Syfy’s original Sharknado was a social-media hit when it debuted last summer (though not necessarily a ratings smash, interestingly enough; more people seemed to snark about the film on Twitter than perhaps watched it). Naturally, then, there is now a sequel, which — after soliciting entries for a subtitle from fans via Twitter — Syfy and production company The Asylum have called, somewhat pedestrianly, Sharknado 2: The Second One. (A Sharknado 3 is also already in the works, set to debut in summer 2015, so Syfy is really going to ride this franchise until it jumps the shark, which may be hard to do with such an already outrageous premise.)
Sharknado 2 will air as part of Syfy’s “Sharknado Week,” July 26-Aug. 2. Highlights of Sharknado Week include Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark (another film from The Asylum, airing July 26 at 9pm); a documentary special called Sharkmania: The Top 15 Biggest Baddest Bloodiest Bites, which looks at the greatest shark movie bites of all time (July 27 at 9pm); Sharknado 2 (July 30 at 9pm, with a special “tweet-peat” version on Aug. 2); and the latest Roger Corman epic, wonderfully titled Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda (Aug. 2 at 9pm; and you guessed it, one creature is half pteradactyl, half barracuda).
In Sharknado 2, Ian Ziering and Tara Reid reprise their roles from the first film as Fin and April. This time, they find themselves having to save New York City from a Sharknado when a freak weather system starts dropping the killer fish from the skies to attack the Big Apple’s residents and iconic landmarks.
Vivica A. Fox, Mark McGrath, Kari Wuhrer and Judah Friedlander costar, and apparently the first movie was hot enough to enlist the appearance of a number of celebrity guest stars in this one. Look for cameos from Kelly Osbourne, Judd Hirsch, Perez Hilton, Matt Lauer, Al Roker, Andy Dick, Robert Klein, Sandra “Pepa” Denton, Biz Markie, Downtown Julie Brown, Richard Kind and Kurt Angle, among others.
Sharknado 2: The Second One premieres July 30 at 9pm ET/PT on Syfy.
Sharknado 2 photo: Will Hart/Syfy