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'Skins' Loses Sixth Sponsor, MTV Orders Dan Savage Show and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 24th 2011 6:00PM
SkinsSurprise, surprise: 'Skins' lost another sponsor.

Schick Hydro announced today that it would pull its ads from the controversial series "because some of this show's content is not aligned with Schick corporate guidelines," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Subway announced earlier today that it would yank its ads, following GM and Wrigley over the weekend and Taco Bell on Friday.

British executive Steve Morrison of All3Media, the company behind 'Skins,' said he stands behind the show. "On 'Skins,' I really have no idea specifically why advertisers are pulling out. But we stand behind what MTV has said and done about the hoopla," Morrison told THR. "The show in our view explores real world issues in a frank, responsible and legal way."

In other TV news ...

MTV has ordered a new series starring sex advice columnist Dan Savage. The show will follow the writer as he speaks at college campuses. We can hear the Parents Television Council complaints already. [EW]

The former MTV execs responsible for 'Skins' officially announced their new production company today. DiGa, from Tony DiSanto and Liz Gately, is developing projects with Nick Cannon, Jimmy Kimmel and Jill Martin. [THR]

Aussie actress Rachael Taylor has been cast on 'Grey's Anatomy.' The 'Transformers' star will play a major character's obstetrician. [TV Guide]

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Wrigley and G.M. Pull Ads From 'Skins'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jan 24th 2011 8:40AM
'Skins'The controversy surrounding MTV's teen drama 'Skins' shows no signs of abating. After the Parents Television Council (PTC) targeted advertisers last week, Taco Bell pulled its ads from the show, saying it was not a good fit for the company. Now, more advertisers are following suit.

According to The Wrap, G.M. pulled its ads from 'Skins' Friday, but despite placing the series on its "do not buy" list, advertisements for the Chevy Volt were apparently aired by mistake. A G.M. spokesman said the company's products would not appear on the series in future.

The third major advertiser to withdraw from the series, Wrigley, said that it decided to suspend advertising during the show "as it is never our intent to endorse content that could offend our consumers." The company said previous ads during 'Skins' were part of a broader advertising plan with MTV.

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Could MTV's 'Skins' Be Considered Child Pornography?

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 20th 2011 4:00PM
Skins, MTVUsually after the Parents Television Council decries something as scandalous, the fervor dies down after a few days. That's not the case with MTV's controversial new series 'Skins,' about a group of hard-partying, drug-taking, sexually active teenagers -- this time, the outcry has caused network executives to take a second look at the in-your-face show.

According to the New York Times, MTV higher-ups have ordered producers to tame down future episodes of the show, which is based on a similarly boundary-pushing U.K. series of the same name, for fear of violating federal child pornography laws. A source told the paper that on Tuesday, "a flurry of meetings took place" during which executives discussed the possibility of facing criminal charges if especially racy episodes were shown without editing.

The episode execs are supposedly most concerned about is the third, scheduled to air Jan. 31. A storyline involves one teen character taking erectile dysfunction medication, and the 17-year-old actor is shown from behind running naked down the street.

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FCC Approves NBCU-Comcast Merger, Syfy Renews 'Sanctuary' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Jan 18th 2011 6:30PM
NBCThe FCC has approved the merger of NBC Universal and Kabletown Comcast after year-long reviews of the matter.

According to Variety, the combination was passed with a 4-1 vote. Michael Copps, the Democratic commissioner, was the dissenting vote.

Concerns over the future of online video prompted Comcast to agree to conditions that aim to prevent anti-competitive harms.

"This is a proud and exciting day for Comcast," Brian Roberts, chairman and CEO of Comcast, said. "Our original vision for the combination remains intact so that consumers will benefit, and our competitors will be treated fairly."

In other TV news ...

Syfy has renewed 'Sanctuary' for a 13-episode season 4. According to the network, filming starts this spring with an expected fall debut. [Syfy]

The Brown family from TLC's 'Sister Wives' is on the move. The reality family has moved to Nevada to pursue new opportunities. [E! Online]

'Skins' debuted to 3.3. million viewers. A decent start, but nowhere near 'Jersey Shore' numbers. [Entertainment Weekly]

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'Skins' Series Premiere Recap

by Sandie Angulo Chen, posted Jan 18th 2011 11:10AM
Skins ['Skins' - 'Tony']

Followers of the British series may scoff and declare there's no need for an American version of this show, but I, who is mildly obsessed with the original (which airs on BBC America), encourage my fellow Tony Stonem fans to give this faithful-in-spirit adaptation a shot.

At the very least, it's refreshing to see a teen drama that doesn't focus solely on the melodramatic lives of the rich and privileged.

