The Parents Television Council is not surprised by the network's decision to axe the racy TV series that 'unfortunately, didn't connect with a U.S. audience as much as' it was hoped.
"Skins" could not last long in the U.S. since MTV has announced its decision cancel the show after only one season. Adapted from the U.K. show of the same name, the new TV series became talk of the town in the past year for featuring underage kids using drugs, drinking alcohol and having sex.
"Skins is a global television phenomenon that, unfortunately, didn't connect with a U.S. audience as much as we had hoped," the network admitted. "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."
The Parents Television Council, which had sounded its objection about the show earlier this year, is the one happy with the cancellation. "We're pleased that MTV has made a responsible decision," PTC director of corporate and government affairs Dan Isett said before adding, "That's not something you can always say about MTV."
In his evaluation, Isett concluded, "It's not always true that controversy simply draws an audience." He further told The Hollywood Reporter, "We're certainly hopeful that this will be a message for future producers that there are some lines that shouldn't be crossed."
"Skins" was premiered on January 17 this year and starred mostly young actors below 19. After airing its first episode, MTV asked producers to tone down an episode, which was supposed to feature 17-year-old Jesse Carere running down the street naked from behind, for fear that it may break child pornography laws.