Oh no. America is getting its greedy mitts onto Skins.
MTV will create a US version of the show to be set in Baltimore, Maryland (same setting for The Wire).
Co-creator Brian Elsley will be writing and executive producing the U.S. version and plans to continue the model of using teen writers on the show.
Guess that’s the positive bit.
There’s just something about the British storytelling that doesn’t feel the same as American sensibility. The kids weren’t glammed up and it’s even shot in a way that captures Bristol’s working class.
Most importantly, when it aired on BBC America, it censored the raciest parts (and even had some captions so the audience could understand dialects.).
“Skins is one of those rare shows that cuts through to its core audience with unusually authentic stories due to the unique writing and casting process that Bryan pioneered,” said MTV’s Liz Gateley.
“Having personally pursued the U.K. project for almost two years, I am beyond thrilled to bring it to MTV in the U.S. We intend to preserve the authenticity of the British version and are excited to collaborate with the original team to develop stories that will speak to American youth.”
The Hollywood Reporter notes that fans of the U.K. version might have preferred if a ‘less content restrictive U.S. network’ than MTV had gained the rights.
The third series finally screens in Australia on SBS next Monday at 10:30pm.