June 10th, 2011
12:08 PM ET
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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