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Ready for 'Sharknado 2'? Here are 5 ways to dive right in

Get your chainsaws ready! Here's Ian Ziering as Fin Shepard  in a scene from 'Sharknado 2: The Second One.'

Get your chainsaws ready! Here's Ian Ziering as Fin Shepard in a scene from 'Sharknado 2: The Second One.'

When Sharknado premiered on the SyFy network on July 11, 2013, it hit the Internet like a tidal wave.

The shlocky B-movie about a waterspout that lifts sharks out of the water and dumps them in Los Angeles (how is it not set in Florida?) averaged 5,000 tweets per minute during that first airing. Oh, there would be subsequent airings, some even in movie theaters across the country. A big deal for a 90-minute bloodbath in which star Ian Ziering's character Fin Shepard (!) has to chainsaw his way out of the belly of a shark.

Sharknado is returning, because, well, do we really need to explain how Hollywood works? The sequel, Sharknado 2: The Second One (real title, people), debuts Wednesday, and we've rounded up five things you should know before diving in. Think of it as trivia to share while you're tweeting all night.

1. THE CAST GETS BIGGER, WEIRDER: Erstwhile Beverly Hills 90210 heartthrob Ziering (he's 50 years old now; let that sink in) and American Pie alum Tara Reid return to headline the sequel, plus they're joined by Sugar Ray lead singer Mark McGrath (IIIIII just wanna fly), Vivica A. Fox, and Judah Friedlander, that guy who always wore a hat on 30 Rock.

2. THE PLOT: It picks up where the original left off, with the divorced couple played by Ziering and Reid reunited after surviving the first sharknado. (They realized what was important in life, you see.) When the two travel to New York to promote a book by Reid's character April, another sharknado rains down upon them. Some people have the worst luck.

3. EMMY WINNER TAKES A BITE: Surprise! Sharknado 2 stars a two-time Emmy winner. Judd Hirsch, who won those awards for his stint on the 1978-1983 series Taxi, very appropriately plays a taxi driver. At the Television Critics Association press tour in California last week, Hirsch explained what drew him to the role: "They told me I could get eaten by a shark, I said, 'I'm in.' "

4. 'TODAY' STARS ALSO SHOW UP: Never one to pass up an opportunity to look extremely silly, Today host Matt Lauer announced back in April that he and renowned weatherman Al Roker have cameos in the shark-infested sequel. The two get into some, uh, sticky situations, and Roker delivers this gem of a line: "Think of it this way: This is a twister, with teeth."

5. 'SHARKNADO' WON'T DIE: Apparently, a third Sharknado is already in the works, set to air next summer. Seriously, how is this not a perfect fit for the Sunshine State? Make it happen!

Ready for 'Sharknado 2'? Here are 5 ways to dive right in 07/25/14 [Last modified: Friday, July 25, 2014 11:13am]

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