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MTV's version of "Skins" debuts Monday at 9.

In Movies & TV Commentary

Steve Carell is leaving "The Office" a little earlier than expected.

OnMedia: MTV goes for notoriety with "Skins"


MTV's "Skins" doesn't premiere until 9 p.m. Monday (with a 10 p.m. repeat of the first episode), but it's already drawing fire from a self-appointed TV watchdog group.

"'Skins' may well be the most dangerous show for children that we have ever seen," said Tim Winter, president of the Parents Television Council.

That's not likely to hurt ratings for the glitzy American version of the glitzy British version, several seasons of which have already aired on BBC America.

I haven't screened MTV's version of "Skins," but it's said to be slightly toned down from the British original about a group of oversexed, usually drugged and drunk teens who live lives that are surprisingly independent from the adult world.

As over the top as the British original was, it frequently dealt with heavy topics, like death, with a surprising seriousness and sensitivity. It also drew detailed portraits of the various characters, something very few TV shows can pull off.

I'll be surprised if MTV's version is as edgy as the original -- although it's sure to be edgier than most U.S. TV shows.

Premiering this weekend: HBO is launching the final season of "Big Love" on Sunday at 9. If you're planning on watching Ricky Gervais again hosting "The Golden Globes" at 7 p.m. on Channel 4.

Here's a "Big Love" preview:

On TV: The two-hour episode of Fox's "Human Target" displaced by the president's Thursday night speech in Tucson will air tonight at 7 on Channel 6.

  • With "The Green Hornet" coming to the big screen, Me-TV is running a marathon of the 1960s TV series from 10 a.m. through 11 p.m. Saturday. Me-TV is Channel 49.1 over the air, and Channel 19 on Time Warner and Charter cable systems.
  • NBC says Steve Carell is leaving "The Office" in a late-April episode, which would give the show an entire May sweeps month to introduce the post-Michael Scott "Office."
  • Bravo's planning a summer song-writing competition with Kara DioGuardi and Jewel as judges. Maybe they can hire Paula Abdul when her CBS dancing competition ends.
  • Wendy Williams' syndicated talk show will be back for a third season this fall. It currently airs at 10 a.m. weekdays on Channel 6.
  • CBS has confirmed all the rumors swirling around that it's adding veterans Russell Hantz and Rob Mariano to "Survivor: Redemption Island" when it premieres Feb. 16.
  • Just to keep you updated, no Milwaukee radio hosts made it to the list of 10 finalists for the competition to be a one-day co-host on "Live! With Regis and Kelly."
  • Today's the 59th birthday of NBC's "Today." Expect a year's worth of reminiscing as the morning show approaches its 60th birthday.

A video for Gleeks: Fans of Fox's "Glee" are the target for this Funny or Die video:

Talkbacks

Patcard | Jan. 15, 2011 at 9:05 a.m. (report)

Tim, in case you haven't watched Channel 4 this morning, Lance Hill has popped up as their newest meteorologist.

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thomasdecker | Jan. 14, 2011 at 11:55 a.m. (report)

The first season of the real "British" version of Skins was very well done, loved it. The 2nd season was way over the top. Haven't ventured any further but I imagine the US version will be wott as well.

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