Saturday, March 29, 2008

Skins Cast Axed

The whole cast from "Skins" have been axed and will not be appearing in series three - according to comments made by executive producer, Bryan Elsey.

"There are risks associated with dumping a cast, but we just did it. There was some disquiet at the channel, but then they told us just to go with it."

He also confirmed the show would stick to its pattern of introducing college-age characters, moving them on in the next series, then letting them go."The first year is about getting to know the kids, and the second gives us the advantage of being able to explore their psyches a little more," said Elsey.

The show will also continue to use a team of up to 20 writers, including newcomers but characters Tony, Maxxie, Anwar, Sid, Cassy, Michelle, Jal and Chris will all need to find new jobs now that series two is almost finished.

The question remains - will "Skins" survive without the original cast or will it suffer the same fate as Channel Five's "Family Affairs", which was eventually axed after changing it's cast. Another cast change disaster came in the form of "Crossroads", which changed most of the cast after a re-vamp in 2003. The soap opera slumped in the tea time viewing figures and was axed after just 98 episodes.

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