In case it wasn't clear about three minutes in, this series makes 'Glee,' with its occasional references to losing your virginity, girl-on-girl hook-ups and teen pregnancy, look like a Saturday-morning cartoon.

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'Skins' Lays It Bare: Teenagers Can Be Very Scary

by Stephanie Earp, posted Jan 17th 2011 5:00PM



Imagine 'Gossip Girl' without the money and glamour, 'Degrassi' without the PG rating, 'Risky Business' as a TV series, or 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High' for the Facebook era, and you'll have an idea of what to expect from 'Skins,' debuting tonight on MTV in the U.S., and on The Movie Network and Movie Central in Canada.

The show is a U.S. adaptation of a successful British series, allegedly set in Baltimore, but clearly shot in my hometown of Toronto. Maybe the Toronto backdrop is what brings 'Degrassi' to mind, but the connection goes deeper than that. We've gotten used to TV teens being completely different from real teens -- they don't get acne, they dress impeccably, and spend their time fighting and/or dating vampires. As with early 'Degrassi,' the characters of 'Skins' have much more in common with the jerks we ourselves once were, and the jerks some of us are raising. They are messy eaters, they wear drugstore makeup, and go to school in jeans, not Prada.

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The Cast of MTV's 'Skins' Plays 'Two Truths and a Lie'

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 17th 2011 1:00PM
'Skins' MTVWhat do we know about the cast of MTV's 'Skins,' which premieres tonight?

Not much, to be honest, since the network cast largely unknown high schoolers. Wait a sec -- teenagers playing teenagers? How novel!

We decided to remedy that by getting to know the cast with a fun ice-breaker game, Two Truths and a Lie. Each cast member told us two things that were true about themselves, along with one thing that was absolutely false. Then their castmates guessed which was which.

Do you know who still turns to childhood toys for comfort? Who's dyed her hair multiple colors? And exactly how many pairs of shoes do these girls own? Find out after the jump.

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MTV's 'Skins' Cast Responds to PTC Claims (VIDEO)

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 14th 2011 11:00AM
MTV Skins castYesterday, the Parents Television Council declared MTV's 'Skins' to be "the most dangerous show for teens."

TV Squad caught up with the young actors, who were already well aware of their newfound "dangerous" label. "In a good way we're dangerous -- dangerously in love," joked Ron Mustafaa, who plays Abbud. "We're dangerously sexy," added Danny Flaherty (Stanley).

In all seriousness, though, the teenage cast was very insistent that their hard-partying onscreen alter-egos can provide some real lessons for their peers and parents alike. "It would even be a great conversation opener," Flaherty said.

Besides, the show hasn't even premiered yet. "These parents haven't seen the show as far as I know, they've seen previews," said Rachel Thevenard (Michelle). Indeed, PTC President Tim Winter's complaint took special note of the marketing campaign, saying it "makes light of lying to parents and participating in all manner of harmful, irresponsible, illegal and adult-themed behavior."

Judge for yourself when 'Skins' premieres on Monday night at 10PM on MTV. In the meantime, watch our video to see what else the cast had to say about the PTC's statement.

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PTC Blasts 'Skins,' 'Alcatraz' to Begin Shooting Next Week and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 13th 2011 1:00PM
SkinsNotorious buzz-killers the Parents Television Council are at it again, calling MTV's new 'Skins,' which debuts on Monday, "the most dangerous show for teens."

According to The Hollywood Reporter, PTC President Tim Winter said in a statement, "The marketing campaign itself makes light of lying to parents and participating in all manner of harmful, irresponsible, illegal and adult-themed behavior. The trailers we have seen thus far make sexual objects of almost every single one of its characters and asks not only for viewers to approve, but to actively participate by posting their own secret stories."

MTV probably isn't too worried about it, though, considering their ads seem to have been designed to incite controversy anyway.

UPDATE: Watch the 'Skins' cast respond to the PTC claims here.

In other news ...

J.J. Abrams revealed that 'Alcatraz' is set to begin shooting next week. The Fox pilot, which stars Jorge Garcia, will film starting Jan. 19. [THR]

Syfy's new series 'School Spirits' will examine haunted high schools and colleges across the country. The Mark Burnett-produced show is currently in development and will feature interviews with students, staff and faculty who have witnessed paranormal occurrences. [Variety]

Showtime is in talks to develop a docuseries about the San Francisco Giants. The Mike Tollin-produced show would follow the World Series-winning baseball team. [Entertainment Weekly]

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British 'Skins' on DVD Giveaway

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 11th 2011 5:30PM
SkinsYou're probably well aware that MTV's version of the U.K. hit 'Skins' premieres on Monday (what with the ever-more-frequent promos hitting the web). But before you inevitably become obsessed with the exploits of a hard-partying group of American teens, why not catch up with their British predecessors?

