10 items from 2011
It's over: The 2010-11 TV season as measured by Nielsen officially ended Wednesday night (May 25). It was a rough year for new series -- only a handful of first-year shows made it to a second season -- but a number of veteran shows had strong seasons, and a few in particular went out with a bang.
As for others, well, let's just say that it's probably a good thing they have the summer off to rejuvenate.
We've watched dozens of season and series finales over the past couple of months. Here are Zap2it's picks (in alphabetical order) for the best and worst of the bunch.
"Brothers & Sisters": As a season finale, it was excellent. All the major stories of the season were wrapped up with just a few small teases for the next season, and we got a fun wedding with a hilarious musical number by the men. »
Skins - MTV Shows
Ok, so we have to admit we like a random music number now and again. But, that's pretty much all we liked about the "Skins" finale.
In the finale, we watched as the crew sorted out their various romantic entanglements over a season that saw them go from a tight-knit crew to a fractured one. Tony's (James Newman) sister Eura (Eleanor Zichy) took center stage in this episode by faking her own abduction in order to get her brother and friends to reunite.
The series fought several battles before it even premiered. First, fans of the UK version had very little hope that the show could capture the magic of the original and they were right. Then, the Parents Television Council targeted the series for its extreme amount of references to underage drinking, drugs and sexuality and we'd have to say they were wrong.
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Sofia Black-d’Elia, who plays a lesbian teen on MTV’s controversial show “Skins,” acknowledges that the teen drama pushes the boundaries, and Elle magazine is pushing right along with it. Black-d’Elia and cast mates Britne Oldford, Camille Cresencia-Mills, Eleanor Zichy and James Newman peel down to their underwear for the stylish Elle photo shoot by Creative Director Joe Zee and photographer Thomas Whiteside. “It’s pushing the boundaries for teen drama because I think ‘Skins’ goes where other shows are afraid to,” Black-d’Elia said recently. »
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The show might not be a favorite of bandwagon critics or purists of the original, but one thing is for sure: MTV's Skins is popular in its own right, especially popular enough to catch the eyes of Elle Magazine.
In a photo shoot for the magazine, the cast of Skins were styled and shot by Joe Zee, who chose the cast for their racy and controversial appeal to model this Spring's latest trend: Innerwear as outerwear. The unorthodox styles that both incarnations of Skins are known for (especially with the the UK's latest cast, who are rocking 80s styles better than the trendsetters of that era), it would be fitting for the cast to model the latest innovative look for American teens.
In a clip of the photo-shoot, the cast talks about the controversy surrounding the show and why they joined Skins in the first place. There was some serious »
- Mark O. Estes
We have to give our readers some credit for telling us we should tune into MTV's "Skins" this week when we were ready to give up after the last episode. That's not to say we're 100 percent onboard after last week's disappointment, but this episode goes a long way to making us feel happy, well, happier.
Here's the good part. We liked the tone of this episode, cinematic at times. There's a fast cut editing style that's everywhere nowadays (even on The History Channel), which originated with MTV. It was that fast cutting that helped to label a generation as victims of Add. The editing of this episode broke from that tradition with long still shots, pans and zooms. For a change, we could breath and really get inside Cadie's (played by Britne Oldford) k-hole of a mind. We wouldn't be surprised if some were bored by the first half of this episode, »
The MTV network has long mined the scandalous world of teens and young people for reality fodder, so when Skins, MTV.s new scripted dramatic series filled to the rafters with sex lives of drug-taking teens has come along, all hell broke loose. What is shocking is the shocked reaction Parents' groups are expressing. Where were they for "Jersey Shore"? Skins is yet another British do-over series about middle-class teens, and their masturbatory ecstasy pill-popping ways while drifting down school corridors and hiding out from parental figure types, and bagging on the rich kids. Tony (James Newman), the main character is flashing the sex-starved married woman across the way as his trollop sister sneaks into the house, and everyone »
- April MacIntyre
Tonight marked the premiere of the Americanized version of Skins on MTV and I'm not afraid to say that the show delivered, despite a lot of bile being thrown on Twitter about it at the moment.
The first episode introduced us to Tony Snyder (James Newman) and the rest of his party animal friends as they tried to get their good pal Stanley (Daniel Flaherty) to lose his virginity before his 17th birthday. This deed would mostly 'benefit' Tony than Stanley, because he feels that being a virgin is very embarassing and treats it as a bad disease no teen should have. Tony, like his UK counterpart, is a hedonistic manipulator who gets a kick out of pulling the strings of those around him, even dangling his girlfriend Michelle (Rachel Thevenard) in front of Stanley (whose madly in love with her) as if she's a piece of candy.
Tony's destructive »
- Mark O. Estes
Skins - MTV Shows
MTV premieres its American remake, "Skins," Monday (Jan. 17) at 10 p.m. Et after a special airing of the network's other so-called contribution to the downfall of society, "Jersey Shore." And while fans of the British hit will find it watered down compared to the original, there is plenty left in the remake to offend our delicate American sensibilities.
In fact the Parents Television Council (PTC) released what they called "the most urgent alert" they've ever sent to parents last week on "Skins." If you're not familiar with the watchdog group: It "aims to provide parents with the tools they need to make informed television viewing decisions" in order to "help to protect your children from entertainment's negative effects."
"It is absolutely crucial," their release states. "That you be aware of the most dangerous program that has ever been foisted on your children!"
All that condemnation and »
Unless you live under a rock (sorry dudes, it’s true), you know that MTV’s new show “Skins” premieres tonight at 10/9c. It’s a scripted series based on the UK original and it follows a group of high school friends as they navigate through their adolescence. The show is rife with love, pain, sex and drugs. What more can we ask for, really? Check out our photo guide to the cast of “Skins” below and head over to mtv.com to read more about the actors that make up this hot new cast. [Photo: Skins.tv] Name: James Newman Character: Tony - The cocky yet charismatic leader of the group. Name: Rachel Thevenard Character: Michelle - Tony’s beautiful and devoted girlfriend. Meet the rest of the cast after the jump and browse through our ultimate “Skins” cast gallery. Name: Daniel Flaherty Character: Stanley - Tony’s best friend. Stanley’s »
- Crystal Puccio
Movieline: Jen Yamato surveys several awards pundits, including yours truly, about the best picture prospects of “127 Hours,” which some believe have faded in recent weeks, but which I argue are just as strong as ever because of the preferential balloting system. Yes, many Academy members can’t bring themselves to watch the film at all due to the much-discussed farewell-to-arm scene that looms over it, but the majority of those who do see it realize that the film is about so much more than just that moment, and place it high on their ballots. In the era of 10 best pictures, a film that receives a relatively small number of highly-placed votes can easily snag a spot from a film that receives a large number of votes low on the ballot.
- Scott Feinberg
10 items from 2011
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