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MTV Cancels 'Skins'

by Jean Bentley, posted Jun 9th 2011 5:20PM
SkinsAfter multiple boycotts from the Parents Television Council, fleeing advertisers and steeply declining ratings, MTV won't go ahead with a second season of the racy teen soap 'Skins.'

The controversial series, adapted from the British series of the same name by original creator Bryan Elsley, followed a group of hard-partying teens from an unspecified North American city.

"Skins is a global television phenomenon that, unfortunately, didn't connect with a US audience as much as we had hoped," MTV said in a statement. "We admire the work that the series' creator Bryan Elsley did in adapting the show for MTV, and appreciate the core audience that embraced it."

Promoted by MTV as a realistic glimpse at teenagedom in the U.S. (or was it Canada?) -- the network even employed real-life high schoolers as part of an advisory council that suggested potential storylines drawn from their own lives -- the series cast a diverse group of unknown teens in the main roles.

The PTC loudly objected to the drug use and casual sex depicted on the show, but the biggest 'Skins' controversy came when network execs allegedly began to worry that the show was too sexual even for the edgy network, and an episode that showed a 17-year-old actor naked could be construed as child pornography.

Considering the show was seemingly designed simply to get publicity for the network, this can't be considered a complete failure for the network. After all, it has already given the green light to other Brit adaptations.

Tell us: Will you miss the U.S. 'Skins'? Were you hoping for a second season?

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Ashley DiPietro

Bring back skins ! Just because some people think its wrong its what really happens in high schools. Us viewers were able to connect so much with the characters, I literally felt like they were my friends. I was so upset when I watched the last episode knowing it was over for good. Showing "inappropriate" scenes doesn't make us teenagers do inappropriate things... We already have been with or without the show. So bring it back so we can enjoy a show that's real and speaks to us on our level. Love ash.

January 19 2013 at 8:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Honestly, the US version of the showed sucked. Everyone should watch the UK version, much more intensity and creativity. I feel like the US version was forced, they had to change everything from the names to the curse words in order to make it fit but it never really fit after all.

January 07 2012 at 1:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jazmin 'Stupiid Beau

I'm So ****'n Mad I Love That Show MTV Please Bring It Back!!!! It Showed What's Really Up With HighSchool Life In A No Nonsense Way Jus Give It Another Chance It A Be Worth It I MeanWe Cnt Make Every1 Happy In Everyway We Deliver Messages But As Long As Get It Across It's Worth It

December 24 2011 at 10:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Julie Richards Eskew

I am very disappointed that Skins was canceled. My husband and I just watched all 10 episodes on Netflix and we really want a 2nd season!! We even made a conscious decision to watch it with our 15 year old son. Yes, some parts are uncomfortable, but we used the show as an opportunity to talk with him about certain issues on the show. We also watch Beyond Scared Straight with both of our children (our other son is 11) for the same reasons. I think more parents should embrace the opportunity that the topics of theses shows brings to light. I'd really like to see another network pick up the series.....definitely worth it!!

December 15 2011 at 9:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Alax P-file

i can see where many parents didnt like the show. But it DID relate a lot to real high school life. Thats why i loved the show so much, and i am very upset that there wont be a second season!

December 04 2011 at 11:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i dont see why they cancelled it the show was a hit everyone at school was talking about it and it is a great example for people to see that teams do do crazy stuff sometimes

December 01 2011 at 10:51 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

yea this show was the **** iv been watching it on netflix both american and uk version both are good but i like americn version better try surfthechannel.com as well wish they bring it back :(

November 26 2011 at 7:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

can we at least watch the ones they made so far i loved this show and how can they say that this was a bad show when the world around you has all of the things they put in the show they just are more blunt as in hey this is and could be what you dont know about your childs life or there school !!!

October 24 2011 at 11:30 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

i am VERY upset that this show is canceled. it was my FAVORITE show, and i think that its ridiculous that it was canceled. does anyone no how i can watch the UK version? i need my skins :)

October 20 2011 at 9:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Julie Richards Eskew

If you have Netflix all 10 U.S. episodes are on there as well as the British version of the show. I love the U.S. version....haven't started the British version yet. I wish another network would pick up the series!

December 15 2011 at 9:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Adrienne McClellan

I was really into the show and I'm not even a teen. I have the same feelings that David down below has. I thought the show illustrated what teens did, plain and simple. I liked how each kid had their own issue and showed how they were coping. I'm not a parent, but I don't see how this show was so "controversial", but yet, MTV has another show that I like "Jersey Shore" and "the real world". Now, I know what your thinking, "how can you compare?" On the lines of sexual content, partying and fighting, that will be where I can compare. I don't understand how parents can throw stones at one, but not the others. Parents nowadays, I don't know where to begin. My mother set me straight at a young age, and maybe instead of being upset over a television show that is only exhibiting the mannerisms of teenagers today. Perhaps, we should ask questions like, "Is my son/daughter doing that? Am I doing everything that I possibly can to be there for my child? " The last I checked, television shows were cancelled because of lack of viewership, not of what the show is trying to convey. If you are a parent that educates and communicates with you child, a tv show should be the least of your worries.

October 15 2011 at 1:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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