MTV cancels 'Skins'
June 10th, 2011
12:08 PM ET

MTV cancels 'Skins'

Surprise, surprise: MTV’s controversial show “Skins” won’t be back for a second season.

The program was adapted from the hit U.K. version, and the network says that it just never caught on stateside.

“‘Skins’ is a global television phenomenon that, unfortunately, didn’t connect with a U.S. audience as much as we had hoped,” MTV said in a statement to Deadline. “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.”

The show's first (and now only) season was a messy one, between the claims that it was too racy for its audience, some unimpressed reviews, a drop in ratings after the premiere and a company pulling advertising.

The Parents Television Council, which called for a federal investigation into the show for possible child pornography, said in a statement, “MTV’s decision to put ‘Skins’ on the air was a programming failure of cataclysmic proportions…The shocking content was trumped only by the fact that the program featured teenage actors and was marketed to teenage children. We are grateful to every member of the public who helped us drive an economic stake through the graphic content on the program, the likes of which never deserves to see the light of day again.”


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  1. Heaan

    That girl in the red outfit needs to discover what its like when your legs are behind your ears. Im sure none of these little punk boys know whats what.

    June 13, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  2. Matt

    Note to the PTC: funny how there are practically NO shows your merry band of wanna-be Puritans approves of on the air. Who's striking an "economic blow" against who exactly?

    June 12, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. fernace

    I truly wish MTV would go back to its original format: music!! I loved the dance-off shows, the accoustic concerts & of course the videos! The sorry line up of vapid drunklings, who think they're C-Lebs & teenage girls who get knocked up & outta control is Not entertainment. They are what I call "rubberneck shows"! People stop & stare like they do at a carwreck.It's so bad that 1 dude is famous for Lifting His Shirt! Is this a talent now?! Because I can do it too, & show off my spare tires, which I can make dance! That's at least as interesting as his abs!! Please MTV, bring back real talented artists & shows based on their performances! Thanks, a former fan !!

    June 12, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mick james

    Hey ! I resemble that remark ! I am a jigggaboo !

    June 12, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Snshine Girl *

    What exactly is this show about anyways? Is it some teenage reality show or what? Ive never seen/heard of it before. But from these comments it sounds terrible.

    June 11, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Don JJ

    They all can suck some jig-a-boos.

    June 10, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Come On

    I applaud the CNN entertainment blogs/writers for their "quickness" in reporting entertainment news like this one. I would make other comments about this article but Ive had my say on a few other blogs yesterday about it

    June 10, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. the_dude

    This show was lame even by mtv standards.

    June 10, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. CHRIS

    good because this crap is stupid.....

    June 10, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Blah Blah Blah

    That show was TERRIBLE! No wonder they cancelled it! Bad acting, horrible influence. Glad it got the boot. America isnt as bad off as I thought!

    June 10, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. warmfuzzies

    the show was awful!!! it could not compare to the original...and sure, they tried to stay away from copying the same plot as the UK but the acting and storyline were just too bland and boring.

    June 10, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jeff

    The British version was good. However, that mess on MTV was the worst crap I have ever seen. The acting was bad. The directing was distracting. The scripts were absurd. Good riddance!

    June 10, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • rex

      Yeah the UK version is much much better. I could not stand sitting through a single episode of the MTV version. The actors portrayals of these characters SUCKED!

      June 11, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Annie

      Hm, you're not the only one I've heard say that. Kind of makes me wanna go watch the UK version. Certainly can't be any worse than the acting in this version!

      June 13, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. RMRYZARC

    GOOD!!!!! MTV couldn't be original and make up a new story compared to the UK version. It was word for word the exact same!!!

    June 10, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roxy

      I agree!! I've watched all the UK seasons online, so when I saw the premiere on MTV I was immediately turned off...it was the EXACT same script, except for cheesy acting. Also, while teens do definitely get wild in the U.S., I think it's still to a lesser degree than they do in some European countries like the U.K. (especially with the legal drinking age difference).
      So the show just wasn't as relatable...how many U.S. teens do you know that rage like that?! Maybe they wish lol
      Even the clothes made no sense...the edgy, eclectic styles they wore made sense in the original Skins, set around London, but definitely not in the U.S. Just made them look ridiculous/even more drugged out lol

      Good call MTV! Stick to reality shows.... -__- lol

      June 10, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. LovedIt

    I loved this show! I'm sad to see that it won’t be back. It's too bad that suburban moms who shelter their children can't understand the reality of being a teen. And a side note, most of the suburban teens are the worst!

    June 10, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roger25

      You must be a teenager!

      June 10, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Selma

      I also liked the show and I am 26 years old. Teens are really like that and parents should be aware of it not just act like those things don't happen. How many of you actually watched that show??? Be real people...

      June 10, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. R. Kelly

    If these teenage actors need some work, I may have some things around the home they could do.

    June 10, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  16. San Jose

    Wow... that took a lot longer than expected! MTV put so much time into ads for this show and it was lame.

    June 10, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  17. LEE

    I am surprised they did that. MTV is all about how raunchy a show can be and that one was just that. Good for you MTV, I didn't think you had morals, but maybe you have a little.

    June 10, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      Don't kid yourself, this had nothing to do with morals, and everything to do with the lack of ratings the show was drawing.

      June 10, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darth Tater

      Now if we could just get them to cancel MTV.

      June 10, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |

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