW that couldn’t be further from the truth, and he has no idea where the report came from.

Stressing that Reid was great on set, he emphasized that everything was on the table right now with respect to casting for the yet-untitled New York-set sequel, and Reid certainly hasn’t been fired. “We talked the storyline through, and there are no restrictions,” he explained about the early meetings for part two. “So it could be the family that goes over, it could be a prequel before Ian [Ziering]‘s family was involved in it. It could be 10 years in the future. … There are so many possibilities. So if the story lends itself to the original actors being in part two, hopefully they’re available and hopefully they won’t charge us too much [Laughs] and hopefully they’ll be in it.”
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'Sharknado' star Cassie Scerbo: 'My number one fear is sharks!'

You might know her better as a blonde gymnast from ABC Family’s Make It or Break It, but after Thursday’s premiere of Sharknado, this newly brunette tomboy has even more plans after the Syfy monster flick made waves on social media. Sharknado may just be the beginning for the leading lady. Called the “next Lara Croft” by numerous Twitter admirers and “Lovely Lady of the Day” by Sports Illustrated, her action chick performance as Nova has fans waiting to see where she ends up next. Cassie chatted with EW about the original movie title we didn’t know about, carrying shotguns on the 405, and a possible sequel for the shark attack shlock. READ FULL STORY

How did 'Sharknado' get its bite? A Syfy exec speaks

Admit it: Like everyone else, you’re currently obsessed with Sharknado. Syfy’s latest so-bad-it’s-amazing disaster flick is a social media marvel that brought in 5,000 tweets per minute last night — and though its first air is long over, excitement about the movie hasn’t died down quite yet.

Even Syfy senior vice president Craig Engler was shocked by the amount of attention Sharknado attracted last night — though on second thought, he understands the movie’s inescapable pull. “You put sharks in a tornado, and then you apparently have gold,” he explained to Dalton Ross and Jessica Shaw on EW’s Sirius station this morning.

For more on the movie, the reaction, which big-name writer wants in for the sequel, and which wacky hybrid movies could be on the horizon next — Taranchalanche, anyone? — check out this clip from the radio show.

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