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Sharknado

The people have spoken! Five thousand fans helped decide the title of the highly anticipated “Sharknado” sequel via Twitter, and the winner is – “Sharknado 2: The Second One.”

When the made-for-television film first aired on Syfy in July, only 1.4 million watched, but there were more than 5,000 tweets-per-minute about the B-movie on the night of its debut, grossing over 604,000 in total.

Buzz for the film was so intense, Regal cinemas even hosted midnight screenings of “Sharknado” on over 200 screens on Aug. 2.

The first film centered on Los Angeles where a tornado picks up a school of hungry sharks and sends them flying through the air. The man-eating storm wreaks havoc on a small town that becomes the site of a feeding frenzy.

Stars Tara Reid and Ian Ziering return for the sequel, which will be set in New York City and will air in July 2014.

Reid told U.K. newspaper the Sunday Mirror about making the film: “I read it and I was laughing so hard because it was the most ridiculous movie I’d ever heard of. It was so insane.”

Sharknado

Photo Credits: Syfy

Syfy

The strange success of Syfy’s Sharknado movie – which former “90210” star Ian Ziering called his “John Travolta ‘Pulp Fiction’ moment,” by the way – can probably be attributed to the same cultural normative (or abnormative, we should say) that made “Bubba Teeth” a hit: Every now and then, people just like to drop all pretense and participate in the humor of things.

But it looks like it may just be those producers who took a chance on such an utterly ridiculous movie concept who get the last laugh when this thing hits actual theaters. ‘Cause that’s happening now.

Yep, “Sharknado” took the TV-observing world by storm, pun intended, for several reasons, not the least of which was an out-right social media frenzy over the unashamed ridiculousness of the film. Live-tweeting it was kind of the thing to do that night (’cause what else is going down on some random Thursday evening?).

While viewership itself was ultimately just so-so, it was the web impact that really had teeth; at one point, the title was reportedly the subject of 5,000 tweets a minute.

And though Syfy’s been responding to the interest with shark-themed marathons and, yes, even plans for a sequel (!!), they’ve now got even bigger aspirations to see what kinda damage this thing can do on the big screen.

That’s right. Regal Entertainment will be hosting midnight screenings of “Sharknado” on Aug. 2 at some 200 theaters across the country.

“‘Sharknado’ has become a force of nature in its own right,” a rep for the theater chain explained. “The project transcends the original television platform and has created tremendous buzz. There’s just something epic about watching these huge beasts on the big screen with your friends and family. The crowd reactions will make for a memorable experience in our theatres … Regal is proud to be giving our guests this chance to fuel the social media whirlwind by inviting friends to come to the show and tweeting reactions.”

So … sticking with the weather-y theme, will lightning strike twice with this “Sharknado” thing?

Photo Credits: Syfy

Homeland

Fans are eagerly waiting for the next riveting season of “Homeland” on Showtime, which will focus on the aftermath of the terror attack at Langley and prompt a massive manhunt for Nick Brody (Damian Lewis).

According to the network, “As Carrie (Claire Danes) and Saul (Mandy Patinkin) begin to pick up the pieces of their shattered professional and personal lives, they are swept up in the political and media firestorm surrounding the terror attack and the subsequent search for Brody’s whereabouts.”

Spoiler #1: At the start of season three, Carrie and Saul will be on trial, testifying for the CIA about the terrorist attack. Executive producer Alex Gansa told TVLine.com, “The CIA itself is on trial.” The third season will center on “the cost that being an intelligence officer exacts on the people in that career,” Gansa added.

Amy Morton will play Erin Kimball, Carrie’s CIA appointed attorney.

Check out more spoilers from the upcoming season, which premieres on Sunday, Sept. 29, at 9 p.m. on Showtime…

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Mike O'Malley

Glee fans know Mike O’Malley as Kurt’s (Chris Colfer) father, a single dad who dated Finn’s (Cory Monteith) mother. O’Malley has a new show on NBC, Welcome to the Family, and when NBC presented the show to the Television Critics Association, O’Malley shared his thoughts on Monteith’s death and plans to appear in the Glee episode about Finn’s funeral.

“I hope to,” O’Malley said. “I’m here doing Welcome to the Family and we shoot one episode five days a week, but Burt is a very, very important role to me. It’s been a great, great part and I’ve said to all those guys I’ll work early in the morning, late at night, Saturdays, Sundays to participate in not only continuing to be on that show, but honoring Cory and his passing and that character. He is on the show my stepson so I certainly plan on being there, and they may possibly be shooting that episode in the time we’re on hiatus.”

