Skins USA: What To Expect

 Skins USA: What To Expect

When MTV announced they were adapting E4's Skins, the controversial UK teen drama that displays gratuitous sex; violence; and heavy drug use on a regular basis, I was in the forefront of an angry fanbase screaming "Why?!" in unison. How could they possibly transfer Skins over to the U.S., where teen soaps rule the roast, without botching what made it a gem in the first place? It was deemed impossible and not worthy of a lot of fans attention.

Then news of the original co-creator Bryan Eisley's involvement helped turn my judgement around. Later, my interest was really peaked when I found out the original behind the scenes format of the U.K. version (young writers, unknown cast, etc.) would still be in play with the American version. In short, I came to my senses pretty quickly to the idea of an American version of Skins, musing that this adaptation could actually work.

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Jan 11, 2011 1:51PM EST

The reason, I think, that skins did so well here in the UK is because its so realistic. I think there have already been shows showing what teen life in America is like. I will watch it with no prejudices, and if it is well done it will be well done, however, I don't think it will be the same as there are huge differences between US and UK teen life.

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