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Sharknado: What the Hell Is It?
By Allison Moore

Washington, D.C. (July 13, 2013) - Editor's Note: TV's Answer Woman, aka Allison Moore, takes your questions regarding TV stars and shows. If you have a question about TV entertainment, ask TV's Answer Woman by sending an e-mail to

Q. I keep hearing about this Sharknado thing. What is it? It's something to do with TV, I know that much. -- Brian, Cleveland, Ohio.

Brian, Sharknado is a TV drama that debuted Thursday night on the Syfy channel and it triggered a Twitter tornado of tweets.

The show, which features a terrible storm that causes sharks to jump from the ocean into the streets of Los Angeles, stars Ian Ziering and notorious party girl Tara Reid. But the real stars are the cheesy special effects, which is what drove celebrities from Mia Farrow to Elizabeth Banks and thousands of others to tweet about Sharknado during the airing.

USA Today reports that there were 387,000 mentions of Sharknado while the show was on, which is a lot, folks. However, the Twitter frenzy did not result in big ratings with Syfy reporting that only 1.4 million viewers tuned in.

Still, the Syfy channel knows a buzz when it sees one so it will repeat the B-movie this Thursday at 7 p.m. ET. Keep your eyes on the skies -- and on your Twitter.

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