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Oh Well! MTV Cancels Skins!

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Can't say we didn't see this coming, but we know there are more than a few of you out there who will be somewhat disappointed.

MTV just announced that they are canceling their adaptation of the British show Skins after only one season. The show had a rocky start, plagued by low ratings, bashings from parental groups and advertisers quickly pulling their ads because of its racy content. Still, MTV stands by their decision to air the show and released this statement on its cancellation:

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

Whomp, whomp!

If you are one of those kids in the show's "core audience" and you haven't already, fill the void by watching the U.K. series. It is masterfully written and we think by watching it you'll have a better appreciation for what the U.S. show had to live up to!

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Creator Of Skins Quits! What Will Happen To The Series?

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Aw man! It will be a shame to see him go!

The future of the smash UK series Skins has gone into jeapordy now that it's been announced that series creator Jamie Brittain has called it quits, with a spokesman for the network Channel 4 revealing:

"Jamie has decided after five hit series to move on to write new projects and we wish him well. Skins is written by a team of young writers who are hard at work on the new series which is currently in pre-production."

And Brittain himself elaborates:

"I've just said everything I wanted to say. It's time for new writers to come forward and portray their truth about teenagers. I'm really sad to leave, but I'm confident that the writing and production team I've left behind will do an awesome job."

With him gone, as well as his co-cretor Bryan Elsley having left to work on the American remake, current assistant producer Toby Welch and script producer Neil Ducan have taken over running the next season, but if ratings don't improve, that could be the last!

We certainly hope not! Here's hoping that the new writers can breathe some fresh air into the series, and it will leave to see another generation of disillusioned teens!

What do U think?? Has Skins passed its prime?

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New Pics From The Set Of Brit Brit's Till The World Ends!

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Oh man! This look HAWT!

Check out some pretty FIERCE screencaps of Britney Jean Spears, clad in leather and filming the music video for the second single off of Femme Fatale, 'Till The World Ends (above)!

We have a feeling that this is going to end up being gurl's sequel to her I'm A Slave 4 U video!

Either that, or her interpretation of an episode of Skins! Either way, fine by us!

We cannot WAIT for this to premiere in a few days!

C'mon, gurl, we're ready to see some serious dancing till the world ends!

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MTV Skins GAINS An Advertiser

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And it isn't a weird drug or something totally gross. Well, that last part might be a matter of opinion.

MTV proudly welcomed White Castles to the very short list of advertisers who've agreed to run commercials during their still controversial show, Skins.

The fast-food chain ran a bunch of ads, amidst mostly promos for other MTV shows and movie trailers.

Hey! It's a start! If they get a big boost in ratings for the show's final episode, maybe more companies will follow-suit.

Wonder what made the home of the what you crave decide to reach out during Skins? Do a lot of stoners watch this or something???

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Who's Even Left? Skins Loses MORE Sponsors!

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Wow. It's almost painful, watching this show die its slow, painful death.

Although both Red Bull and Clearasil both maintained that they would not follow the path of other traditional marketers and shun the controversial MTV remake of the British TV series, Skins, neither product had commercials in last night's episode, which also garnered less than one million viewers once again!

We guess it can't be the "most dangerous show" on television if no one is watching it!

Oh well. If by some miracle, this series does survive and get a new season, we hope that they start with what little originality they mustered this season and expand upon it, instead of just clumsily rehashing and watering down the original again.

Maybe then they can secure a fanbase instead of pissing off the fans of the original and ostracizing new viewers.

It's your choice, guys! Just saying!

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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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Criticism For The Joy Of Teen Sex

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Very inneresting debate going on!

Channel 4 in the UK is being criticized for it's show the Joy of Teen Sex. The channel, which was first to air Skins and Queer as Folk, both controversial for their content, is standing by their program.

Here are some of the complaints:

"The advice given to program participants left little room for exploration, choice, and the right to refuse sexual activity that doesn’t appeal to them."

And a description of some of the things depicted:

"The series, which began airing at the beginning of the year in the 10 p.m. slot, features a series of young adults being given advice on first-time anal sex, improving lesbian sex, the use of sex toys and information about genital embellishment. It has featured scenes where a 17-year-old girl is given explicit images of intercourse to develop her range of sex skills, a 20-year-old boy is advised how to deal with the pain of anal sex and a young woman is seen having a plaster-cast made of her vagina."

Now, we do understand the benefit of pushing boundaries, but usually when a certain balance is in order. We agree that because of the such young people being featured that, yes, maybe there should be other alternatives and options presented like mentioned earlier. This does not, however, mean that it should be pulled off the air!

There will always be controversy floating around the idea of sex and sex education. There will never be just one consensus on the subject. If this show offends you, don't watch it. Talk to your teens, let them know they shouldn't be watching it either.

Communication is key!

Channel 4 isn't being silent about the stir, and responded that the show is providing additional education support to things not seen in schools.

They also said:

"We realize that this type of programming will not always appeal to everyone. However, Channel 4 is always willing to listen to the concerns of viewers and interested parties following its broadcasts and we will correspond with the authors of the letter directly about their concerns."

We are glad that they are handling this gracefully, and not pulling the show on a knee-jerk reaction. The show only started near the beginning of the year, and it seems like many aren't sure what it could be or even realize if there is a certain potential yet!

All this buzz about it is just going to get people to watch it more, too!

What do U think about all this??

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