Fandango is reporting that Syfy’s Sharknado sold out midnight showtimes in three cities – New York, Boston, and Seattle – and additional showtimes were added continuously to meet fan demand. The cult phenom is playing on roughly 200 screens in movie theaters across the country. Fandango called the sales pace ”bloody good” for screenings hosted by Regal and NCM Fathon Events. Sharknado premiered on Syfy on July 11th, drawing just 1.4 million total viewers. But social media interest was high and a repeat viewing a week later on Syfy drew about a half-million more viewers. Starring Ian Ziering and Tara Reid, the pic’s nonsensical plot investigates the ecological nightmare of sharks caught in a tornado and falling from the skies into the streets of Los Angeles. The network has already ordered a 2014 version.
Regal and NCM Fathon Events will host midnight screenings of Syfy’s strangely popular Sharknado! on August 2, with the TV movie set for about 200 screens in NCM’s Digital Broadcast Network. Sharknado! premiered on Syfy on July 11, drawing …
EXCLUSIVE: Syfy has greenlighted a 90-minute pilot for Dominion, a drama based on characters from the 2010 feature Legion, which starred Paul Bettany. The feature’s director/co-writer Scott Stewart is directing the pilot, written by Vaun Wilmott (Sons Of Anarchy). Dominion is described as an epic supernatural action drama set 25 years in the future after a war between an army of angels and mankind has transformed the world. It follows the perilous journey of a rebellious young soldier who discovers he’s the unlikely savior of humanity. Bold Films, which produced the movie for Screen Gems, is co-producing with Universal Cable Prods. Stewart and Bold’s Michel Litvak and David Lancaster executive produce, with Wilmott, co-executive producing.
In addition to Dominion, Syfy has narrowed the field for more pickups as I hear the network is considering both pilot and straight-to-series orders. Said to be at the top of the list are four projects, at least one of which is expected to go straight to series.
Word of mouth worked well for Syfy’s repeat of Sharknado! Thursday night — an average of 1.9 million viewers tuned in. That’s half a million more than watched the craptastic it’s-raining-sharks flick one week earlier. But it’s still not the mega-crowd you might have expected, given the social media frenzy that erupted over the flick’s premiere. Actually, to be perfectly accurate, it was the media frenzy over the social media reaction to the movie, which was on levels approaching the social media reax of Pretty Little Liars on a bad night. Except that, among those tweet was, OMG, it’s Damon Lindelof! And Greg Berlanti! And Mia Farrow!
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Anyway, just like the first time around, on Thursday viewers once again saw a tornado snatch up a mess of sharks — like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, only with sharper teeth – which made them so mad they began to attack adorable towheaded children and potential love interests of Ian Ziering. And so the weary day wore on, until Ziering decided he’d had enough, and used a chainsaw to disembowel one very big shark who spoke for all the flying sharks, and they all lived happily ever after.
Syfy has ordered a Sharknado sequel; this time flying sharks attack Manhattan. It will premiere on the network in 2014. The network is holding a Twitter contest to name the movie. Tweet your submissions to @SyfyMovies using #Sharknado. “Every once in a while, there is a perfect storm — on television. The fans are clamoring for a sequel. Or perhaps it will be a prequel,” the NBCUniversal-owned network’s EVP Programming Thomas Vitale gushed in today’s announcement.
The original orgy of bad special effects and even worse acting had triggered a social media feeding frenzy among journalists and celebrities when it premiered last week. Word got out the network was mulling a sequel, but that was before Nielsen reported the movie was actually watched by average of 1.369 million people, which is nothing to dance about.
Hot on the heels of Sharknado comes Syfy‘s original movie Ghost Shark premiering August 22nd. Thomas Vitale, EVP of programming and original movies, says it was inspired by something his 7-year-old daughter said and claims there is “a logical reason” behind the ghost shark. Once again this has poorly rendered CGI characters that, …
UPDATED, 1 PM: Hours after Syfy network announced it would repeat last night’s orgy of bad special effects and even worse acting known as Sharknado in response to the social media feeding frenzy it triggered, and word got out the network was mulling a sequel, Nielsen reported the movie was actually watched by an average of 1.369 million people.
In case you were one of the 312 million or so people in the country who did not watch, Sharknado, in round numbers, went like this: the ecological nightmare caused by global warming triggers a freak weather system that results in a mega tornado choc-a-block with angry sharks who sail through the air attacking innocent children and blondes, and causing to be uttered such lines as “they took my grandfather, so I really hate sharks.” The movie culminated in a mano-a-sharko scene, in which our hero Ian Ziering was swallowed by a flying shark but, happily, he had his chainsaw with him at the time; he sawed his way out, also rescuing the distressed damsel who’d earlier been consumed whole by same shark.
“Given the enormous popular demand, Syfy will present a special encore presentation of Sharknado on Thursday, July 18 at 7PM (ET/PT),” the network announced proudly this morning before the audience numbers came in.
In one of the highlights at Syfy‘s upfront in April, the cable network announced a five-episode horror anthology series executive produced, written and directed by Jamie Foxx. The show, in which the Oscar winner also was …
EXCLUSIVE: Feature and TV director David Slade (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) is set to direct the opening episode of Helix, Syfy‘s upcoming series from from Battlestar Galactica developer/executive producer Ronald D. Moore. The project, written by Cameron Porsandeh and produced by Sony TV, is a dark thriller about a team of scientists investigating a possible disease outbreak. Moore, showrunner Steven Maeda and Lynda Obst executive produce and Porsandeh co-exec produces the series, with Slade set to executive produce the premiere episode. Production is slated to begin this summer in Montreal.
A massive financial investment and solid ratings have led to a second-season renewal for Syfy‘s Defiance, which has received a 13-episode order. Season 2 of the show, produced by Universal Cable Productions, will begin production in Toronto in August for a 2014 premiere, returning as anchor of Syfy’s Powerful Mondays block. Defiance was developed as a partnership between Syfy and Trion Worlds as a convergence of television and online gaming. Here’s the official release:
Diane Haithman is a Deadline contributor.
As previously announced, Syfy’s Warehouse 13 will return April 29 in a new 10 PM time slot behind Syfy’s drama Defiance. After today’s NBC Press Day panel on the show, Syfy SVP Original Programming Erik Storey told Deadline that he hopes the new time slot will “expose Warehouse 13 to potential new audiences” and hopes that the series “will benefit from cross pollination.”