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Sharknado 2: The Second One Premieres Tonight

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Sharknado 2: The Second One Premieres Tonight
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Sharknado 2's about to strike Manhattan, New York City. Find out how to survive SyFy's latest monster movie.

Sharknado's baaaaaaack.

Who needs Jaws when you've got a collection of man-eating sharks flying through the air?

Asylum's unexpected social media hit completely surprised fans, employees, and the world in general. Sharknado trended on Twitter and pretty much cemented Sharknado 2: The Second One's existence.

And somehow managed to revive Ian Ziering and Tara Reid's careers in the single two-hour event. Former Sugar Ray singer and Extra host Mark McGrath may be hoping for a similar fate this time. Not to mention Vivica A. Fox's ability to hold off an apocalypse without aliens.

But what's Sharknado 2 supposed to bring…or be about?

Well, SyFy posted a 3-minute teaser clip last month that implies Fin (Ziering) and April (Ried) managed to get back together, but may be a little rocky in their marriage after all.

And Fin's not really down for the constant media attention while April's promoting her bestselling memoir about the freak Los Angeles sharknado. April's brother (McGrath) needs rescuing from a Met's game while Fin's sister (Kari Wuhrer) tries to power up like her brother. Of course, it's a weird case of marriage through the in-laws. So very Asylum.

This one's set in New York, though. Well, why not?

According to native New Yorker Thunder Levin, the choice was easy. "It’s the capital of the world."

Levin penned the hit, and spoke to The Verge's Casey Newton all about the experience in "Richard Dreyfuss has never heard of it: talking to the creator of 'Sharknado 2'." Levin tells the journalist that director Anthony Ferrante came up with a co-writer while working on Leprechaun’s Revenge.

A toss away line of "Yeah, we don’t want to be like that town. They never recovered after the sharknado" ended up inspiring the network, director, and later scriptwriter Levin. The idea was to be as campy as possible without insulting the audience or losing the “that you weren’t taking it too seriously let you in on the joke" edge that catapulted the movie into a completely different stratosphere.

And Sharknado 2 absolutely doubles down on the campy. Verne Gay of Newsday proclaims that Sharknado 2 will add "more low-camp, more ineffably awful dialogue, more utterly clueless performances" to create an even better spectacle than last year.

If you can top Steve Sanders chain-sawing his way out of a great white, hand peeking through? Sold!

Levin told Newton that the biggest reason the movie worked was the sheer fun element. "We came along with our silly little movie that was just loads of fun, and we didn’t take it too seriously, and no one else had to take it too seriously to enjoy it." A nice counterpoint to last year's doom and gloom movies—that’s not to say the movie is bright and cheerful.

Shooting in February and March highlighted the stormy, winter weather of New York City and managed to make Sharknado 2 standout and not needing quite so many effects. Of course, he also points out, "It was hell for us."

So cold "the cast’s jaws wouldn’t work right." Which would be horrible for someone that had a lot of lines to speak, right? "They couldn’t speak properly — they sounded like folks who have gone deaf." Ouch!

With no need for exposition, it's a free for all. "We just went with the assumption that people who would be watching this knew what a sharknado was." Which explains Al Roker and Matt Lauer's on-air cameos to New York City.

Plus, there’s that whole NBCUniversal tie-in. The conglomerate owns both SyFy and NBC. And NBCUniversal's known to use their various employees and cast in other shows in cross promotions.

Looks like this time, you've got sharks in studio and sky.

Sharknado 2: The Second One premieres at 9/8 on SyFy.

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