Skins, the controversial teen drama based on the hugely popular UK series, has been cancelled in the US after just one season. Skins failed to record high enough viewing figures to green light a second season, according to the network.
Despite a huge buzz surrounding the U.S version, Skins faced the obstacle of being rated Tv-MA, meaning the show couldn't be broadcast before 10pm. In a statement announcing the cancellation, MTV said, "Skins is a global television phenomenon that, unfortunately, didn't connect with a U.S. audience as much as we had hoped. We admire the work that the series' creator Bryan Elsley did in adapting the show for MTv, and appreciate the core audience that embraced it". Elsley created the UK series of the show with his son Jamie Brittain in 2007, but was often criticised for the controversial content featured on the programme. The television writer defended the show, dubbing it "a very serious attempt to get to the roots of young people's lives. It tries to tell the truth. Sometimes that truth can be a little painful to adults and parents".
The cancellation of Skins makes way for a collection of new shows scheduled to premiere on MTv this fall. The network will air a US version of the hit British comedy series 'The Inbetweeners', while 'Good Vibes' and 'Death Valley' will also make debuts.