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Syfy’s Ragin Cajun Redneck Gators Trailer Makes Sharknado Look Impressive

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I know that there is no real reason for me to be writing a story about Syfy’s next cinematic abomination, the upcoming Ragin Cajun Redneck Gators, but I am both a sadist and a masochist at heart. I’m also a Louisiana native who lives just a few minutes away from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where the Ragin Cajun is the school mascot, and I’ve never seen an alligator anywhere around here that wasn’t a part of an exhibit of some kind. The above trailer does nothing to quell my disgust for the way film and television choose to view Louisiana residents, nor does it actually inspire any interest in watching the flick. But, given my S&M qualities, I’ll probably DVR it and watch it when I’m too drunk to remember my name.

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Sharknado Debunked By Weather Experts. Wait, What?

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sharknadoEven if you had no idea that it was a Syfy Original Movie, the film Sharknado doesn’t exactly have a title that could easily get mixed up with a Ken Burns documentary. It doesn’t take a very scientific mind to realize that a film about tornadoes that fling human-killing sharks down on California treats facts like Ike Turner treated women, but a little confirmation is never looked down upon.

Who better to deny a ridiculously conceived weather anomaly than AccuWeather.com, who debunks three of the film’s more inane claims. This is exactly what we needed! Oddly enough, none of the myths concern Ian Ziering being able to lead a movie…

Massachusetts Marine Fisheries’ Shark Specialist Greg Skomal says there is no way a tornado can literally scoop sharks up out of the water and drop them on land. “The concept that sharks cannot only survive being swept up in a tornado but also attack humans is absurd,” he says. One had to wonder how the sharks lived so long up in the waterless tornadoes anyway, much less having enough energy to go after its usual meals, much less humans.

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Sharknado Ratings Sag Despite Twitter Hype, Getting Sequel Anyway

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sharknadoWhen the Syfy network aired the mind-numbingly original film Sharknado last Thursday night, it became something of a phenomenon. Not because of class A acting or a deep-as-the-ocean plotline, but because of how many people were talking about the film on Twitter. Prometheus (and everything else) co-writer Damon Lindelof was a voice for the masses, even taking a shot at Ridley Scott’s film, tweeting, “Watching this rolling Ferris wheel made me finally realize Charlize EASILY could’ve run in another direction.” If you’ve ever bitched about the character decisions made in Prometheus, this is something of a victory.

Anyway, based on the 5,000 tweets-a-minute alone, it looked like this would be a runaway cable hit, drawing in the usual die-hard crowd as well as people taken in by the sheer ludicrousness of a film featuring…well, a sharknado, as well as Ian Ziering and Tara Reid. Unfortunately for Syfy, the numbers didn’t add up that way at all, and the ratings topped off at 1.4 million, less than half of which (566,000) was made up of the 18-49 key adult demographic. These aren’t dismal numbers for the network, but they aren’t indicative of the live Internet chatter.

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The Sharknado Trailer: Because Raining Cats And Dogs Isn’t Bloody Enough

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It’s amazing that with legitimate sci-fi shows like Defiance and the upcoming Ron Moore series Helix, Syfy still hasn’t figured out how to up the ante on its line of Syfy Original Movies. I guess it depends on what ante I’m looking at. If it’s the “make watchable, relatable, award-worthy films that refrain from creating compound nouns from disasters and sharp-toothed animals” one, then it’ll be a pretty dismal effort from SyfySyfy when they release Sharknado.

Despite what it sounds like, the above trailer does not depict some fictional entity composed half of a shark’s body and half of a tornado’s funnel. This is about a superstorm that manages to pull sharks right up out of the water around Los Angeles, only to fling them around on land, no doubt killing dozens of people in the process. Dozens!

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Ringworld And Childhood’s End Miniseries Coming To Syfy

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RingworldWith a name like the Sci-Fi Channel — even after they transmogrified it into the aggressively stupid “Syfy” — you’d figure science fiction would be a major staple of their lineup. Sadly, you would often be wrong, because the Network Formerly Known as Sci-Fi is more interested in paranormal “reality” shows by the truckload and occasionally-so-bad-they’re-good Saturday night monster movies. Could the winds finally be shifting over at Syfy? Could it finally start living up to its name in a way it hasn’t for a while now? It remains to be seen, but greenlighting miniseries projects based on two works by two of the genre’s titans is definitely a good start.

First up, Ringworld. Larry Niven’s colossal creation is easily one of the most famous science fiction locations of all time, and it’s just begging to be realized up on the big screen. But since that isn’t happening any time soon, we’ll have to settle for our big-screens. Syfy actually tried to develop Ringworld about a decade back, but this new incarnation is under a whole new team. EW reports that screenwriter Michael Perry is adapting Niven’s classic novel, which follows an expedition to explore a cosmic mystery, an enormous ring-shaped construct the size of a million Earths, set around a distant star. Perry has worked on quite a few genre projects in the past, including ABC’s short-lived The River, USA’s The Dead Zone, Millennium, and even American Gothic way back in the day. Those are some decent credentials, so here’s hoping he’s got the chops to bring us the four-hour Ringworld miniseries we’ve love to see.

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Defiance Debuts To Syfy’s Biggest Ratings In Years

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DefianceWhen a company pours $100 million into a project, it’s a fair assumption that they want that money back, and to eventually make a profit. I’m certain everyone behind the new Syfy series/game tie-in Defiance was waiting with baited breaths as the show premiered Monday night, waiting and hoping for huge rating numbers.

While they aren’t huge, Defiance‘s ratings are a definite step up for Syfy, and the two-hour premiere’s total number of viewers — 2.7 million people — is the best the network has seen since the mystery drama Warehouse 13 debuted to a 3.5 million strong audience. For the coveted demographic of adults 18-49, Defiance was watched by 1.3 million, the highest since Eureka‘s 2006 numbers. So these are good numbers, but not quite great numbers, though word-of-mouth and the gaming population — which has logged over six million hours of play time so far — could slowly build this show a dedicated audience to compete with other high-profile cable shows. I’m not saying it’ll get to The Walking Dead levels, but if Defiance avoids Walking Dead‘s haphazard storytelling and character development, it might even rope in some non-genre fans.

“(NBC Universal CEO) Steve Burke is a big cheerleader of this,” says Syfy president Dave Howe, who told The Hollywood Reporter that Defiance will be given time to succeed. “This project makes sense in the marriage of content and distribution. The game is obviously broadband-hungry, which from Comcast’s perspective makes total sense for their broadband business.”