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Sex!! Drugs!! Rock & Roll!! Blue Jeans!! Teenagers!! A Trailer For MTV’s New Scripted SKINS!!

I am – Hercules!! While it’s getting its biggest ratings in years from “Jersey Shore” and “Teen Mom” (both spin-offs of the channel’s documentary anthology “True Life,” if I’m not mistaken) MTV wants back into the scripted game. “Skins,” clearly a scripted effort, hits MTV in January. It seems to be about fast-living teens. I think it might be a remake of a British show. It already looks better to me than that show about the nerd with the giant weiner.
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  • Oct. 21, 2010, 6:18 p.m. CST

    An American show based on a British show.

    by darthsynn

    That's a new one.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 6:41 p.m. CST

    MTV will NEVER get this series!

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    NOT saying SKINS was fresh, original, or well-acted, but its NOT Degrassi either!

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Fuck MTV

    by Hendrix4747

    Just go on Netflix and watch the first two british seasons. They're great.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Mixed feelings...

    by Mono

    I'm a fan of the original show. I had been under the false impression that the American version of Skins would surround an original cast of characters -- which fits fine with Skins' multi-generational format. (If you've watched it you'll know what I'm talking about.) This... this: an actual American remake of season one... is stupid. And a major disappointment. It's just not what I thought they were up to.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 7:54 p.m. CST

    worst. remake. ever

    by Stormwalkers

    I said the same thing about the US version of the Office, and apparently after Season 1 it actually became a good show. I attribute most of that to Steve Carell. But Carell isn't in this - so I think it's fair to say this is one of those remakes that; looks shit, and will stay shit. MTV will be trying to market this to a demographic packed full of digital natives - who have already seen the UK version either by torrent. Which means they will no doubt be disappointed by how unauthentic it is. The whole appeal of Skins is that it holds some sort of cultural authority. You can see MTV just doesn't "get it" by just looking at how they have cast the show - Stanley?!? Way to fuck a good show MTV. They should have just aired the UK version - cheaper and of better quality.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 8:22 p.m. CST

    When's MTV's UNDRESSED coming on dvd???

    by Acid_Frio

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 9:57 p.m. CST

    Bad Idea MTV!

    by mvckalel

    Having seen the first two seasons, I must say that those few minutes watching the "preiew", sucked! Bad acting AND casting. Shame MTV.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 10:16 p.m. CST

    Completely agree with all the comments

    by Sci-FiJunky

    From that preview it looks like an almost word for word, shot for shot remake of the original show. The Office at least went in a different direction. This show will tank, and deservedly so.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 10:25 p.m. CST

    Looks awful

    by slimballs

    but then again, the British version is awful as well. I won't be watching.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 10:37 p.m. CST

    So pale

    by Knockers

    By comparison. The Brit show ruled while the EmptyV version will have Chris live happily ever after. Kaya I'm waiting.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 11:27 p.m. CST

    LOL mtv

    by James Westfall

    It's still on?!

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 11:31 p.m. CST

    hey i liked the wiener show

    by Holodigm

    it actually got pretty damn hilarious in the second half...before that seriously wtf finale

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 1:29 a.m. CST

    This is like the US version of Coupling or something.

    by V'Shael

    They won't get it, the original was too mature/adult, and they are going for a direct remake of the same plots, scenes and jokes.<br /><br />Idiots.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 1:37 a.m. CST

    MTV just isn't the right fit for a show where

    by Hendrix4747

    the characters break into a rendition of Cat Steven's "Wild World" and do a play titled "Osama: The Musical".

