I’m sure there is a lesson to be learned behind the Syfy massive television hit Sharknado. Maybe, it’s that home viewers are willing to embrace ridiculous concepts. Maybe it’s the title that made it happen. Whatever the case, Sharknado exceeded everyone’s expectations Thursday night and a Sharknado sequel might be the result.
Even Syfy exec Thomas Vitale was surprised by the insane success of the tv-movie.
We’ve had other movies where the titles would catch some buzz, like ‘Sharktopus’ or ‘Jersey Shore Shark Attack, but the level that ‘Sharknado’ reached, that was a surprise. It’s one of those happy accidents.”
A happy accident indeed. When the film hit on Thursday night, the buzz exceeded that of the Game of Thrones- The Red Wedding episode, bringing in over 5,000 tweets per minute during broadcast. However, viewership is said to be about average with only about 1 to 1.4 million viewers who watched. Still, the insane amount of social media buzz has led the cable channel to consider another round of Sharknado.
“We’ve had a lot of meetings, emails. I’m not being coy, [but] that’s obviously being talked about. However, there’s nothing going to be announced now just because we haven’t had real discussions with the real people we have to talk to about that.”
I didn’t catch the show this past Thursday, but I most likely will when Syfy runs it again this upcoming Thursday night. Without a doubt, this is the most talked about stupid movie since Snakes on a Plane. I wonder if Sam Jackson would consider joining the inevitable television sequel. How epic would that be?