MTV Cancels Skins

Advertisers shunned show that depicted teens having sex, taking drugs
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 10, 2011 2:00 AM CDT
James Newman portrays Tony, right, and Sofia Black-D’Elia portrays Tea in a scene from Skins.   (AP Photo/MTV)
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(Newser) – MTV has pulled the plug on controversial sexed-up teen drama Skins after just one season. The much-talked-about US adaptation of the British hit, deserted by advertisers under pressure from the Parents Television Council, never attracted a huge audience, although it outperformed MTV's other scripted show, The Hard Times of R.J. Berger, which has been renewed, Entertainment Weekly notes.

"Skins is a global television phenomenon that, unfortunately, didn’t connect with a US audience as much as we had hoped,” MTV said in a statement. The PTC says the cancelation should serve as a warning for networks not to push boundaries. "Life would be easier if MTV and other networks would take the concerns of parents and families seriously before even beginning production on something like this," a spokesman said.

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