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 4:28 a.m. CST

    Why is this network still branded as "MTV"?

    by FlandersBum

    Look, they can greenlight as many crappy reality and scripted shows featuring shallow, useless, stupid, lazy characters and bad role models all they want. I just wish they would change the name of the network. MTV in it's current state is raping my childhood memories of when it was a truly groundbreaking, innovative, exciting network. Now it's just shit.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 5:20 a.m. CST

    The Office


    <p>I'm probably wrong, but wasn't The Office pilot almost a word-for-word remake as well?</p><p>When I first watched Skins I wondered how they would change the characters and settings if they were to make an American version. Guess I'll find out now.</p>

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 5:46 a.m. CST

    not the first time an american show was based on a british one

    by RealDoubleJ

    Everyone has already called upon the money-making God that is the Office format but does anyone remember the American Fawlty Towers? Anyone laid eyes on the US Pilot of Red Dwarf?? Or, as a twist, has anyone seen the British version of Married...With Children?! *shudder* Now I'm going to hold up my hand & say I very much enjoyed British Skins well, up to series 2...then I felt too old for the new cast & far too attached to the old. I wish success for a Yankee Skins but the key success for the original program was the quality of acting they got from such a young cast. Putting children into adult situations is atypical but incredibly hard to pull off in that you believe the emotions you see cause everyone knows...80% of child actors can't act. They just look cute. As a warning, try and track down info on the american/canadian version of the saturday morning T4 cult hit that was 'As If' and see how it all fell apart based on who was cast.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 7:03 a.m. CST

    Surely you realise Herc ....

    by fpuk99

    .... that all of the shows you mentioned are 'scripted' to a certain extent?

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 7:21 a.m. CST

    Skins on BBC Brilliant

    by purplemonkeydw

    Why not just re-air on MTV...missed opportunity.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 7:45 a.m. CST

    You've never seen Skins? You're a TV reviewer!

    by aversiontherapy2

    It's a seminal series. UK TV isn't all Doctor Who and Stephen Fry you know.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 9:12 a.m. CST

    on a similar topic..

    by mrgreentheplant

    have any other americans discovered "the inbetweeners" on BBC America? it is so damn funny i had to buy a regionless dvd player so i could watch the seasons. apparently they're shooting an american pilot for that too... when they should really just rerun the originals.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Did anyone here actually watch The Hard Times of RJ Berger?

    by Grammaton Cleric

    It was a slightly above average teenage sex comedy....but...[BIG SEASON FINALE SPOILER]...A girl pining for RJ all season is hit by a bus and in hospital; a scenario that was initially played for laughs. Then, in the final episode, RJ has an epiphany that this comatose girl is "the one" he should be with. He goes to the hospital and has sex with her WHILE SHE IS COMATOSE. Then...she flatlines and dies shortly after?!? It was a weirdly super dark ending to a goofy, light hearted series. It felt oddly transgressive, which is supremely strange for an MTV comedy.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Try it

    by Knockers

    You Tube, Skins, Love. MTV, Skins, SUCK.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 10:44 a.m. CST

    The First series of Skins

    by Quin the Eskimo

    was a breath of fresh air.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 12:28 p.m. CST

    purplemonkeydw - Skins isn't on the BBC in England...

    by LordPorkington

    It's on E4, which is an off-shoot of Channel 4, the channel that brought us the brilliant Spaced and Brasseye. Unless you meant BBC America? In which case, that's totally different because they show stuff that isn't on the BBC.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 4:14 p.m. CST

    first 3 series are on netflix streaming

    by johnnysunshine

    If you want to check them out. It's a great show. The fourth series gets really depressing and ends with a complete wtf though. This trailer makes it look like the American version follows a lot closer to the plot of the first series than I would have guessed. Strangely, the dialogue here sounds a lot dumber to me without the British accents. Not sure about the actors, but will give this a chance.

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 10:51 a.m. CST


    by punto

    isn't this thing like 5 years old?

  • Oct. 23, 2010, 10:59 a.m. CST

    skins is like hollyoaks right?

    by JAMF

    both are a load of bbc3 style bollocks.

  • Oct. 24, 2010, 3:28 a.m. CST

    original series was good

    by orginal joker

    but it doesnt look like they've even bothered to adapt this to a new setting. complete rehash, plot doesnt seem to have changed at all.... why bother??

  • Oct. 24, 2010, 5:43 p.m. CST

    why can't they just air the british version

    by cornstalkwalker

    it's a great show, especially with the first cast. Oh well, more signs that the guys and galls at the top are out of touch with us viewers.