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Declared "the most dangerous show for teens" by the Parents Television Council, "Skins" debuts Monday night on MTV after "Jersey Shore," and we have a look at the controversial series!
"Skins" is a wild ride through the lives of a group of nine high school students navigating the minefield of adolescence. Eleanor Zichy plays Eura, Camille Cresencia-Mills plays Daisy, Rachel Thevenard plays Michelle, Daniel Flaherty plays Stanley, Jesse Carere plays Chris, Ron Mustafaa plays Abbud, James Newman plays Tony, Sofia Black D'Elia plays Tea and Britne Oldford plays Cadie.
"I think the reason why high school is difficult is because that period of time in your life you're growing so much, changing so much, you don't know who you are, you're trying on all these different skins," explains 18-year-old Britne. "You're going through puberty -- that's a difficult time in your life."
In addition to having their lives and loves chronicled, the characters in the gritty show engage in drug use and casual sex, and the "Skins" website contains an interactive map encouraging users to "post the truth about the biggest parties, heartbreak, friends, sex, and every kind of trouble."
The show and its website have caught the attention of the Parents Television Council, and PTC president Tim Winter says, "The marketing campaign itself makes light of lying to parents and participating in all manner of harmful, irresponsible, illegal and adult-themed behavior. The trailers we have seen thus far make sexual objects of almost every single one of its characters and asks not only for viewers to approve, but to actively participate by posting their own secret stories."
"Skins" is based on a U.K. series, with "Skins: Season 4" available on DVD now, and co-creator and executive producer Bryan Elsley remarks, "The show is about character, and the characters flow from the young people who play those characters. I think that the rest of the world, adults, teachers, whoever, believe that sex and drugs and bad behavior are the most important things to teenagers, but that's not true. Friendship is the most important thing. Teenagers have an immense and overriding commitment to their friends, and the politics of those friendships and how those friendships play out is probably the predominant thing in their lives."
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