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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."

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RJ Tells Lily the Truth About Jenny and She Flips Out on 'The Hard Times of RJ Berger' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 25th 2011 6:23AM
'The Hard Times of RJ Berger' season premiereMTV's other scripted series that had the PTC all up in a tizzy over its depiction of teens and sexuality returned for its second season. And it looks like 'The Hard Times of RJ Berger' (Thu., 11PM ET on MTV) are going to continue for the titular character.

Last season, he gave himself to friend Lily after she was hit by a school bus. But his heart always belonged to Jenny Swanson. What he didn't do was tell Lily that he'd taken Jenny to the school dance that very night, and there shared a kiss with her.

At least, he didn't tell her until now. On the one hand, you have to give RJ credit for finally being honest with Lily about his true feelings and intentions with Jenny. On the other hand, he probably shouldn't have allowed her to go around as his girlfriend since that fateful day in the hospital.

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'Skins' Season 1, Episode 10 (Season Finale) Recap

by Sandie Angulo Chen, posted Mar 22nd 2011 11:30AM
Eura in MTV Skins['Skins' - 'Eura']

This is it. The end of the first season of 'Skins,' one of the most controversial prime-time shows in recent history.

It has been an inconsistent opening season, to put it mildly, but despite the odds against it, this season finale was surprisingly good -- even though there's still plenty to dislike about it. This episode's protagonist, Eura, has not been nearly as compelling as her Bristol counterpart, Effy, but finally the MTV series seems to be going its own way, as opposed to aping the British original.

Eura, like Effy, is Tony's unusually mute sister. But whereas Effy was a silent ice-princess completely in control of when and to whom she spoke, Eura is more of a fragile, damaged little sister who desperately wants to help her (completely undeserving) older brother Tony. She cleverly realizes that extreme measures are necessary and fakes her own abduction. Her strange disappearance is responsible for the predictable reunion of Tony's clique.

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'Skins' Season 1, Episode 9 Recap

by Sandie Angulo Chen, posted Mar 15th 2011 10:00AM
Skins['Skins': 'Tina']

With only one episode left of the season, the MTV version of 'Skins' went where the franchise has never gone before -- the perspective of an adult. Tina (Anastasia Phillips) the teacher had a comparable character in the original series (who also got it on with Chris), but she was never the focus of an episode. Needless to say, interest was high but expectations low for this grown-up POV.

What's interesting is that despite the paradigm shift the Tina episode created (it seems counter-intuitive that a series so blatantly targeted at teens would switch to show an adult's point of view), her story was compelling (if pathetic) enough to reveal what can happen when you don't really grow up. Tina isn't an adolescent, but she's not really an adult, a role model or an authority figure either.

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'Skins' Season 1, Episode 7 Recap

by Sandie Angulo Chen, posted Mar 1st 2011 10:00AM
Rachel Thevenard as Michelle in Skins['Skins' - 'Michelle']

Funny thing about tonight's episode -- the on-screen cable guide described the U.K. edition's 'Michelle' plot (even using the names Maxxie and Sid), but since the show ended up being so similar it's hard to blame the powers that be for the mistake.

Everyone obviously has different opinions on the subject, but Michelle, played by Rachel Thevenard, has been one of the cast's weaker links until the past couple of episodes. It's not the underwhelming acting (most of the kids are still figuring out the whole "craft of acting" thing), but that she seemed so superficial and a bit of a stereotypical, one-note hottie. Now, however, it's clear that the "real" Michelle is, at least for one episode, tougher and cleverer than she looks.

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'Skins' Season 1, Episode 6 Recap

by Sandie Angulo Chen, posted Feb 22nd 2011 10:40AM
Ron Mustafaa as Abbud on Skins['Skins,' 'Abbud']

Just when the show seemed to be on a upswing, this episode proved a disappointment -- part of which stems from how similar the storyline was, but instead of providing you with a more likable, lovesick Abbud (Ron Mustafaa), the snoozy Tony-Tea show (am I the only one who finds them an utter bore together?) took over and managed to eclipse the very character the episode was supposed to explore.

Although Tea (Sofia Black-D'Elia) is the most interesting character of the lot, the fact that she's a gorgeous lesbian and not a hunky gay guy like the UK version's Maxxie changes the character's dynamic with Abbud and Tony far too much for the writers to keep the plot so faithful to the British original.

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'Glee' Breaks Elvis Presley Billboard Record, Michael Vick Cancels On 'Oprah' and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 16th 2011 6:30PM
'Glee' Elvis Presley has been dethroned by the cast of 'Glee.'

