Canadian-shot Skins cancelled by MTV
Skins, the racy teen drama shot in Hamilton, Ont. with a clutch of young Canadian stars, will not get a second season on MTV.
The U.S. network announced Thursday it will be cancelling Skins, saying ratings were disappointing.
"Skins is a global television phenomenon that, unfortunately, didn't connect with a U.S. audience as much as we had hoped," said MTV spokesman Nathaniel Brown.
Originally a hit on British television, Skins creators Bryan Elsley and Jamie Brittain began working on a North American edition in 2009. The North American version was co-produced by MTV and Toronto's Entertainment One and Company Pictures.
The cast included fresh, young Canadian faces, including Rachel Thevenard, Ron Mustafaa, Britne Oldford, Camille Cresencia-Mills, Natalie Brown and David Reale.
But the drama — which depicted drug use, crime and sex among adolescents — proved too edgy for American audiences.
The Parents Television Council asked U.S. advertisers to boycott the show because of its mature themes. Taco Bell and General Motors were among the advertisers who pulled their sponsorship.
The council also filed a petition to the U.S. Department of Justice to launch an investigation into whether Skins crossed legal boundaries regarding sexual depictions of minors.
MTV's initial audience of 3.3 million viewers shrank to 1.2 million viewers for the season finale.
In Canada, the MTV series airs on The Movie Network and Movie Central, while the British version is on Bold.
With files from The Canadian Press