June 10, 2011- The UK version of Skins was a huge success and did so well that a U.S. version was made by MTV. While the UK version is getting prepared for its sixth season, the US version has been cancelled after only one.
In January 2011, Skins USA debuted to an audience of over 3.3 million but by the end of the season the last episode only received 1.2 million viewers. The show’s content included lots of alcohol and drug abuse, sex and other controversial issues. Because of the content the Parents Television Council complained vehemently against the show saying it was inappropriate to include underage actors in the roles implying it risked breaking the laws of U.S. child pornography.
Things got even worse when a lingerie shoot for Elle magazine was done by young cast members. This caused an incredible uproar resulting in companies like Wrigley and Taco Bell pulling their advertising from the show. MTV representatives say that the concept is a global one but it just did not connect with audiences in the U.S.
The shows creator, Bryan Elsley said the show was written from the teenager’s perspective and reflects their view on the world causing controversy both in the UK and in the U.S. and that truth can sometimes be painful to both parents and other adults.