Teenage drama is common fodder for TV serials, but somehow when Skins showed up on Britain’s E4 in 2007, it was as if they’d recreated the genre. Nothing was off limits; sex, drugs, eating disorders, depression, illness, death, more drugs and a weird Cat Stevens sing-along were all explored with raw, painful realness on the show, complete with relatively unknown actors who were actually the age of the characters they played. And they did so in painfully cool, hipster-ish, thrift store outfits! Really, what’s not to love?
Time to shout “Oh. Wow.” from the rooftops, fans of UK Skins! Hannah Murray, whose understated and touching portrayal of the oh-so messed up Cassie still gives us goosebumps, has been cast on the next season of Game of Thrones. TV Guide reports that Hannah “will play Gilly, one of the many women living with Old Craster who wants to escape his oppression.” We’re thrilled for Hannah, who has slowly been building her resume with various film roles since her stint on Skins ended. What say you, Game of Thrones fans?
MTV’s newest show, Skins, premiered on Sunday and already it’s drawing flack from the network and irate parents for being too sexy. Seems the show, which aired in Britain and is being remade for American audiences, is too raunchy for some, including the higher-ups at MTV. Network execs have told the producers to tone down the sex, particularly in an upcoming episode where the character of Chris, played by Jesse Carere, exposes his backside. Sure, we’ve all seen ass on TV before, but Carere is only seventeen, which makes the issue a whole lot more about child pornography than say, David Caruso‘s pasty, old NYPD Blue butt.
In addition to the network’s notes, the show faces some rough criticism from the Parents Television Council. There’s not much that these people don’t find offensive, but a show about teen sex has just about made them bust some neck veins, and they called Skins “most dangerous program that has ever been foisted on your children.” So, a fictional show about kids having sex is dangerous, but reality shows featuring the real thing are less so? And also, have these people ever seen an American Apparel ad? This sounds like a lot of hyperbole to us.
MTV does defend the show, and a spokesperson said Skins “addresses real-world issues confronting teens in a frank way. We review all of our shows and work with all of our producers on an ongoing basis to ensure our shows comply with laws and community standards. We are confident that the episodes of Skins will not only comply with all applicable legal requirements, but also with our responsibilities to our viewers.” And if you don’t like it, just rent the British version.
Unless you live under a rock (sorry dudes, it’s true), you know that MTV’s new show “Skins” premieres tonight at 10/9c. It’s a scripted series based on the UK original and it follows a group of high school friends as they navigate through their adolescence. The show is rife with love, pain, sex and drugs. What more can we ask for, really?
Check out our photo guide to the cast of “Skins” below and head over to mtv.com to read more about the actors that make up this hot new cast. [Photo: Skins.tv]
Name: James Newman
Character: Tony – The cocky yet charismatic leader of the group.
Name: Rachel Thevenard
Character: Michelle – Tony’s beautiful and devoted girlfriend.
Meet the rest of the cast after the jump and browse through our ultimate “Skins” cast gallery.