Skam Austin Renewed For Facebook Watch

Skam Austin, the American remake of hit Norwegian teen drama Skam, has been confirmed for a second season on Facebook Watch with original series creator Julie Andem returning as showrunner.

The show, which attracted over 14 million views for its first episode, takes an unfiltered look at the lives of American teenagers as it follows four loser girls who form their own dance team, and tackles issues such as slut-shaming, Islamophobia and relationships.

The story unfolds in real time on Facebook with daily clips airing at times of the day that correspond to the storyline featured, along with character posts on Instagram, which are then aggregated to form a weekly half-hour episode.

Executive producer Simon Fuller said in a statement: “This is a new way of story-telling in America, it’s intimate and immersive. The idea of a scripted show playing out in real time is difficult and complex to produce so we’re lucky to have the original Norwegian team helping shape it with such diligence and attention.”

Facebook Head Of Global Creative Strategy, Ricky Van Veen, added: “Skam is a shining example of what social video can be when there is a seamless integration of technology and content on Facebook. We’re thrilled to bring back this special show and continue to break new ground with Skam’s incomparable format.”