American Version of Skins Coming to MTV

If you've ever seen the UK teen series Skins (with Dev Patel!), you know it puts the "scandalous lives" of the Gossip Girl kids to shame with its boundary-pushing scenes and language. Now, somehow MTV will adapt the series for American audiences. Here's more on the US version of the show:

MTV says it will continue the original show's production model using teenagers to help write the series and unknown age-appropriate actors to star. Co-creator Brian Elsley will be writing and executive producing the U.S. version. The producers intend to set the show in Baltimore, Maryland.

Liz Gateley, senior VP, MTV Series Development said, "Having personally pursued the U.K. project for almost two years, I am beyond thrilled to bring it to MTV in the U.S. We intend to preserve the authenticity of the British version and are excited to collaborate with the original team to develop stories that will speak to American youth."

Like so many British shows adapted for American screens, this version will surely be neutered (remember Coupling?) to avoid showing quite so much, well, skin, so it makes me wonder how this series will ultimately differ from other teen shows already on American TV. The idea of using young writers and unknown actors is encouraging, though. Are you a fan of the UK series? Could you see an American version working on MTV?

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