Articles for Skins Season 1

Skins, the award-winning British comedic teen drama from Company Pictures, is now coming to U.S. audiences.  The series, which is one of E4‘s flagship programs in their attempt to start showing more British content on their channels, will be aired on BBC America starting August 13 at 9pm ET/PT.Expect teenagers to grab life by the balls in the hot new drama Skins.  Created by Jamie Brittain and Bryan Elsley, the series revolves around the lives of a group of friends, consisting of 16 to 19-year-olds who live in Bristol.  Described as a representation of the everyday lives of adolescents, each episode features a self-contained theme that focuses on each different character, while leaving room for several story arcs that span different episodes.  In each episode of Skins, there is also a short accompanying montage of that episode‘s central character. Read more »
Today the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation released its nominees for the 20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards. Aside from the usual television nominees like The L Word and Ugly Betty, there was one atypical nominee: Supernatural.The GLAAD Media Awards have a special category for an individual episode of a show that doesn‘t feature a regular gay character. Supernatural was nominated for “Ghostfacers,” the faux reality TV series episode that featured intern Corbett (current 90210 jock Dustin Milligan) who had a gay infatuation with Ed, resulting in the classic line, “Ed, you have to go be gay for that poor dead intern.” Read more »
Welcome to The GBU, a weekly column coming every Monday where I look at the Good, the Bad and the Ugly on TV.It‘s a new year and 2011 is getting off to a fast start with a ton of new and returning shows this January. While my DVR runneth over, I urge you to pick and choose which ones to watch, and hopefully I can help by pointing out what‘s good and what‘s not.  Read more »
3.26 million people tuned in to the debut of Skins on MTV last night, and though we have no actual data on the subject, I have to imagine that a large chunk of those viewers did so if only to find out what all the preemptive parental fuss was about. ("The worst show for teens EVER? Well now I basically have to watch.") For anyone previously unaware that teenagers have sex, do drugs and swear, last night‘s debut hour, "Tony," was surely a shocking experience from start to finish. It was for me, too, but not because I was offended by those naughty kids smoking in bathroom stalls and talking about parking their "Chevys" in each other‘s genital "garages." (Like kids today even know what a Chevy is!) I‘m offended because it was bad TV.  Read more »
Looks like I wasn‘t the only one unimpressed with the US Skins reboot. MTV announced this afternoon that they have canceled the freshman series that made headlines for its risque depictions of teen sex and drug use when it premiered in January. They stood by the series then, but the ratings never caught up with the initial scandal."Skins is a global television phenomenon that, unfortunately, didn‘t connect with a US audience as much as we had hoped," said MTV in a statement. "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."  Read more »
It hasn‘t aired yet, but some people already want The New Normal gone. Unfortunately for the show, those people might get their wish. One Million Moms, the PTC and the rest might not have anything substantial to do with The New Normal‘s possible failure. But they will still claim it as a victory. Censors are good at that. Read more »

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