07/13/2013 08:49 am ET Updated Sep 12, 2013

Syfy Says They'll Only Make Movies With Great Titles


If you somehow missed the news, Syfy aired a creature feature titled Sharknado last night, the latest installment in the network's biweekly Original Movies brand, which has previously offered up such awesomely titled knee-slappers as Dinocroc, Mansquito, and Megapython vs. Gatoroid. (And coming up: August's Ghost Shark, which is in no way related to Sharknado -- as if that even matters.) The buzz surrounding the movie reminded us that, back in 2011, we'd discussed the topic at length with Thomas Vitale, Syfy's executive vice-president for programming and original movies, and inspired us to fire up that long-dormant (and unpublished) transcript to get a sense of how and why the network keeps churning these lowbrow gems out, so many of which trade heavily on the word shark. Enjoy -- just replace the word Sharktopus below with Sharknado.