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MTV Cancels 'Skins'

Date June 09, 2011
Skins After 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...

Skins After 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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