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!)