MTVNetworkssmallEXCLUSIVE: I hear MTV has picked up Skins to series. The cable network has ordered 10 episodes for a U.S. version of the raunchy U.K. teen series, which has been a passion project of MTV’s senior vp series development Liz Gateley. The series is being eyed for a January launch. MTV ordered a pilot for Skins in August after Gateley pursued the rights to the British format for almost two years. Bryan Elsley, co-creator of the original series, wrote the pilot. He is executive producing the project with Charlie Pattinson and George Faber. E1 is producing the series with Company Pictures and Stormdog, the companies behind the original series.

Skins, which like the original will be written largely by teenagers, is one of two high-profile scripted pilots MTV ordered, along with Teen Wolf. A series pickup for Teen Wolf is still pending, contingent on closing the deal with rights holder MGM.