We’re not sure if we should be excited about this or not. MTV has announced that they’ve secured the rights to produce and broadcast a U.S. version of DVR Life’s favorite teen soap, Skins. The original brit-com is chock full of kids swearing and having sex and doing drugs – everything actual teenagers do.
As we’ve said before, the series is about as close as any TV show has come to matching our actual teen years. That’s a pretty significantly awesome thing in our book. We’re hesitant at the thought of a U.S. network, burdened by much stricter obscenity laws and dogged by the religious right, remaking the series.
From the moment we first saw Skins on BBC America, it was love at first sight, even with all the edited language and blurred body parts. Then we wondered when someone would make a U.S. version. As season one and two ended and an extended haitus came about before they aired season three (which just finally premiere August 6th – still airing each Thursday at 9pm on BBC America), we thought a U.S. version would never happen…And didn’t really mind that much. The original is so fantastic and, upon months of contemplation, we came to the firm opinion that there was no U.S. network, broadcast, cable or pay, that could do the series justice.
All this time, though, apparently MTV and The CW were battling it out for the rights to create a U.S. version of the series. Not sure why it took two years for the brits to give the go ahead but I think maybe they made the correct choice. While The CW is the go-to network for bitchy teen dramas, their limited broadcast hours would force the show into either an 8 or 9pm time slot, which, especially for a broadcast network, would limit how much producers and writers could get away with.
Over at MTV, there’s talk of the new series being broadcast during late night hours, which would free the creative team up a bit. Their cable status also lends a bit more leeway to the situation. According to that Live Feed article, the network has other “boundary pushing” scripted fair in the works that the series could be paired with. Perhaps we’re seeing the birth of a good thing here. Late night teen dramas sounds like a fascinating option to me and, thinking back to my high school years, would have really liked late night options.
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