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Where Did MTV Go Wrong With Skins??

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Yeah. We have a feeling that there probably won't be a second season. Which is probably for the best.

With the exception of the surprisingly thoughtful and well-written fourth episode, we think everyone can agree that the US adaptation of the series Skins has sucked pretty hard, and as proof, last week's episode garnered less than a million viewers! And although some suggest that the only reason MTV is keeping the show on the air is to reinforce its status as an 'edgy' network, it sounds as though the controversy surrounding it isn't even resonating with their demographic!

Dan Isett, the director of public policy for the Parents Television Council, complains:

“At this point, the only advertising that you see on the show, aside from Clearasil, are movie trailers and various direct marketing type of things. So, there’s virtually no mainline commercial support for this show. There’s no economic reason to keep ‘Skins’ on the air. If I were a Viacom shareholder, I’d be upset that my corporate management is going out of their way to lose me money by putting on this show.”

And TV critic Ben Mandelker continues:

“Quite frankly—no one I know watches ‘Skins.' Absolutely no one is talking about ‘Skins’ on the Internet. Maybe in some forum, somewhere, but it’s not being talked about on Vulture, Gawker—I’m not seeing links on Facebook, I’m not seeing things on Twitter. I forget the show is even on. I don’t even know when it’s on, to be honest. If you’ve seen pictures of this cast, they look sickly. Not only do they look sickly, they actually look their age—and they’re all shirtless. There’s sort of an ‘ick’ quality to it. And 'Skins' seems to take itself very, very seriously. Ever since they first started showing ads for it last year, it just didn’t make sense. You just saw all of these wasted, malnourished kids …, and it just wasn’t appealing. It totally misses the mark, whether it’s because it gives you that ‘icky’ feeling or because it doesn’t look like a fun show.”

Ouch! A sad truth, unfortunately.

Perhaps if the network had spent less time trying to make it as controversial as possible, they could have instead focused on writing a series that actually applied - and felt relevant - to American teenagers, which is what the UK series did so well. It took the time to make the characters REAL and honest, and for the most part, we've yet to see that in the adaptation.

That's why we liked the Cassie Cadie episode so much. It took the idea from the original, and modified it to create a very specific, relevant - and touching - statement on our country's tendency to overmedicate our youth. Unfortunately, the other episodes have yet to make that kind of impact, and we doubt that the ones to come will be able to, either.

Such a shame. It really had so much potential.

What do U think?? Are U still watching Skins??

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Bullshiz! American Skins Changes Maxxie Character Into Lesbian!

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We knew they were going to eff this show up royally!

The American basterdization reimagining of UK smash series Skins hasn't even finished filming, and yet there's already some pretty HOrrific news regarding some changes made to the characters!

Almost all of the main characters from the first season of the series have been kept the same, with a few name changes (Sid is now Stanley, Anwar is now Abbud, Jal is now Korean and named Cho, and Cassie is Cadie).

Early casting sides also described the Maxxie character as an openly gay Latino boy, Teo.

However, we've gotten wind that somewhere down the line, Teo was changed into a LESBIAN cheerleader named Tea!

WTF?

And worse yet, according to a recent version of the pilot episode - which they're directly ripping off from the first one in the UK series - they haven't even bothered to redefine Maxxie's relationship with Chris and Anwar now that it's a lady.

Here's an excerpt:

INT. SPORTS HALL. MORNING

Cheerleaders are rehearsing a stupid, but intangibly arresting routine in an otherwise empty hall. Track down the line of loveliness. Somewhere a phone is ringing.

CHEERLEADERS: (CHANTING) Roundview… We love you!!! Aha! Ahu! Love you, Roundview!! Say what?!! Say Huh!!! Say what! Say huh!! Say who! Roundview…!

The camera comes to rest on TEA (17), an unusual looking but nevertheless beautiful girl.
The CHEERLEADERS spin out into immaculately coreographed individual spins and group turns. TEA presses a BLUETOOTH RECEIVER. Cheerleader continues around her.

TEA: Hey Tony…
TONY: [PHONE] Forget the big gay night out Tea. We need you.
TEA: Sorry Tony, I promised Chris and Abs I’d take them on a voyage of wonder and discovery…

Absolutely obnoxious.

Once again, we feel as though this is another case of the US unable to handle an honest depiction of a male gay teen character!

Lame!

What do U think?? Should Maxxie have been changed to a girl??

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