Syfy’s Latest Entry for Best-Named Movie Mashup Title: SHARKNADO

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The mind reels, doesn’t it? Sharknado. What will it be? Do sharks swim in circles and cause a tornado? Are the sharks actually in the tornado, and somehow survive long enough to eat people as they tear across the heartland? Well, guess no further; Syfy has put an end to the speculation with this press release about the Original Movie, which features Ian Ziering (Beverly Hills 90210), John Heard (Home Alone) and Tara Reid (The Big Lebowski).

But wait, there’s more! The press release also covers another Original Movie, featuring Frankie Muniz (Malcolm in the Middle) and Barry Bostwick (Rocky Horror Picture Show): Blast Vegas. Not even remotely close to Sharknado in the Awesome Name category, but I’m always happy to see Brad whenever he appears, with or without Janet.

Please note that since Syfy is spending the summer airing Primeval New World and Sinbad on Saturday nights in the usual Original Movies slot, the Original Movies will air on Thursdays. Hey, we’re out of school all summer, we can stay up late on weeknights!


NEW YORK – June 20, 2013 – Up in the sky. It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s a…shark! A supersized storm sucks sharks from the ocean and hurls them onto land in the new Syfy Original Movie Sharknado, premiering Thursday, July 11 at 9PM (ET/PT).

In the movie, regulars of a beachside bar including owner Fin (Ian Ziering/Beverly Hills 90210), bartender Nova (Casie Scerbo/Make It Or Break It) and local drunk George (John Heard/Home Alone) team up with Fin’s ex-wife April (Tara Reid/Scrubs) to investigate the ecological nightmare that has sharks swimming through the streets of Los Angeles and falling from the skies. Sharknado is a production of The Asylum.

Frankie Muniz (Malcolm in the Middle) and Barry Bostwick (Rocky Horror Picture Show) star in the Original Movie Blast Vegas, premiering Thursday, July 18 at 9PM. A group of wild frat bros and their nerdy tag-along Nelson (Muniz) head to Las Vegas for the spring break of a lifetime. When one of them steals an Egyptian relic from a casino, an ancient curse is unleashed on the fabled strip. Blast Vegas is a production of Brainstorm Media.

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I’m craving the popcorn already.

Sharknado, starring Ian Ziering (Beverly Hills 90210), John Heard (Home Alone) and Tara Reid, airs Thursday, July 11 at 9/8c on Syfy.

Blast Vegas, starring Frankie Muniz and Barry Bostwick, airs Thurdsay, July 18 at 9/8c on Syfy.

Erin Willard
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