Ken Tucker
November 14, 2003 AT 05:00 AM EST

We knew Fox was going to cancel one of its good shows quickly, but we figured it would be ”Arrested Development.” Turns out ”Skin” — the most intriguing Shakespearean-Bruckheimian drama about law and porn ever to hit the air — got the ax on Nov. 4. Why was the show that received such lustrous reviews from critics treated like psoriasis by viewers? I have two theories: (a) critics didn’t want to look prudish, so their effusive ejaculations (look up its primary meaning before you send me e-mails) were premature, and (b) audiences, given the distraction and familiarity of either ”Monday Night Football” or ”Everybody Loves Raymond,” didn’t have the energy on their first day back at work to get all het up over an adult-industry peep show. Parting is such sweet sorrow, but Mr. Bruckheimer, we’ll be first in line for the DVD. — Ken Tucker

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