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Sharknado 2 breaks records

by on Jul.31, 2014, under Television

You watched it. You tweeted about it. You don’t know why, but you did.

Syfy’s pop culture sensation Sharknado 2: The Second One absolutely devoured the world during last night’s July 30 premiere, becoming the channel’s most watched Original Movie ever with 3.9 million total viewers and 1.6 million Adults 18-49. The movie also averaged 1.8 million Adults 25-54.

Sharknado 2 delivered One Billion (yes, with a B) estimated impressions for Sharknado Twitter conversations.

At one point, Sharknado 2 held all top 10 trending topics in the United States. There were more mentions of Sharknado on Twitter than #MileyCyrus on the day of MTV’s 2013 VMAs, #kimye on Kim and Kanye’s wedding day and #transformers4, #thelegomovie, #godzillamovie and #22jumpstreet on each movie’s worldwide premiere day

Sharknado 2 is the most social movie on TV ever and was more social than any episode of Game Of Thrones, The Bachelorette or Survivor.

In addition to the social media storm, Sharknado 2 soared 183 percent among total viewers, 190 percent among Adults 18-49 and 185 percent among Adults 25-54, compared to the first Sharknado movie premiere on July 11, 2013.

Sharknado 2 beat numerous broadcast programs in prime including CBS’s Extant, Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance and ABC’s Motive among Adults 18-49.

Syfy will unleash Sharknado 2 again Saturday, August 2 at 7PM and Sunday, August 3 at 9PM (ET/PT).

A production of The Asylum, Sharknado 2 starred Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Vivica A. Fox, Mark McGrath, Kari Wuhrer and Judah Friedlander, with cameos including Kelly Osbourne, Andy Dick, Perez Hilton, Judd Hirsch, Robert Klein, Kurt Angle, Salt N’ Pepa’s Pepa (Sandra Denton), Biz Markie, Matt Lauer, Al Roker, Kelly Ripa, Michael Strahan, Richard Kind, Kelly Oxford, Billy Ray Cyrus, Wil Wheaton and Robert Hays.

Sharknado 2 was directed by Anthony C. Ferrante from a screenplay by Thunder Levin.

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Dominion preview: “Ouroboros”

by on Jul.31, 2014, under Television

On tonight’s new episode of Dominion, Michael and Alex try to prevent any further causalities after innocent angels turn up dead in Vega. Meanwhile, Claire makes a difficult decision.
Dominion: "Ouroboros"
Check out the sneak peek below along with the latest “Inside Dominion”, and tune in tonight at 9/8 for “Ouroboros”.
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Defiance preview: “If You Could See Her Through My Eyes”

by on Jul.31, 2014, under Television

On tonight’s Defiance, Datak turns to an unlikely ally for help when he’s framed for a bizarre murder. Meanwhile, Irisa learns more about her destiny from a mysterious stranger.

Tune in for “If You Could See Her Through My Eyes” tonight at 8/7c on Syfy!
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Warner Bros creates “Harry Potter Global Franchise Development” team

by on Jul.30, 2014, under Books, Movies

Three years removed from the last film and five from the last book, but hot on the heals of a theme park expansion, Warner Bros is hoping to keep Harry Potter fresh and in the minds of people who spend money. They just created the “Harry Potter Global Franchise Development” (HPGFD) which will oversee the relationship with author and HP creator J.K. Rowling, with Josh Berger, currently a Managing Director and the President of Warner UK, Ireland and Spain, at the helm.

What does it mean? For the most part, the group will manage the strategic vision for the brand across all the ancillary business units, including merchandise, online (web sites like Pottermore), theme parks, etc. And who’s to say they won’t also be asking for some more material to work with from J.K.? A new film is already on the way (Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them) along with two more theme park lands (Universal Studios Hollywood and Japan), and a stage play opening in London next year. And the fans want more Harry (perhaps to Daniel Radcliffe’s chagrin), so I think we’ll someday see at least more words written about the Boy Who Lived.

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More Syfy roundup: Wendy Crewson joins Ascension; Absolute Zero alien invasion drama in development

by on Jul.29, 2014, under Television

A couple more quick items from Syfy…Wendy Crewson (The Santa Clause trilogy) will join the upcoming event series Ascension as Martha Warren, Harris Enzmann’s (played by The Shawshank Redemption‘s Gil Bellows) boss, an elegant woman with a polished exterior, but a formidable adversary.

