MTV’s Skins Trailer Has Arrived

MTV has released the trailer for its version of the British teen drama, Skins. If this is the networks feeble attempt to launch and promote a new and exciting American version of Skins, then they have failed miserably. At least they have with this trailer.

In the trailer (embedded below) we are given a brief introduction to the pilot episode, premiering January 2011. The characters and the plot are exactly the same as the original pilot, which just screams boring and trite. I don’t want to see the same episode except with American accents. No, I want the same Skins-flavor but with new characters and new story lines. I want an edgy advertising campaign not something that is clearly afraid of the censors and the Parents Television Committee. Instead we have been given… this?

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Here’s hoping episode two of the U.S. Skins gives us something different, exciting, and original to enjoy.

Update: I just watched the extended sneak peek and I am still skeptical at best. The extended sneak peek aims to show off that edgy advertising I am hoping for, except because it recreates scenes from the original series, this trailer comes off as a cheap and kitschy imitation of the original series that I love so much.

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Your thoughts?

The Latest on Skins

Here is some somewhat late Skins news…

While Bryan Elsley wants you to give the U.S. adaptation of Skins a chance, the Series 5 cast of the U.K. version has been announced.

Well, this is what the cast looks like at least. Nothing has been revealed about their characters so you can’t pass any real judgments. But if there is one certainty, this new cast allows for Series 5 and 6 to have a different jumping off point than Series 3 and 4 because it is not weighed down by characters who were already introduced into the Skins universe (ahem, Effy.)

Share your thought on the new cast below.

Is Skins the Movie Ready to go?

The movie version of Skins initially made me skeptical. How could this possibly live up to the exceptional series? After all, we have all seen what happened to the Sex and the City franchise. And would the actors, especially Nicholas Hoult and Dev Patel who have achieved a huge degree of stardom since their Skins days, willingly reprise their roles?

The answer to that question is yes, according to this report. Hoult and Patel are reportedly ready to revisit their roles as Tony and Anwar respectively. There is no word if the other cast members are on board yet.

With Hoult and Patel on board, and if the writing is up to season 1 and 2 quality, and if the story is as mischievous as ever…

This is a lot of ifs. I’ll just have to wait and see what unfolds.

Skins comes to the U.S.

When MTV announced its plans to remake Skins in August, I knew this latest announcement was coming any day now. MTV has ordered 10 episodes of a more U.S. and probably censor friendly version of the U.K. teen drama Skins. There are no other details about the show, about where it is set or the characters, at this time.

Skins is one of my favorite shows. Its frank portrayal of teenagers living in Bristol makes Gossip Girl and The O.C. look like kindergarten. Even the somewhat disastrous Series 4 is eons better than a quality episode of Gossip Girl.

I’m going to try to not judge the American adaptation of the series, but it is going to be difficult. As usual, I will be recapping the show.

Are you excited for Skins to come to the U.S.? Can any American version really top this series?