Recalling his time with Monteith, O’Malley praised his work in a famous scene where Burt caught Finn using the F-word towards his son. “I had many of my scenes on Glee with either Chris Colfer or Cory Monteith,” O’Malley said. “I think that I had what was probably the toughest scene I’ve ever acted in my career as an actor opposite him when I had to throw him out of the house because his character Finn out of the house because of a slur that he used. It was remarkable to me when we were shooting that scene over and over again, the depth of emotion that he was able to portray, the sorrow, the shame.”

Since Monteith died, all of his Glee costars have spoke about his kindness and work ethic, O’Malley included. “Ever since I met him, he was the fictional quarterback on that show and he was the very real quarterback on that set. He was an incredibly warm guy, a guy who was welcoming to everyone who came on that show from the beginning through the new folks who came onto the show this past year. He was a very, very hard working actor. I just loved working with him. He was a great guy. I miss him very much.”

Glee returns this fall on Fox and look for Welcome to the Family on NBC.

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Matthew Perry and Courteney Cox

Matthew Perry and Courteney Cox

The Bings are back and they’re better than ever!

Courteney Cox and Matthew Perry, the beloved duo behind Mr. and Mrs. Chandler Bing on Friends, took to Twitter yesterday to upload behind the scenes photos on the set of Go On. Cox is currently filming a guest appearance on the NBC series, portraying a date for Perry’s character, Ryan King.

Judging by their tweets, it seems like there’s nothing but love on the set:

@MatthewPerry Courteney Cox shooting Go On today..! She is fantastic, obviously. And my desire to show off in front of her is back in full swing!

@CourteneyCox Shooting GO ON today and having a blast with Matthew!

This isn’t Cox’s first Friends reunion since the series ended. Both Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow have made guest appearances on Cox’s show Cougar Town.

How do you feel about Cox’s guest appearance on Go On? Will you tune in?

ted and jeanette

HIMYM returned last night with another new episode. They won the time slot for the second straight week, along with a big win in among 18-49 year olds, the demographic most sought after by advertisers. However, ratings came up a little short of my prediction of having the most viewed episode of the series last week.

The episode started off as many HIMYMs do with us seeing what happens at the end of the story. Ted and the gang are sitting on the curb and there are flames raining down from the building above them. This is no doubt the result of something Ted’s new girlfriend, Jeanette, had done. Older Ted tells his kid that Jeanette was the most important girl he dated, because it was her that made him realize he was ready to settle down.

Going back to an earlier moment, the gang tells Ted that Jeanette is crazy, and that he has to break up with her. He knows they are right, but is afraid what the consequences will be. He decides that he’ll take her to a public place where she wouldn’t be able to anything too crazy. However, when he takes her to a Nets game, the whole public place thing doesn’t seem to be much of a deterrent. She is threatening the refs and other people at the game.

The next day Barney and Marshall come over to Ted’s place. It turns out that the guys have turned Ted’s apartment into a clubhouse of sorts. Anything that Lily or Robin won’t let them have, they bring over to Ted’s place. Ted says that he has to step out for a second. While he is gone, Jeanette shows up unannounced. When Ted returns, he finds out that Jeanette has locked herself in his bedroom. Ted confesses to Barney and Marshall that he started to break up with Jeanette, but he began to hesitate halfway through because of how crazy she was being. Ted goes into the bedroom to finish the job, only to find Jeanette wearing just lingerie and his red cowboy boots. Of course, instead of breaking up with her, they have sex.

By far the best part of this episode was the side story involving Robin and Lily. In classic HIMYM fashion, the story is revealed bits and parts at a time. It turns out that at eight months old, Robin had still never held Marvin, and was afraid to do so. When Lily and Robin are out with Marvin, Lily forgets Marvin’s favorite pacifier on a bus, and decides to chase after it, leaving Marvin with Robin. Lily comes back a while later with the pacifier, and asks if Robin had any problems. She says no and they move on. They flash forward to a few years later with Robin and Lily chatting over some glasses of wine. Robin confesses that there was more to that story. She says that Marvin started crying and that she was still afraid to pick him up, so she let an old lady pick him up and calm him down. “I’m sorry I let a stranger pick up Marvin,” Robin says. Lily forgives her. Later in the episode, it flashes forward to an ever later date, when Robin again confesses to Lily that there was more to the story. Apparently, at one point the stroller nearly rolled out into the street. Robin was clearly shook up, and the stranger recommended that they go to a nearby restaurant and settle down. Flashing forward once again, Robin tells Lily that the place that they went to was a strip club, and for the final twist, the old lady wasn’t actually an old lady… it was Mike Tyson.