With 113 hit tunes to Presley's 108, the the hit Fox show now officially has the most singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

According to Billboard, the six new tunes on Thursday's chart bring the 'Glee' gang above the King, as well as other musical luminaries like James Brown, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and The Beatles. The first 'Glee' entry on the chart came less than two years ago when 'Don't Stop Believin'' landed at number 4 in June 2009.

The only modern acts to come close to 'Glee''s record are Lil Wayne and Jay-Z, who have 67 and 62 entries, respectively.

In other TV news ...

Michael Vick pulled out of his upcoming 'Oprah' appearance for "personal reasons." The episode was scheduled to air next Thurs., Feb. 24, and the show has not yet found a replacement. [Entertainment Weekly]

Seth MacFarlane will be the roast master during Comedy Central's upcoming Donald Trump roast. The show is scheduled to tape March 9. He's got some experience in the field, having hosted the David Hasselhoff roast last year. [Deadline]

'Saturday Night Live' alum Rachel Dratch is adding "author" to her resume. The comedian is writing a book about her post-'SNL' life and becoming a mother at 44. [Splitsider]

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'Skins' Season 1, Episode 5 Recap

by Sandie Angulo Chen, posted Feb 15th 2011 11:35AM
Daniel Flaherty as Stanley on Skins['Skins': 'Stanley']

This episode was more of a test than the others, because Sid -- the British version on which Stanley is based -- is widely considered the beloved underdog of the series. He's the insecure, vulnerable, genuinely sweet yang to Tony's cocky, seemingly untouchable, manipulative yin. So this episode of the MTV series just had to click, and upon second viewing, it actually did its job.

Daniel Flaherty plays Stanley well, all hunched shoulders and hiding behind that fringe of floppy hair that's too long to be trendy.

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'Skins' Season 1, Episode 4 Recap

by Sandie Angulo Chen, posted Feb 8th 2011 10:20AM
Stan and Cadie in MTV Skins['Skins': 'Cadie']

"You can't keep doing whatever you want, you know. Things can't always work out for you." -- Cadie

That has to be the most truthful line in the series to date. Even though Cadie said it specifically to Tony after eavesdropping on his "I know you felt it, too" conversation with Tea, it could have been what many viewers watching the series want to say to the entire cast of characters.

Of course, things aren't really working out for any of them, but that's what all the continued fuss is about, right?

With a few exceptions, these teens don't seem to care about the way they act. And to a certain extent, that's fine, because this is a fictional show about high schoolers who, as Cadie said, do whatever they want almost all of the time.

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Teens Can't Wait to Watch 'Skins,' Thanks to the PTC (VIDEO)

by PopEater Staff, posted Feb 2nd 2011 7:30PM
SkinsThe Parents Television Council is accusing MTV's 'Skins' of featuring child pornography, called it "dangerous" and tabulated more than 40 instances of drug, sex and alcohol abuse in only the first episode.

To which teens say: Thanks for the heads-up!

From Funny or Die comes a video of teens who are grateful for the PTC's watchdog campaign, which has just spread the word about the potentially-corrupting show. The more the PTC whines about nudity and drug use, the more these teens can't wait to indulge ... in the show.

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'Dancing With the Stars' Season 12 to Premiere on March 21, Russell Brand to Host 'Saturday Night Live' and More TV news

by Chris Harnick, posted Feb 1st 2011 5:40PM
Dancing With the StarsThose anxiously waiting for dancing celebrities rejoice -- 'Dancing With the Stars' will return Monday, March 21.

According to Deadline Hollywood, the cast of 'DWTS' season 12 will be revealed Feb. 28 during 'The Bachelor.'

Professional dancer and three-time 'Dancing With the Stars' champ Derek Hough will not return to the ABC series for season 12. Hough is filming a dance movie -- in 3D! -- and will return for season 13.

In other TV news ...

