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MTV to set U.S. version of 'Skins' in Baltimore

MTV is going to make an American version of the hit British teen series "Skins," and it is going to be set in Baltimore, the cable channel announced Monday.

Here's how MTV is describing the project and its connection to Baltimore:

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"'Skins' is one of those rare shows that cuts through to its core audience with unusually authentic stories due to the unique writing and casting process that Bryan pioneered. Having personally pursued the U.K. project for almost two years, I am beyond thrilled to bring it to MTV in the U.S. We intend to preserve the authenticity of the British version and are excited to collaborate with the original team to develop stories that will speak to American youth," said Liz Gateley, Senior Vice President, MTV Series Development.

More from MTV's announcement:

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The British-made version that airs on BBC America is censored for language and nudity. It will be interesting to see how sanitized the MTV version might be.

Frankly, I am more worried about the way U.S. versions of edgy Brit series invariably tend to soften the edge and excise the darkness. I don't think teens will watch a version of this frank series that does not have a dangerous and hard edge to it.

UPDATE TUESDAY MORNING: You can read more about the planned series here in a "Sun" story by Mary McCauley from Tuesday's paper. It includes Gateley saying Baltimore was chosen for its socio-cultural diversity. No decision yet on if the show will be filmed here, but Gateley expects some filming will be done in Baltimore even if the show is not totally produced out of the city.

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