MTV Developing American Version of Raunchy, Brit Soap, Skins




That sound you hear is "Mainstream America" clutching her collective pearls. MTV is reportedly developing a U.S. version of the U.K.’s scandalously-raunchy, young adult soap Skins, according to Deadline.com. The series is slated for a January launch, according to the site.

The pilot for Skins— which allegedly is a pet project for MTV Vice Prexy Liz Gateley— is being written by Bryan Elsley, co-creator of the original series, and get this, actual teenagers will likely pen the scripts for the sudser! What? New blood involved in creating soap operas? Oh yeah, I forgot. Cable channels actually want their soaps to succeed. Check out a clip from the U.K. version of Skins after the jump. (May not be suitable for work!)


12 Responses

  1. Avatar of east.west
    east.west

     They can’t fuck up a show like Skins b/c the original is so brilliant. But given it’s going to be on the channel that use to be about music it’ll have pretty ppl and i’ll be whitewash American drama b/c that is how shallow that channel is.

  2. Avatar of pecola
    pecola

    [quote=east.west] They can’t fuck up a show like Skins b/c the original is so brilliant. But given it’s going to be on the channel that use to be about music it’ll have pretty ppl and i’ll be whitewash American drama b/c that is how shallow that channel is.[/quote]

    You’re right, it has been whitewashed–there are already pictures out there of the cast (that’s supposed to reflect life in Baltimore, no less) and it’s embarrassing. 

    For anyone who hasn’t seen Skins before, I highly recommend it…

  3. Avatar of alstonboy4315
    alstonboy4315

    My problem with these kinds of shows is trying to understand what the characters/actors are saying behind all of those HEAVY accents!! I recommend subtitles. Hope I didn’t offend anyone!!!

    I see nothing wrong with NORMAL looking people being featured on television. It’s not all about plastic-looking Barbie/Ken dolls, model good looks and biologically advantaged "gods and goddesses" prancing around the screen looking absolutely PERFECT. I’ll take regular looking people in a well-written, well-acted drama ANY day of the week over the status quo, which is usually not as well-written or realistic.

    Beautiful people don’t always equal GREAT television!!!!!!

  4. Avatar of josser
    josser

     Alstonboy,

    It’s a British show, made for Brits.    If you try watching it, you’ll see that the accents are not that thick.  Skins is an incredibly involving, richly entertaining show.    The episodes are written by teenagers with the help of adults.  

    I doubt MTV will have any thing nearly as provocative as the original Skins, which, while sometimes over the top, are very real about the emotional journey of the teen years.

  5. Avatar of alstonboy4315
    alstonboy4315

    I will give it a try………I always say that I will watch anything at least ONCE. It does seem more exciting than some of the American teen soaps that I have seen in the past decade.

  6. Avatar of Luke
    Luke

    I chuckled reading this because I actually added this show  to my Netflix instant queue, but have yet to actually watch it. Glad its quality. Will try to check it out this week

  7. Avatar of alstonboy4315
    alstonboy4315

    Rebecca–

    Sorry, I don’t see it— but the kid in the yellow and blue track suit looks like a young Ricky Paul Goldin—with a little bit of the rapper, Drake, mixed in!!!

  8. Avatar of robinstar
    robinstar

    [quote=RebeccaJ]Anybody else think that kid in the back in the obnoxious green t shirt looks like a young Ashton Kutcher?:)
    [/quote]

    That kid in the obnoxious green t-shirt is the kid from "About a Boy"!

    Skins is a brilliant show. I watched both of the seasons on Netflix in about a week. It’s not for the tame at heart, and I love that about it. MTV’s version will probably be so watered down it won’t even be recognizable.

  9. Avatar of ghaddict
    ghaddict

    OMG!!!! I freakin LOVED the original Skins….the first cast(pictured) was soooo good…..The last season (Trailer) sort of pissed me off though…Hated how it ended…..it was still good though….Don’t frack it up MTV!!!!!!

    also love BSG lol…

  10. Avatar of RebeccaJ
    RebeccaJ

    Hmmm, ok, I didn’t read the book and I’m not familiar with the movie either, so I think he just looks familiar cuz he looks like Ashton K..lol!

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