Thursday, August 27, 2009

On the heels of last weeks post...

Do NOT let this happen!!!!!!!!!!  This CAN NOT happen!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fuck. Leave it to American to ruin yet another amazing show.

I have already talked about "Skins" in the past.  For those of you new to the blog, "Skins" is a BAFTA (British equivalent to the Emmys/Oscars) winning drama that centers on the lives of a group of teenagers living in Bristol.  It is hyper-realistic and super gritty.  

Since 16 is age of consent in England, there is prolific swearing, drug use, and full frontal nudity in this show.  The writers and directors take HUGE risks.  I will warn you again, "Skins" feels a little weird and uncomfortable sometimes. 

BUT this is ONLY because we stupid US t.v. watchers aren't used to being challenged by what we see in front of us.  We like t.v. to turn our brains to mush. But it doesn't have to.  It can be amazing like "Skins"- a bad ass, challenging, and entertaining show.

Of course this means that MTV wants nothing more than to ruin it.  Oh, they will say that they are sticking to the original spirit of the show, blah blah blah, but honestly, the people at MTV aren't stupid. No really, listen to me for a minute. These people are business geniuses.  They know what sells.  

And what sells in America is the Hills. And Gossip Girl.  Things that pretend to be edgy, but don't really push their viewers to consider anything other than if they like the outfits the characters are wearing.  US t.v. caters to nothing but the "lowest common denominator."  Which is why the US version of "Skins" will pussy out and blow. Hard.  

The deals have already been made, the rights have been bought. US Skins is going into production.  PLEASE PLEASE the original before this happens.  You will not regret it.  You will be challenged and uncomfortable and confused at first by what you are seeing. Yes, it can be dark at times. But the rewards are endless.

Quit allowing yourself to be lazy and watch shit television. This is your challenge America.  

I know I have already posted this, but this is the first few minutes of Season 1, Episode 1. Watch it. (You can watch other eps. on Surf The or even buy it super cheap from i-tunes if the illegal way bothers you...I think it's actually less than a buck an episode.)


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