Attack of Sharknado 2: Oh yeah, there’s another one

The idea of making a movie about a tornado that scoops up thousands of sharks and sends them flying through the air to chomp their way through a bevy of people, places and things sounds totally ridiculous. That didn’t stop Syfy from moving ahead with Sharknado, a movie that became a pop culture phenomenon last year. The mania reached such a fevered level that a sequel, Sharknado 2: The Second One, was ordered. It premieres at 9 p.m. Wednesday on Syfy.

Ian Ziering and Tara Reid return to face another marine meteorological dilemma as the action shifts from L.A. to New York. Although both actors admit they had concerns about being in the first movie after they saw the script, they are glad they stuck with it.

“This film just came at the right time. When the movie blew up, I was surprised. Everyone was surprised. No one expected the first film to do what it had done,” Ziering tells The Fresno Bee. “The sci-fi fans are the most supportive fans in entertainment. They are all like-minded and because they exist together on the same digital platform, they are all connected.”

Although the sequel was made for a little more than the $2 million spent on the first one, it features a much larger cast that includes anchors from the Today show, Vivica A. Fox, Mark McGrath, Kari Wuhrer, Andy Dick, Judd Hirsch and Robert Klein.

Singer McGrath says being cast in the sequel is like winning a prize. “I’m in this movie because I’m a fan. I find myself in a cab on Broadway acting with Hirsch. OK? Dreams can still happen.”

Although the first movie is most remembered for all of the killing, Sharknado 2 star Wuhrer stresses there’s more to the sequel than just sharks vs. mankind.

“It’s about people. It’s about family. So it’s a whole different story as well, not just sharks ripping through flesh.”