NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Batten down the hatches! A new kind of “natural disaster” is about to take a big bite out of the Big Apple.
“Sharknado 2: The Second One,” the encore follow-up sequel to last summer’s campy classic, premieres Wednesday on the Syfy network and this time, the sharks are sinking their teeth into New York City.
The original “Sharknado” depicted a weather aberration on the Southern California coast that caused bloodthirsty sharks to rain on hapless Angelenos. But hunky beach-bar owner Fin Shepard, played by “Beverly Hills, 90210” alum Ian Ziering, saved the day with a makeshift shark explosion.
The sequel moves the mayhem from Los Angeles to New York City where an even bigger, badder sharknado siege is unleashed on the populace and famous sites, including Citi Field.
Ziering and Reid are joined by Vivica A. Fox and Mark McGrath, along with Kelly Osbourne, Judah Friedlander, Andy Dick, Judd Hirsch and Perez Hilton. Matt Lauer and Al Roker and Robert Klein make cameo appearances.
“Sharknado 2” serves as a paean to the Big Apple. Klein (playing the mayor of New York in one of the film’s numerous celebrity cameos) delivers a rousing call-to-arms for all New Yorkers: “When something bites us, we bite back!”
“It’s unpretentious, it’s fun and you can turn it on at any point and instantly be entertained,” Friedlander said back in April. “It’s very communal even though people aren’t watching at a theater.”
Many New Yorkers didn’t seem too worried about the threat of killer sharks falling from the sky.
“I don’t care if it’s water, elephants, pigs, whatever is falling out of the sky — if I can catch it and put in a bag and it can be sold, it’s going to get sold,” one man selling souvenirs in Times Square told 1010 WINS’ John Montone.
One Con Edison worker said if a great white falls in an open manhole, he’ll just cover it up.
“You close up the lid like a big fish tank,” he said.
Another food cart vendor said shark would be a great addition to his menu.
“I can make kabob,” he said. “I can cut and make a piece and cook.”
“Sharknado 2: The Second One” premieres Wednesday at 9 p.m.
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