Russell Brand will host 'Saturday Night Live' on Feb. 12. Chris Brown will be the musical guest. [Hollywood Reporter]

Kathy Griffin will guest star on CBS's 'The Defenders.' Griffin will play a Las Vegas comic who is sued for insulting audience members that have been picked by her producers. Griffin will play a character named Sally, just like she did on 'Seinfeld.' The episode is titled 'Nevada vs. Greene,' but we can still hope for it to be her 'Seinfeld' character Sally Weaver. [TVLine]

Proactiv is the latest advertiser to leave MTV's 'Skins.' The acne medication maker is the ninth major sponsor to flee the controversial series. "We have officially requested that MTV revise our traffic schedule so that Proactiv spots cease airing during Skins," Kendra Elliott, vice president of media at Guthy-Renker, Proactiv's parent company, said. [Hollywood Reporter]

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'Skins' Season 1, Episode 3 Recap

by Sandie Angulo Chen, posted Feb 1st 2011 10:30AM
MTV Skins['Skins': 'Chris']

After the completely original 'Tea' episode last week, it was a bit of a disappointment to see just how faithful this episode was to the original, even if it does, once again, show the vulnerability beneath the character's overconfident adolescent façade.

In the Bristol version, Chris' story arc is the most heartbreaking, and it all starts with this bleak look at why and how he's such an unrepentant pill-popping party boy: his parents can't be bothered with him.

It's not an uncommon plot device for parents to be MIA on a younger-skewing series -- even the preschool cartoon 'Max and Ruby' and the Nickelodeon hit 'iCarly' depict parents who are inexplicably never around -- but the cruel way Chris's (Jesse Carere) probably mentally ill mother and deadbeat father completely desert him is pretty unfathomable. Even MTV's naive 'Teen Moms' wouldn't do that.

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'Skins' Ratings Drop Dramatically, ABC Orders Edgar Allen Poe Mystery Pilot and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 25th 2011 6:00PM
SkinsLooks like all that 'Skins' controversy might not have paid off for MTV.

The show's second episode, which aired last night without a brand-new 'Jersey Shore' lead-in, fell 52 percent in the ratings, according to Entertainment Weekly. Though the premiere drew 3.3 million viewers, only 1.6 million tuned in yesterday.

Also down in the ratings was NBC's 'The Cape,' which was down 38 percent this week, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In other TV news ...

While Syfy's American version of 'Being Human' continues to forge its own way, BBC America announced the third season premiere date for the original flavor. The British series will premiere Feb. 19. [EW]

Oprah's big family secret reveal paid off for her, ratings-wise. Yesterday's 'Oprah Winfrey Show,' where the host revealed she had a half sister she never knew about, scored a 9.6 rating -- that's the show's highest in six years. [THR]

David E. Kelley's 'Wonder Woman' pilot is now a go, and now it has a possible director. 'The O.C.''s McG is reportedly the one execs want to helm the show. [TVLine]

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'Skins' Creator Defends the MTV Show's Morals, But What About the Edgy Drama's Other Problems?

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jan 25th 2011 12:25PM
The creator of 'Skins,' a new MTV drama at the center of a raging controversy, has issued a statement about the show.

In an essay posted on MTV.com, Bryan Elsley said that the U.S. adaptation of the U.K. hit has not only made every effort to "abide by the law," he asserts that it's a show about "intensely moral" young people just trying to figure out life.

"Consequences do flow from incorrect or selfish behavior," Elsley wrote, "but in the show, these [consequences] are shown to be unexpected, hard to predict, and more to do with the loss of friendship than anything else, which in any context, is a disastrous outcome."

Who knows if the statement, which sounds as though it was designed to stop advertisers from fleeing the show, will end the controversy about the provacative content of 'Skins,' which MTV executives themselves apparently thought might edge into child-porn territory.

What Elsley doesn't appear to understand is that 'Skins,' along with several other recent U.K.-to-U.S. remakes, faces a whole host of problems. The fact that American television has trained viewers to expect characters to get comeuppances much sooner than the 'Skins' characters do -- well, that's just one of the issues faced by show.

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'Skins' Season 1, Episode 2 Recap

by Sandie Angulo Chen, posted Jan 25th 2011 11:00AM
Skins['Skins': 'Tea']

So, here we are again for another episode of 'Skins,' which has turned out to be the most controversial show of the year. My husband bet me I wouldn't have a gig next week if sponsors continue to drop off, but if this series follows the pattern of the British original, it's likely that even some critics will find the vulnerability that lies beneath the "teens behaving badly" series compelling. What makes the U.K. version so great isn't the partying, the sex, or the drugs; it's the conversations, the angst, the deeper questions that get posed and often go unanswered, much like they do in actual adolescence.

But getting back to this second episode, it showed much more depth than the first, largely by focusing on the intriguing Tea and her struggle to reconcile being a young, beautiful, semi-out lesbian and a responsible, pretending-to-be-straight daughter to a mobbed-up Italian father and a doting Jewish mother.

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