MTV will not be moving forward with a second season of its racy teen drama Skins. The news is not particularly surprising considering it’s been almost three months since the series ended its freshman run.
“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.”
Skins, an adaptation of the praised British series, became one of MTV’s most talked about shows ever when the Parents Television Council characterized it as possibly “the most dangerous television show for children that we have ever seen.” It called on the Feds to open an investigation for possible child pornography and exploitation on the show, which, in keeping with the British original, employed (often underage) teen actors to play characters of the same age. A number of advertisers pulled out of the show, but MTV stuck with it and aired the entire first season with only minor tweaks to some of the more risque scenes.
Ratings-wise, Skins was solid while not spectacular. Its post-Jersey Shore premiere garnered 3.3 million viewers, but half of the audience vanished the following week.
Thoughts? Disappointed? Happy? Indifferent?