Discovery Channel has announced that the curtain is coming down, or rather, the garage door is closing on the American Chopper series in December.
The Pilgrim Studios-produced title began its run on Discovery as a special in 2002, moving to TLC in 2008. In early 2010, TLC canceled the show, only to bring its stars, father-and-son chopper builders Paul Teutul Sr. and Paul Teutul Jr., back in American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior. The series then went back to Discovery, with its original title intact.
The network recently announced plans for Chopper Live: The Revenge, a live special to air December 11 that will pit four builders – the Teutuls, Jesse James, and Richard Rawlings and Aaron Kaufman of Fast ‘n’ Loud – against each other in a follow-up of sorts to last year’s well-performing American Chopper Live: The Build Off special. This year’s live event, to be preceded by an episode of American Chopper the night before, will serve as the series’ swan song.
“After 10 years and 233 episodes of incredible, riveting reality television, American Chopper will be ending its run on December 11th,” said Eileen O’Neill, group president, Discovery and TLC Networks, in a statement. “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 and look forward to capping off this amazing run with our live special Chopper Live: The Revenge.”