This was another episode written by show co-creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas. The main story with Ted was only ok, but the side plot made the episode. Their signature style was clearly stamped on the Mike Tyson story. It was definitely fun to see that one get slowly revealed and have the real Tyson guest star. Tune in next week to see how Ted and Jeanette’s relationship literally goes down in flames.

The legend continues Mondays at 8/7c on CBS.

Photo Credits: CBS

Grey's Anatomy

A few seasons ago, Meredith Grey proclaimed, “Change; We don’t like it, we fear it but we can’t stop it from coming. We either adapt to change or we get left behind.” During this week’s episode, appropriately titled “Bad Blood,” we witnessed the doctors of Seattle Grace struggle to deal with an unwelcome change in their once comfortable, familiar workplace.

Several new protocols have come into effect upon Dr. Cahill’s arrival, including cameras throughout the hospital, medical supply restrictions and uniform operating procedures; none of which impress Seattle Grace’s staff. But have no fear, Derek and April have a plan to save the hospital – as well as their beloved ER. Well, at least that’s what they think.

The two plan to pitch to doctors in various departments in order to save the ER. Before they even get to start, Derek gets called into surgery, leaving April alone to initiate the talks. Bad idea. April gets shut down by practically every doctor she talks to. Derek scolds her for talking more about the numbers rather than the importance of it all. He chats up a fellow doctor and shows her how it’s done (easy for you to do, McDreamy). But it turns out there’s one person Derek can’t persuade – Dr. Jeff Russell, who also turned April down earlier. In exchange for his support, Dr. Russell wants Derek’s parking spot, located right next to his own. Derek pulls the “I-clipped-your-sister’s-aneurysm” card, which gets passed right over. Guess that means it’s time to get a new spot, Derek.

Derek and April finally get the support they need and bring their results to Owen and Dr. Cahill, who have just completed a extensive surgery on an emergent patient. Dr. Cahill insists the two misunderstood what she said because the ER can’t (and won’t) be revived. Instead of getting the answer they hoped for, Owen, Derek and April are stunned to learn that Dr. Cahill is really just preparing the hospital for a suitable buyer, leaving the fate of Seattle Grace up in the air. How’s that for change?

Meanwhile, Owen and Dr. Cahill spent most of the episode in the OR, ironically, operating on an ER patient as opposed to number crunching. Jackson comes in and begins to bash Dr. Cahill but quickly regrets it after he realizes she’s right across from him. She lets it slip right off her back, explaining to Owen that “I’ll turn the hospital around, just like the 12 before this.” Owen learns that Dr. Cahill never received a thank you for any of the work she’s done in the past, so he takes the opportunity to inform the patient’s family after surgery that she’s the person to thank.

Cristina and her intern, Leah, treat a patient who desperately needs a blood transfusion. The problem? Their patient is a Jehovah’s Witness. Due to his beliefs, he’s unable to accept a blood transfusion. Instead, Cristina and Leah complete a bloodless aortic transsection, followed by an endovascular repair. After surgery, they inform the family that without a blood transfusion their patient’s chance of survival is very slim, but the family refuses to go against their beliefs. Cristina assures Leah that they have to respect the family’s wishes, which she can’t accept. Leah sneaks into the patient’s room and tries to switch out the bag with blood, but she’s caught by the camera and thrown off of Cristina’s service. Their patient eventually passes away.

Arizona, Alex and Callie are faced with a difficult teenage patient who went through two hip surgeries and refuses to get out of bed. When Alex and Callie’s methods fail, Arizona believes she’s the only one who will get through to her. After showing the patient her prostethic leg, Arizona is appalled when the girl gives her attitude. Arizona yanks the girl out of bed, forcing her to take her first steps.

Bailey, Richard and Meredith all participate in a skills lab. Bailey unleashes her hilarious competitive side on the two but stops when she sees Meredith is visibly preoccupied with something else. She follows Meredith outside, who’s convinced something is wrong with the baby. Bailey reassures Meredith the baby is just kicking. It’s a sigh of relief for the MerDer fans, who later get to see Derek feel Meredith’s stomach as the baby kicks again. Aww!

Richard insists to the instructor that he’d like to move forward with his own personal method, dubbed the “Webber Method,” for hernia repairs. The instructor denies his request, stating the hospital is changing the protocol to make the hospital more efficient; therefore quick, uniform hernia repairs are necessary. The instructor eventually gets so fed up with Richard’s nagging that he blurts “The patient’s don’t matter!” in front of the whole class. Awkward! He tries to backtrack, but it’s too little, too late. The damage has been done.

Who said change was a good thing?

What did you think of this week’s episode? What do you think will happen to Seattle Grace? Let us know below!

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