11:06 AM EDT 07/23/2015
Originally posted 07/31/2014 07:00AM
It doesn't really matter what else happened in the world Wednesday night, because the premiere of Sharknado 2: The Second One took place.
The so-bad-it's-good SyFy Original returned to showcase airborne sharks imperiling Ian Ziering, Tara Reid and a small army of celebs in cameo roles.
Sharknado 2: The Second One is officially the channel's most watched Original: 3.9 million viewers tuned in Wednesday night for the mayhem.
And the film absolutely took over Twitter: It delivered an estimated 1 billion impressions, and held all 10 trending topic slots at one point. There were more mentions of Sharknado on Twitter than #MileyCyrus during the 2013 VMAs, #kimye on that fateful wedding day, and #transformers4, #thelegomovie, #godzillamovie and #22jumpstreet on each of those film's respective premiere dates.
Below are our favorite reactions to the TV movie. Please feel free to add your own comments, or take to Twitter using the hashtag "#Sharknado2TheSecondOne."
Originally posted 07/22/2014 07:40PM
While fans gear up for Sharknado 2: The Second One, Ian Ziering says he's still surprised that the original film became such a hit in the first place.
"Like everyone else out there that's seen Sharknado, I didn't think it was the greatest movie ever," a candid Ziering tells PEOPLE. "But what I was so scared of – people have embraced."
Originally posted 07/02/2014 11:40AM
In this clip from the forthcoming Syfy original movie, Sharknado 2: The Second One, Ian Ziering and Mark McGrath face down a threat considerably more dangerous than a panhandler or persistent busker – a massive shark.
Originally posted 03/28/2014 02:00PM
While Beverly Hills, 90210 inspired endless Brandon-versus-Dylan debates, Ian Ziering has remained a formidable fan favorite since his Peach Pit days.
Originally posted 02/25/2014 03:15PM
After enduring several major snowstorms this winter, New York City is now facing a new severe weather alert – a hail of man-eating sharks!
Sharknado 2: The Second One shot on location in Times Square, and its star, Ian Ziering, treated onlookers Monday to a glimpse of his celebrated chainsaw skills. (In the first TV movie, Ziering, 49, memorably sawed himself out of a shark's belly.)
Although the first Sharknado was a ratings disappointment, it did prove to be a social-media hit, generating up to 5,000 Tweets a minute during the broadcast.
Originally posted 07/29/2013 07:00PM
Tara Reid is more than welcome to take a bite out of the Sharknado sequel.
Despite a report stating otherwise, the buzzed-about SyFy flick's producer David Latt tells The Hollywood Reporter, "Tara is invited back."
And the former American Pie star, 37, confirms on the franchise, Twitter: "Everyone that is saying I got cut, that is not true #liars."
Originally posted 07/13/2013 11:50AM
Sharknado-mania swept social media Thursday night, but outside of the Twitterverse it looks like most people chose not to take the sharkbait.
Recently released Nielsen ratings show that only about 1.4 million people watched SyFy's shlock masterpiece, which "realistically" (cough, cough) features man-eating sharks attacking unsuspecting Los Angeles residents after getting blown to shore by an epic storm.
According to USA Today, the Nielsen figure is downright average for a movie premiere on this channel, which has found a niche trotting out awesomely bad horror flicks. (Case in point: the 2011 film Mega Python vs. Gatoroid starring '80s queens Tiffany and Deborah Gibson.)
Originally posted 07/12/2013 02:45PM
How about this as a horror-movie concept? A mad scientist is convinced that within the large, strange brain of the shark lurks an untapped skill for written communication. What if a shark could be trained to post on Facebook? No – Twitter! Yes, yes, why not Twitter?!
The scientist is right! Then things go horribly awry when the beasts, routinely fed a chum of vitamins, radioactive materials and laptop circuitry, learn to compress themselves into 140 characters or less, disguising tail and fin with tempting hashtags like #HaveASnack. Click on an innocuous-looking Tweet and you may end up saying goodbye to your hand, your arm, your intestines – your life.
Syfy's two-hour schlock masterpiece Sharknado wasn't quite that: It was, as the blunt mash-up of a title suggests, about sharks blown inland by storms and dropping on people like so many saw-toothed cicadas. But the sheer cheeky nuttiness of it all – plus a cast that included Ian "I Have Danced at Chippendales" Ziering and Tara Reid – caused a Twitter feeding frenzy when it aired Thursday night.
Originally posted 07/01/2013 06:10PM
Even a night at the Peach Pit After Dark wouldn't be able to top this.
Shannen Doherty, 42, and Jennie Garth, 41, jetted off to Sin City to catch their former Beverly Hills, 90210 costar Ian Ziering as a Chippendales dancer at Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.
"Chippendales is a very interactive show and we managed to surprise them both by including them on stage in a few production numbers," Ziering tells PEOPLE. "I was very flattered by their comments. And judging by their reaction, I know they had a great time."
Originally posted 06/10/2013 07:45PM
Ian Ziering debuted his dance moves – and a solid six-pack – on stage with the Chippendales in Las Vegas Saturday night, to the delight of the crowd.
"You guys are insane! Reminds me of all those mall appearances I used to do in the '90s, except, back then, I couldn't do this," said the former 90210 star on stage before ripping off his white tank top.
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