A little over a week after their U.S. version of Skins had its season (series?) finale on March 21, MTV has picked up a full 12-episode order of their American remake of BBC America’s The Inbetweeners, Entertainment Weekly reports. That’s quite the vote of confidence for the show, which will premiere in the shadow of the critically acclaimed UK original. However, MTV’s head of programming David Janollari says, “It’s got an incredibly strong and authentic young voice. We were really successful in adapting it for our audience and making it sound like a quintessentially American suburban experience.” MTV is said to be looking at an early 2012 launch for the show.
As previously reported, the co-creators of the British Inbetweeners, Iain Morris and Damon Beesley, will co-produce the MTV series alongside showrunner Brad Copeland (Arrested Development) and Aaron Kaplan. Joey Pollari, Mark L. Young, Zack Pearlman, and Bubba Lewis have been cast as the four teenagers who’ve found themselves sandwiched in the middle of their high school’s social strata. Here’s a look at the original: