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Friday
Jun102011

MTV Cancels Controversial Teen Drama 'Skins'

John Rogers/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- MTV has scuttled Skins from its lineup.

The racy teen drama, which drew the ire of the Parents Television Council when it premiered earlier this year for its depiction of underage sex and drug use, has been canceled after just one season, according to Deadline.com.

MTV says of its adaptation of the hit British series, "Skins is a global television phenomenon that, unfortunately, didn't connect with a U.S. audience as much as we had hoped."

Following the debut of Skins, which was rated MA for mature content, the PTC asked the chairmen of the U.S. Senate and House Judiciary Committees, as well as the Department of Justice, to investigate the show for child pornography and exploitation.  The show subsequently lost a number of advertisers, including Taco Bell and the Wrigley Company.

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Wednesday
Jan262011

PETA Offers to Fill Ad Void for Troubled MTV 'Skins' Series

Photo Courtesy - MTV Networks(NEW YORK) –MTV has said they will not cancel their controversial series Skins, despite a decline in ratings and the loss of several advertisers.

As six advertisers have come out against the scripted series, PETA has stepped up, saying they will help to fill the void with a 30-second spot that plays off of the show’s title.

“In light of the uproar surrounding the explicit content of MTV's new teen drama, Skins, and the show's resultant loss of sponsors, PETA is offering the network a chance to get some positive media attention as well as save animals' skins,” PETA said in a statement.

Meanwhile, MTV addressed the show's controversy in a statement.

“MTV stands by the U.S. adaptation of Skins and the vision of its creator Bryan Elsley,” the network said. “Skins has earned the loyalty of fans across the globe for its thoughtful and honest portrayal of teen life today. An internationally acclaimed scripted drama, the show has been honored with a long list of prestigious awards."

MTV has said that they will air all 10 of the episodes scheduled for this season.
 
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Friday
Jan212011

Parents Television Council Calls for Investigation of MTV Series 'Skins'

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto/MTV Networks International(LOS ANGELES) -- MTV got under the skin of the Parents Television Council with the debut of its new series Skins, about high school teens dealing with issues such as sex and drugs.

The PTC is asking the chairmen of the U.S. Senate and House Judiciary Committees, as well as the Department of Justice, to investigate the show for child pornography and exploitation.

The organization says, "In addition to the sexual content on the show involving cast members as young as 15, PTC counted 42 depictions and references to drugs and alcohol in the premiere episode," which aired Monday.

The controversy has already turned off Taco Bell, which has pulled its ads from the show.  A rep for the fast-food chain tells The Hollywood Reporter, "Upon further review, we’ve decided that the show is not a fit for our brand and have moved our advertising to other MTV programming."

The New York Times reported that network executives met Tuesday to discuss whether the show could violate pornography laws.  Skins is based on a British TV series of the same name.

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