EXCLUSIVE: 'Sharknado 4' Star Ian Ziering Says He Didn't Think the First Movie 'Would Make it on TV'

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Ian Ziering opened up to ET about Sharknado fans' integral part in the success of the franchise, which is now on its fourth installment.

The 52-year-old actor admitted to ET that he never thought the franchise would become so successful.

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"To be frank and honest, I didn't think that even Sharknado 1 would make it on TV," Ziering confessed. "The fans are integral in the success of this."

Knowing this, producers left it up to the fans to determine the fate of Tara Reid's character, April, for Sharknado 4.

"This movie was made popular by social media," Ziering said. "We elicited the help of the fans by asking them to hashtag 'April lives' or hashtag 'April dies.'"

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It appears as though Reid will survive the movie, as #AprilLives ultimately won out. And Reid isn't the only star coming back -- David Hasselhoff also returns.

"The Hoff is just great to have around on set," Ziering told ET. "He's the nicest guy ever."

Ziering, Reid, Hasselhoff, Wayne Newton, Gilbert Gottfried, Garey Busey and more appear in Sharknado: The 4th Awakens, premiering July 31 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Syfy.