MTV has unveiled the first trailer for its adaptation of Skins, an event fans of the original British series have been waiting with a sense of dread. You have to admit, American basic cable doesn't seem like the best fit for a drama known for its realistic, and occasionally controversial, depictions of teen life and explorations of issues of substance abuse, sex, sexual identity, mental illness and death.
However, MTV was smart enough to hire Skins' father-and-son creators Bryan Elsley and Jamie Brittain to head up the U.S. version, which replaces Bristol with Baltimore. And the network demonstrated with The Hard Times of R.J. Berger that it's willing to tackle themes of teen sexuality and, I don't know, large penises.
Now where were we? Oh, yeah, the Skins trailer. It's probably what you expected: Virtually note-for-note recreations of scenes from the U.K. version, minus the accents and swearing. It may be one of those damned-if-you-do/damned-if-you-don't situations, but MTV may have been better served by making a less-faithful adaptation -- one that wouldn't lead fans to compare individual scenes with those from the original. Viewers can't be blamed for wistfully remembering Sid and Cassie when they watch the impostors Stanley and Katie reciting many of the same lines on a different trampoline in a different city. Oh, well. MTV didn't consult me.
Skins premieres in January. Until then, you can watch the trailer below: