This Just In: MTV Cancels Skins

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?

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56 Comments
  1. sarah says:

    It didn’t connect with a US audience because you a) cast bad actors unable to make a real connection to aforementioned audience and b) you neutered the show of everything that made it cutting edge and heartfelt.

  2. Henrique says:

    It’s simple, it sucked.

  3. Andrew says:

    You’re kidding! I loved this show :(

  4. Craig says:

    The first episode was terrible, but subsequent episodes got much, much better. The episodes focusing on Tea, Michelle, Cadie and Chris were all fantastic.

  5. tacos22 says:

    Not a fan of the remake, but I feel kinda disappointed just because I wanted it to stick around to annoy the PTC some more. Anything that annoys them is fine by me. Is that mean?

  6. Saarrr says:

    It’s not a surprise that they cancelled it. It wasn’t as good as the original UK Skins. It simply sucked, it was hell watching the whole season!

  7. danielle says:

    I’m glad! UK skins is the only one worth watching. I couldn’t even make it through ten minutes of a US version epiosde. So bad.

  8. Erin says:

    ““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. ”

    BECAUSE YOU **RUINED** IT!!!! If MTV would have obtained the rights to air the original UK series, it would have ‘connected’ a hell of a lot better than the garbage they produced (even if it was edited).

  9. John Berggren says:

    It’s rare that we adapt anything British particularly well. Are there many apart from THE OFFICE and SHAMELESS? Maybe BEING HUMAN??

    • Steven says:

      There’s All in the Family. And Cosby was based on the British show One Foot in the Grave. I agree that the US Shameless is amazing, but that’s because Showtime has been on an amazing streak of creating great shows.

    • Tusk says:

      Robin’s Nest=3’s Company. Steptoe and Sone=Sanford and Son. Pop Idol=American Idol.

      • Alex says:

        I think the UK version of Three’s Company was called Man About the House.

        • Miffy says:

          Yes, you’re right. What was unusual was that the US version followed the blueprint for spinoffs of the UK version, too.

          Man About the House -> Three’s Company
          Robin’s Nest -> Three’s a Crowd
          George and Mildred -> The Ropers

  10. Kim Anderson says:

    I’ll miss seeing them on T.V. I thought that they the story lines were pretty true to being a teen, and it’s sad that the U.S. couldn’t handle it. :(

  11. ggny says:

    any word on RJ Berger?

  12. Tavis says:

    I hated this show the instant the lesbian screwed the sleazy main dude.

  13. Amanda says:

    Tavis, that’s part of the UK storyline and doesn’t give a good reason to blame Skins US for you hating it.

    I just think it’s messed up how they didn’t even tell the actors before they told the internet.

    • loser says:

      huh??? in original UK version it was Maxxie (openly gay guy) who hooked up with Tony. They switched from main male character being heteroflexible/experimenting to him trying to bed a lesbian and succeeding. Instead of daring and innovative it was cliched and offensive. Good riddance!

  14. Monica says:

    The only reason I am happy that this remake was made, is because from this, alot more people found UK Skins and how great it is. But even though this is now thankfully dead, we have MTV’s version of The Inbetweeners to eventually suffer through.

  15. Antonio says:

    The US version sucked compared to the UK one but it gave me something to watch while the UK seasons flipped.

    Oh well.

  16. Linda says:

    I loved the British version but felt nothing about the American version after I watched the first episode. It wasn’t because of the age issue that so many people harped about -it was because it was so poorly acted. They should had hired real actors. And come up with an independent storyline with new characters. It was like watching a weak copy of what made the British version good. Plus they should never had tried to “American” it up -by changing the gender of Maxxie from male to female. Did they think America would be more open to a female gay character than a male. Don’t know they were so faithful to every other character type and recycled a lot of story -it showed how obvious they were. Not going to miss this one.

  17. Michael says:

    I knew this was going to happen as soon as they announced a US version of the show, the only good thing about the show is that it was filmed here in Toronto, Canada! The other problem is, they basically did a shot for shot remake, with minor adjustments to start making it their own.

  18. emily says:

    Skins US had potential, but no one wanted to give it a chance and that was the problem. If people would have actually sat down and watched it they would’ve enjoyed it.

  19. Mafalda says:

    i’ve been watching skins since it premiered in the uk and i watched the us version too and athought it wasn’t as good i didn’t think it was bad either! it just never stood a chance :/

  20. alexis says:

    Parents need to shut the f*** up.. its just a show so calm the f*** down

  21. Laura says:

    I have been watching the original series since it’s second season aired, and I was sort of looking forward to the new US version when I first heard about it.
    Honestly, I watched it and didn’t fall in love with it like the UK version, but after some episodes I began to get into it’s vibe.

