Skins

MTV has cancelled its new US version of Skins after only one season.

The network confirmed today that the controversial teen series will not return for a second season.

“Skins is a global television phenomenon that, unfortunately, didn’t connect with a US audience as much as we had hoped,” said MTV 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.”

The series outperformed another of MTV’s new commissions, The Hard Times of R.J. Berger, which was renewed for a second season.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

MTV will stick by its controversial North American version of Skins despite plenty of public outcry over the explicit nature of it.

The series, shot in Toronto last year, has copped criticism from the Parents Television Council who claims the show borders of child pornography.

“I think it’s always good when people are talking about you and people are certainly talking about (Skins),” MTV programing chief David Janollari told the Hollywood Reporter.

“Certainly Skins is a bolder step in the scripted direction for us,” said Janollari. “You’re always going to have haters. And MTV is no stranger to that kind of reaction, most recently with Jersey Shore and going all the way back to Jackass.”

Saturday Night Live has recently spoofed the series , to which Janollari is all for.

“It’s always flattering when you’re spoofed by SNL two weeks into your series run,” he said. “That’s great and that really helps.”

Source: Canada.com

Skins, the North American adaptation of the edgy U.K. series, begins tonight at 9 p.m. PT on Movie Central and 10 p.m. ET on The Movie Network.

The series is directed by Canadian directors Scott Smith (Call Me Fitz) and Samir Rehem (Testees), and features an ensemble cast that includes six Canadians in leading roles.

Skins is produced as a Canada/UK co-venture from Entertainment One and Company Pictures, in association with Movie Central and The Movie Network and with MTV in the U.S.

The series was shot in Toronto from August to December 2010, and is helmed by executive producer and showrunner Brian Elsley, creator of the original U.K. series.

In addition to Elsley, Skins is executive produced by Laszlo Barna, Margaret O’Brien and Michael Rosenberg of Entertainment One and Charles Pattinson, George Faber, Matt Jones and Chris Clough of Company Pictures.

Set in an urban North American city, the 10-part, one-hour drama follows the lives of nine classmates and their complex relationships, the politics of friendship and the difficulties of everyday high school life.

The group includes: Tony (James Newman), a good-looking, witty manipulator who wants everything and usually gets it; Eura (Eleanor Zichy), Tony’s younger sister who is mysterious, elusive, beautiful and completely in control, (while acting totally out of control); Tony’s girlfriend, Michelle (Rachel Thevenard), gorgeous and clever, just not clever enough to realize Tony may not be the right one for her; Tony’s best friend Stanley (Daniel Flaherty), who may just be the right one for Michelle; Cadie (Britne Oldford), possibly dysfunctional and stuck in a pretend relationship with Stanley; Chris (Jesse Carere) no drug is too obscure for him to try, no sexual mountain too high for him to climb; and Tea (Sofia Black-D’Elia), who complicates everyone’s life, and happens to like girls.

Rounding out the group are Abbud (Ron Mustafaa), whose parents would prefer he be at a mosque rather than a rave, and Daisy (Camille Cresencia-Mills), the responsible one in the group just itching to break some rules of her own.

Skins is a high-definition production that will be simulcast on The Movie Network and Movie Central’s High Definition channels. All new episodes will be available on demand and on The Movie Network OnLine following the network premieres.

This January, Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada) and Astral’s The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) are taking viewers inside the lives of a group of high school friends as they stumble through the mine field of adolescence, one raw, raunchy, wild step at a time.

Skins, the North American adaptation of the edgy U.K. series, begins Monday, January 17 at 9 p.m. PT on Movie Central and 10 p.m. ET on The Movie Network.

The series is directed by Canadian directors Scott Smith (Call Me Fitz) and Samir Rehem (Testees), and features an ensemble cast that includes six Canadians in leading roles.

Skins is produced as a Canada/UK co-venture from Entertainment One and Company Pictures, in association with Movie Central and The Movie Network and with MTV in the U.S.

The series was shot in Toronto from August to December 2010, and is helmed by executive producer and showrunner Brian Elsley, creator of the original U.K. series.

In addition to Elsley, Skins is executive produced by Laszlo Barna, Margaret O’Brien and Michael Rosenberg of Entertainment One and Charles Pattinson, George Faber, Matt Jones and Chris Clough of Company Pictures.

Set in an urban North American city, the 10-part, one-hour drama follows the lives of nine classmates and their complex relationships, the politics of friendship and the difficulties of everyday high school life. The group includes: Tony (James Newman), a good-looking, witty manipulator who wants everything and usually gets it; Eura (Eleanor Zichy), Tony’s younger sister who is mysterious, elusive, beautiful and completely in control, (while acting totally out of control); Tony’s girlfriend, Michelle (Rachel Thevenard), gorgeous and clever, just not clever enough to realize Tony may not be the right one for her; Tony’s best friend Stanley (Daniel Flaherty), who may just be the right one for Michelle; Cadie (Britne Oldford), possibly dysfunctional and stuck in a pretend relationship with Stanley; Chris (Jesse Carere) no drug is too obscure for him to try, no sexual mountain too high for him to climb; and Tea (Sofia Black-D’Elia), who complicates everyone’s life, and happens to like girls. Rounding out the group are Abbud (Ron Mustafaa), whose parents would prefer he be at a mosque rather than a rave, and Daisy (Camille Cresencia-Mills), the responsible one in the group just itching to break some rules of her own.

