MTV Cancels Its Most Controversial Series

Jun 10, 2011  •  Post A Comment

MTV has canceled its most controversial series, Deadline.com reports. Based on the British hit drama of the same name, "Skins" will not see the light of a second season.

The article says, " ‘Skins,’ an adaptation of the praised British series, became one of MTV’s most talked-about shows ever when TV watchdog the Parents Television Council characterized it as possibly ‘the most dangerous television show for children that we have ever seen.’ It called on the Feds to open an investigation for possible child pornography and exploitation on the show, which, in keeping with the British original, employed (often underage) teen actors to play the characters of the same age. That led to a number of advertisers pulling from the show, but MTV stuck with it and aired the entire first season with small editing of the more explicit content."

The article notes that MTV said, in a statement, " ‘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."

The story adds, "Ratings-wise, ‘Skins’ was solid while not spectacular. It opened with 3.3 million viewers for its premiere, which followed ‘Jersey Shore,’ dropping half of it in its second episode. After several weeks of declines, the show’s numbers picked up toward the end of its freshman run, which wrapped with 1.2 million viewers for the finale."

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