    I think Michelle’s Episode in the US version really showed a turn around in the series’ quality and potential. I would of liked to have seen a second season, just to see what they could do with it and how they characters differed from their UK counterparts.

    Oh well, we still have Series 6 of Skins UK to look forward to.

  22. Devin says:

    Uh…well, I’m happy that’s over. The original was great and had been aired on BBC America and was well received and there was really no need for a remake. I am however, disappointed that Americans couldn’t accept the truth about modern teens. It’s not what we wanna see but it’s what’s happening. Your kids are having sex and they are doing drugs. Americans are entirely too focused on coddling their children and not enough on educating them on how to be human beings.

  23. Popop says:

    Finally. That remake really sucked.

  24. Eric says:

    No need to kill the franchise. Just reboot the show with an original storyline, and kids who can actually act. Set it in a different city too. Not every gritty American drama has to be set in Baltimore. ‘The Wire’ already covered the schools in that town.

  25. joey. says:

    Man! I really enjoyed Skins.. I saw the UK series 1-3 before watching this, and I thought the US was better.

  26. Kenzi V says:

    I first heard of skins when they released the US version, so I was a little more than sceptical when my sister reccomended I watched the UK Version. I was soon un-admittedly addicted to it . Here in the US, our society is way too sensitive and easily offended which holds back censorship in the majority of our films and television. Ultimately I find European humor and unbiased dialougue far more appealing.

  27. Dee says:

    Although I hate the US version, I have to admit, it had some pretty dope music. (judging from the bits of it I’ve seen)

  28. MikaylaaaaSheaaaa says:

    Gonna miss Skins :( Guess I’ll move on to the British version.

    I wish people in the US weren’t so…uptight.

    Oh well. I like British TV better.

    MTV sucks.

  29. britishskinslover says:

    so glad…I hate american skins

  30. britishskinslover says:

    it’s insane that Im an american but after I saw the american version of skins I was embarrassed to be one. I love my country but I hate the people in it and their sneaky little hypocritical ways. I was pretty much forced to watch the US version and I barely made it through the first episode before I barfed and shut it off forever.. I am a huuuge fan of the UK version and loved it so much..its my favorite show in the world and honestly it changed my life. when I heard US was coming out with a new version I was instantly enraged and hated it before I even saw it. yes our country is annoying and they act like they have to ban things in order to feel in control of themselves. jersey shore is so disgusting but no one complains about that! but it wasnt cuz of controversy that this show ended..its cuz it plain sucked. just like everyone says! the actors are so so terrible, and MTV made the show seem like its all about drugs and sex. too much emphysis on that. theres plenty of sex in the original, but it had a purpose. it was real and passionate. it meant something..it wasnt just forced and sloppy like the US actors made it out to be. they were so terrible that I actually laughed n cringed through the whole first episode. effy and tony are huge characters and without them, skins wouldnt even be a show. but the new tony and “eura” were boring and tried so hard to replicate the british stars that it made them seem ignorant. replicating the UK storyline is impossible and these actors knew it. they should be embarrassed that they even attempted to, and I hope they never get work in Hollywood again. especially that snobby little trashbag TEA who is supposed to be Maxxie. she is rude in real life and even though tony is like the main character, she made it seem like she was. she tried way too hard and she came off as if she was mocking all gays and their lifestyles. I hate that so many americans make the rest of us look bad. skins is a perfect example of that! hollywood has soooo much money but they will always be desperate for more. pure greediness. they suck at creating good shows that will actually survive on air, so they have to steal ones from the brits? theres a lot of things I dont like about british ppl, they are dirty, hygiene problems, creepy random diseases, and really rude, but I love that they are talented and natural at life. naturals at acting and making something believable. yes, I know all you brits hate us americans. and I can understand why. we are snobby too, rich, and constantly starting drama and so hypocritical! we barely have to work to become wealthy. but at least we can all agree about something: we both like skins, and we can come together to make sure that the US version stays off the air forever and is never heard from again :)) if I was nick hoult, kaya s, joe dempsie, hannah murray, or april pearson, Id be pretty upset that some little untalented losers tried to mock something so amazing that I helped to create. only the 1st and 2nd generation was special I think. the 3rd generation was predictable, boring, and that ugly creepy psycho franky chick ruined the whole the show. but skins UK is legendary..amazing, spectacular and so original! no country could recreate it, definitely not any mainstream losers in Hollywood :)

  31. Daisy says:

    Changing Maxxie from gay to a lesbian was a huge hint that this show was going to be the PG version of Skins.