Skins is a high-definition production that will be simulcast on The Movie Network and Movie Central’s High Definition channels. All new episodes will be available on demand and on The Movie Network OnLine following the network premieres.

Entertainment One, Company Pictures and MTV, in association with Astral’s The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada), announced today that production is currently underway in Toronto on the North American adaptation of the U.K. drama series sensation Skins.

The 10-part, one-hour drama series will debut in January 2011 on MTV in the U.S. and on The Movie Network and Movie Central in Canada.

In association with MTV U.S., Skins is produced as a Canada/UK co-venture and was created by Bryan Elsley and Jamie Brittain, the father-and-son team at Stormdog Films. The series is based on the award-winning and edgy UK hit series and follows the lives of a group of charismatic, but troubled teens as they careen towards adulthood.

After open casting calls in both New York and Toronto – 1,000 teens turned up in each city – nine unknowns, aged 14 to 18 (three Americans and six Canadians) were cast in the lead roles. Now in its 5th season, Skins, which aired on E4 in the UK, quickly became a commercial and critical success, winning the 2009 BAFTA Audience Award and Best Drama Series at the 2008 Broadcast Awards.

Skins is co-produced by Entertainment One and Company Pictures, a division of ALL3MEDIA, the company that produces the U.K.’s Channel 4 series. Elsley is executive producing, along with Laszlo Barna and Michael Rosenberg of eOne and Charlie Pattinson and George Faber of Company Pictures.

(From a press release)

The first trailer for the upcoming US remake of British teen series Skins by MTV has hit the internet.

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Skins creator Bryan Elsley has been forced to defend a change to the upcoming US version of the teen series.

Unlike the British original, the character of Maxxie, played by Mitch Hewer, will not be a gay male but a lesbian character called Tea to be played by Sophia Black D’Elia.

“I understand the concerns [about the change],” Elsley said, “And I know that everyone loved Mitch. Skins is always cast from the kids that I have available. In other words, there’s a big open audition and the characters always emerge from what is there in front of me.”

Elsley explained that he had not found a male actor suitable enough for the US’s equivalent Maxxie character.

“I couldn’t find a kid who could bring the same tenor to the performance,” he claimed. “And I’d met Sofia and I started to think about things in a different way.”

“It just so happens on this occasion that there isn’t a gay male character in the central cast,” he added.

The US version of Skins will hits screens in 2011 on MTV.

Source: Digital Spy

MTV are set to add another remake to the tally with news the network is planning to adapt an English show.

The American network has set its sights on teen comedy series The Inbetweeners with plans for an American version in the works.

The news comes after MTV recently announced they were remaking Teen Wolf and hit E4 series Skins for the US.

The Inbetweeners series will feature original creators Iain Morris and Damon Beesley as executive producers who had previously been attached to an unsuccessful attempt at an American remake of the show.

The original series, centring on a group of youths at a London high school, has been airing in the US on BBC America.

Source: TV Tonight

English Teen drama Skins is heading for the big screen with plans for a movie well underway.

Producers of the E4 series have confirmed they will be taking the series to cinemas with a movie set to be released in September 2011.

The movie will feature a selection of characters from the first four seasons as well as introducing new faces into the mix.

Steve Christian, executive producer of the movie, believes the series is a perfect fit for the big screen but knows they still have a challenge on their hands.

He said: “The biggest critics of Skins are the Skins fans so it’s going to be a big challenge. The programme has this incredible fanbase despite all the characters changing.”

“Turning TV shows into films doesn’t happen so much these days, probably because there’s not the material out there.But what we don’t want to do is to make a 90 minute episode of Skins. It would be a complete disaster.”

Source: Guardian

 

 

MTV has picked up the pilot for the US version of UK teen show Skins.

In much the same fashion to the successful UK series, the remake will feature previously unknown teenagers as the main cast and use young writers to pen the scripts.

The series will be set in Baltimore and will have co-creator Brian Elsley on board as writer and executive producer.

Several name changes will take place for the character however with Cassie changing to Cadie, Jal to Cho, Side to Stanley, Abigail to Tabitha, Anwar switching to Abbud and Maxxie changing to a Hispanic character named Teo.

MTV’s Liz Gateley is ecstatic to have finally secured a US version.

“Skins is one of those rare shows that cuts through to its core audience with unusually authentic stories due to the unique writing and casting process that Bryan pioneered.

“Having personally pursued the U.K. project for almost two years, I am beyond thrilled to bring it to MTV in the U.S. We intend to preserve the authenticity of the British version and are excited to collaborate with the original team to develop stories that will speak to American youth.”

Source: THR