‘Sharknado 2’ Whipped Up Storm of Viewers, Tweets

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Syfy says its sequel to the horror spoof “Sharknado” snapped up 3.9 million viewers Wednesday night.

The film, officially titled “Sharknado 2: The Second One,” nearly tripled the 1.37 million viewers who saw last summer’s premiere of the original “Sharknado” film.

Meanwhile, Nielsen estimates that 5.5 million people saw one or more of the 581,000 tweets posted during the airing. At one point, the film held all top 10 trending topics in the United States. By comparison, 318,000 tweets about the first “Sharknado” film were posted when it premiered last July.

In campy fashion, “Sharknado 2” moved the action from Los Angeles to New York City, which was besieged by its own fearsome storm of rain and falling sharks.

Syfy said the film will air again Saturday and Sunday. (AP)

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Contract Dispute Delays ‘Big Bang’ Production

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Production on a new season of “The Big Bang Theory” is being delayed due to a contract dispute with its top actors.

The Warner Brothers Television studio, which makes television’s most popular comedy for CBS, said that Wednesday’s scheduled first day of work after the summer hiatus has been postponed.

The Hollywood Reporter says Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki currently make $325,000 per episode. They’re negotiating as a group and want salary increases to as high as $1 million per episode as well as a cut of the back-end profits.

Contract disputes aren’t unusual at popular, long-running TV series. It’s unclear how long the impasse would have to take before it would cause a delay in episodes getting on the air. (AP)

So You Ask—

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Besides this crash, I also have TWA Flight 800, JFK Jr’s plane and Walter Cronkite died. It happens.

‘Better Call Saul’ Supporting Cast Announced

AMC is confirming that Michael McKean is joining series star Bob Odenkirk in “Better Call Saul,” the much-awaited prequel to “Breaking Bad.”

Best-known from the film “This Is Spinal Tap,” McKean will play the brother of Saul Goodman, the wily lawyer originated by Odenkirk in the wildly popular drama “Breaking Bad.”

A returning supporting actor is Jonathan Banks, who played “fixer” Mike Erhmantraut. Other cast members announced Friday at the summer TV critics’ tour include Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian and Michael Mando.

“Better Call Saul” will take place in 2002, about five years before the starting point of “Breaking Bad.”

The new series was created by “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould.

Its 10-episode season begins in January, with a second season already ordered. (AP)

Academy Sues Over Auctioned Oscar Statuette

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A lawsuit has been filed over the recent auction of a 1942 Oscar awarded to the art director of the film “My Gal Sal.”

The Motion Picture Academy of Arts & Sciences, which hosts the Academy Awards, sued Rhode Island-based Briarbrook Auction Services on Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Briarbrook sold the statuette on June 24 for $79,200.

The lawsuit seeks an order requiring Briarbrook to sell the Oscar statuette to the Academy for $10 in accordance with the organization’s bylaws. The disputed statuette was awarded to Joseph Wright for his art direction of the musical “My Gal Sal,” which starred Rita Hayworth.

Briarbrook owner Nanci Thompon says she has not seen the lawsuit, but she says the company was careful before offering it for sale. (AP)

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A Return to (Old) ‘Breaking Bad’ for AMC

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No new episodes of “Breaking Bad”? No problem for the AMC network.

AMC said Tuesday that it will fill its Sunday night schedule for nearly two months with reruns of the popular series that starred Bryan Cranston, which aired its last original episode last September. Every episode will be shown during the network’s “Breaking Bad Binge.”

Episodes will air from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. every Sunday night, from Aug. 10 through Oct. 5.

AMC will add some extras, including interviews with cast and crew members prior to each episode. (AP)