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This time, the Big Apple is the target of nature's fury.
This time, the Big Apple is the target of nature's fury.
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"SHARKNADO 2: THE SECOND ONE" from SyFy Films premieres on SyFy Network on Wed., July 30, 2014, 8 p.m. Central.

STARRING: Tara Reid, Ian Ziering, Kari Wuhrer, Courtney Baxter, Kelly Osbourne, Judah Friedlander, Andy Dick, Judd Hirsch, Vivaca A. Fox, Robert Klein, Mark McGrath, Billy Ray Cyrus and Jared Fogle. Cameos by Al Roker and Matt Lauer.

SYNOPSIS: A freak weather system turns its deadly fury on New York City, unleashing a sharknado on the population and its most iconic sites. Only Fin and April can save the Big Apple.

Sharknado premiered last July on SyFy Network as a B-movie with the preposterous storyline of waterspouts that lift sharks out of the ocean and deposit them on land. It was expected to be just another bad SyFy film but it became a phenomenon. It was an unexpected lift in the career of Tara Reid who hasn't had a real hit in ages. The network reprised the broadcast twice to ever increasing viewership and some theaters showed it at special midnight screenings. When SyFy announced there would be a sequel, there was a contest on Twitter to select a title: "Sharknado 2: The Second One". Now, the premiere of that sequel is a scant four days away.

SyFy was able to attract of list of better "stars" for this sequel which is set in New York City. In keeping with the tradition of this genre, these "stars" are actors whose glimmer is fading and serious roles are proving more elusive. Among them is Judd Hirsch as a 'taxi driver', Andy Dick as a cop and even Jared (the Subway sandwich guy) Fogle. Other celebrities will make cameo roles as themselves. This all means that this film will have to be better (or worse, if you will) than the first one to force a third installment.

The thing that makes these movies so much fun is that everyone knows they're bad, including the cast and crew. That's the whole point. They take situations from real life and twist them into severely distorted versions of reality. It really doesn't matter if the science confirms any part of the story. The entire premise is based on the question "What if this happened?" In this case, the question is "What if this happened again?" We'll find out this coming Wednesday.