These U.K. high schoolers tackle normal teen issues like relationship woes and college admissions, but they also find themselves dealing with some more intense problems like mental illness, homelessness and prison. You know, the usual.

Today marks the release of 'Skins' Volume 4, the second half of the second-generation cast's adventures. The school year gets off to a bad start for the teens when a classmate commits suicide at a popular club while high, but believe it or not, that's not even the most shocking thing they deal with during the fourth season.

To get you caught up with the entire series, we're giving you a chance to win all four volumes on DVD.

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MTV's 'Skins' Gets a Longer (and Better) Trailer

by Jean Bentley, posted Dec 8th 2010 5:30PM
'Skins'Prepare to let out a tentative sigh of relief, 'Skins' fans, because the latest trailer for MTV's new series makes the show look less like a carbon copy of its (probably) superior British predecessor and more like a series in its own right.

From now on we're basing all our pre-show opinions on the just-released clip, if only because it keeps us from crying ourselves to sleep every night wondering exactly how much MTV's going to screw up our beloved show. In fact, we like where this is heading.

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'Skins' Gets Racy Promo Pics

by Jean Bentley, posted Dec 1st 2010 6:15PM
'Skins'Even the 'Gossip Girl' ad department would be scandalized by the latest batch of promo pics for MTV's 'Skins' adaptation.

The racy new ads, posted on the show's official Tumblr, use language a tad saltier than 'Gossip Girl''s infamous OMFG. Think the "F" from that acronym, but fully spelled out across a scandalous photo.

With the new show premiering on Jan. 17, MTV has been kicking up its ad campaign to full gear. American 'Skins' (not to be confused with the original British version) has its own Twitter and Tumblr.

Are you getting excited for the show? Read our interview with creator Bryan Eisley here, check the 'Skins' Twitter and Tumblr accounts for the latest photos, and watch some TV spots after the jump.

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MTV's 'Skins' Preview: Creator Talks Remaking the British Teen Drama

by Sandie Angulo Chen, posted Nov 2nd 2010 4:30PM
Skins MTVFans of the edgy British teen drama 'Skins,' which airs in the U.S. on BBC America and is also available on DVD, probably already know that the hit series is being adapted for American audiences by MTV and producer/creator Bryan Elsley.

But what even smug "original fans" may not know is that, like the U.S. version of 'The Office,' the U.S. edition of 'Skins' will not feature one-for-one copies of the U.K. show's cast or story lines.

We spoke to Elsley about what current devotees of 'Skins' should know before the MTV version premieres in 2011.

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Watch the Trailer for MTV's American Version of 'Skins'

by Jean Bentley, posted Oct 21st 2010 6:00PM
'Skins'Though it worked for 'The Office,' there have been about a gajillion ill-advised American remakes of famous British TV shows that don't fare so well. The occasional gem will shine through, like the aforementioned 'Office' or January's promising-looking 'Shameless,' but others, like 2003's 'Coupling,' bomb worse than Bill O'Reilly on 'The View.'

As for MTV's upcoming remake of the gritty teen drama 'Skins,' well, it's up in the air. The footage seems to be from the first episode, which follows the plot of the U.K. version nearly exactly -- though thankfully they didn't use the same exact script. (British humor doesn't always translate when delivered in an American accent.) But will it go the way of 'The Office' or of 'Coupling'? Watch the new trailer and judge for yourself.

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'Skins' Volumes 1-3 DVD Giveaway

by Alicia Roda, posted Sep 10th 2010 3:00PM
There's no denying that BBC has an uncanny ability to produce fantastic TV programming. More specifically, we're referring to hit series 'Skins' (now airing on BBC America), which has been wildly popular with critics and audiences since its premiere in 2007 on British TV Station E4.

If you're totally lost, here's what you need to know:

'Skins' is a British teen drama that tackles important (and generally controversial) youth issues, like sexual identity, drug abuse and eating disorders. It's 'Gossip Girl' multiplied by 10, so if you think that show is risque, you ain't seen nothin' yet. The racy, no holds barred plot lines are well-acted, captivating, salacious and, above all, relevant - and viewers can't get enough!

Now in its fifth season, the award-winning series has been a career-launcher for a bevy of up-and-coming British stars. Among the most notable of the bright young actors who've made their mark on 'Skins' are Nicholas Hoult ('About a Boy') and Dev Patel ('Slumdog Millionaire').

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