Ascension is 6-hour event series drama following a covert U.S. space mission launched in the 1960’s that sent hundreds of men, women and children on a century-long voyage aboard the starship Ascension to populate a new world. Half way into their journey, as they approach the point of no return, the mysterious murder of a young woman causes the ship’s population to question the true nature of their mission.

In addition, Syfy has put into development Absolute Zero, a futuristic alien invasion drama from Michael Horowitz (Burn Notice), Hypnotic and Universal Cable Productions. Set in 2124, Absolute Zero follows the denizens of a remote mining colony who discover a dangerous new species on a moon of Jupiter, setting off the first stage of an alien invasion ultimately heading for Earth.

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Syfy’s Z Nation teaser to air tomorrow night during Sharknado 2: The Second One

by on Jul.29, 2014, under Television

Following the social media bonanza that was Sharknado, the sequel, dubbed Sharknado 2: The Second One airs tomorrow on Syfy at 9/8c, and if you’ll be watching, be it part fan, part curiousity, or even part drinking game, you’ll be able to catch the teaser for the upcoming Syfy zombie apocalypse series Z Nation!

Produced by Sharknado producer The Asylum (and the source of many of Syfy’s popular B-movies), Z Nation is an action-horror series about the epic struggle to save humanity after a zombie apocalypse. The cast also includes Michael Welch (The Twilight trilogy), Kellita Smith (The Bernie Mac Show), Anastasia Baranova (The Darkness II), Russel Hodgkingson (Big Fish) and Keith Allan (Rise of the Zombies).

Z Nation starts three years after the zombie virus has gutted the country, when a team of everyday heroes must transport the only known survivor of the plague from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab waits for his blood. Although the antibodies he carries are the world’s last, best hope for a vaccine, he hides a dark secret that threatens them all. With humankind’s survival at stake, the ragtag band embarks on a journey of survival across three thousand miles of rusted-out post-apocalyptic America.

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Production to begin on 12 Monkeys in Toronto next week, cast added

by on Jul.29, 2014, under Television

Syfy’s adventure thriller, 12 Monkeys will commence series production August 6 in Toronto, Canada. The season, consisting of 13 episodes, stars Aaron Stanford (as time-traveler Cole), Amanda Schull (Dr. Cassandra Railly), Kirk Acevedo (Ramse) and Noah Bean (Aaron Marker).

Syfy also confirms additional casting, inking Tom Noonan (Damages, Hell on Wheels) and Emily Hampshire (Rookie Blue) for recurring roles.

Noonan portrays a mysterious villain who is the face of the enigmatic Army of the 12 Monkeys. Imposing and intelligent, Noonan’s character will be at the center of the conspiracy. A Yale alumnus and former professor, Noonan is known for his edgy roles, most notably as the “Tooth Fairy” serial killer in the popular Michael Mann film, Manhunter. Noonan is represented by Vanguard Management and AKA Talent Agency.

Hampshire will portray Jennifer Goines, a dangerous, unstable mental patient who might have the key to unraveling the mystery of the 12 Monkeys locked away in her head (the character was male and played by Brad Pitt in the original film). Canadian actress Hampshire has starred in Cosmpolis and will next be seen in the CBC series Schitt’s Creek alongside Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara. Hampshire is represented by Intellectual Artists Management and Creative Drive Artists.

Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven (American Hustle, Man of Steel, The Dark Knight Trilogy) and Richard Suckle (American Hustle, The International), will executive produce. Roven served as producer on the original film. Jake Kurily will serve as Atlas’s executive on the series. Natalie Chaidez (In Plain Sight, V, Heroes) is the executive producer/showrunner and Terry Matalas & Travis Fickett (Nikita), who co-wrote the pilot, will serve as Co-Executive Producers. Jake Kurily will serve as Atlas’s executive on the series. 12 Monkeys is produced by Atlas Entertainment, with Universal Cable Productions.

Inspired by the classic blockbuster film, 12 Monkeys explores the provocative story of Cole (Stanford), a time traveler from a decimated future in a high-stakes race against the clock. Utilizing a dangerous and untested method of time travel, he journeys from 2043 to the present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will all but annihilate the human race. The series will explore the themes of fate, destiny, love and the possibility of second chances.

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HotShot Trailer: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies teaser

by on Jul.29, 2014, under Movies

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HotShot trailer: Mad Max: Fury Road

by on Jul.27, 2014, under Movies

The long-awaited next installment in the Mad Max franchise will debut in theaters on May 15, 2015, starring Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) and Charlize Theron (Prometheus).
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