MTV Skins, the racy teen series, will not be aired anymore. The network pulled the plug on the racy teen series just shy of a second season, MTV confirmed on Thursday.
The series had made television watchdogs raise their eyebrows in the beginning of the year, when it had started the broadcast in US. The series featured teens indulging in a lifestyle of drugs and sexual encounters which was deemed inappropriate by a section of US viewers. The show is a makeover of the UK hit under the same name. A host of advertisers including Taco Bell, Wrigley, Subway and General Motors had earlier pulled their commercials from the show scared by boycott threats. The show was described as 'child pornography' by Parents Television Council while it was on air.
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 network said in a statement.
British creator of the series had earlier defended the programme, calling it simple and old fashioned after the US show was met with criticism from several quarters.
It's about the lives and loves of teenagers, how they get through high school, how they deal with their friends, and also how they circumnavigate some of the complications of sex, relationships, educations, parents, drugs and alcohol. The show is written from the perspective of teenagers, reflects their world view, and this has caused a degree of controversy both in the UK and the USA, creator Bryan Elsley said in a statement, posted on MTV's website back in January.
It tries to tell the truth. Sometimes that truth can be a little painful to adults and parents, the show creator had argued.