VETERAN DOCU-SOAP AXED FOR THE SECOND TIME
Veteran motorcycle reality series American Chopper, which debuted on Discovery in 2003, moved to TLC, and helped pioneer the docu-soap formula, will officially conclude after the live December 11 special called American Chopper: The Revenge. The show chronicled the professional and personal lives of the Orange County Choppers, the real-life motorcycle manufacturer based in Newburgh, New York founded by Paul Teutul, Sr. and Paul Teutul, Jr.
Technically, this is the second time American Chopper has been canceled. Paul Sr. fired Paul Jr. from the shop in 2008, which resulted in a lawsuit and the first cancellation. It returned on TLC in 2010 as American Chopper: Senior Vs. Junior, and was eventually back to its original title when the two Pauls reconciled.
Said Discovery in a statement: “After 10 years and 233 episodes of incredible, riveting reality television, American Chopper will be ending its run. This series was one of the very first family-based reality programs on television. Special thanks to Pilgrim Studios for over a decade of great producing. The Teutuls have given us really innovative bike builds and real drama since 2002. We wish both Orange County Choppers and Paul Junior Designs the best.”