"American Chopper" is ending after 10 years. According to a report Friday by James Hibberd of Entertainment Weekly, "Chopper´s run will conclude with the previously announced four-way bike build-off special titled The Revenge," which airs live Dec. 11 on Discovery. The show chronicles the real-life custom motorcycle business Orange County Choppers, fronted by Montgomery resident Paul Teutul Sr. and headquartered in Newburgh. Between being on Discovery and TLC, "American Chopper" looked at the Teutul family´s rise to the top of the custom bike industry, while shedding light on family in-fighting that led to a split
Comments: The End of the Road, Ran out of Gas...what other cliche can we come up with?
About eight years beyond its expiration date. The dramatic formula got old, the show commercialized with product placements, bit players went into their own biz, and the bloom left the custom bike rose just as the recession hit. Good luck, gang.
The best observation about this ´reality´ TV show was in a review and it was thisparaphrased):
´What´s up with all the false deadlines? These guys build custom motorcycles for a living and KNOW how long it takes. The constant alarms of ´We´re GONNA MISS THE DEADLINE AND OUR LIVES AND BUSINESS WILL BE RUINED!!!´ is nonsense´.
I never watched it regularly but after reading that I stopped altogether because the writer was correct: the show was nothing but viewer manipulation and faked drama.
As for the retarded son ´Mikie´ I hope they paid him a ton of money to act like he was missing 3 or 4 chromasomes.
I have every episode recorded and saved and will miss the show. The AirForce bike, the 9/11 bike, the Fireman bike, the Anti-Venom, the Web bike, Vinnie´s bike.....many fond memories of bikes and deadlines. No need to say bad things about people you never met or bikes you couldnt possibly build...I wish them all luck in their future. It was a long and enjoyable run, thanks for years of entertainment and being human. The only regret I have is that the Marxist Dictator Liar and his demented idiot partner got re-elected! How did THAT happen? I dont think bikers like me OR the Teutels are responsible for THAT!
Oh, no! What´s next? The end of ´Dog the Bounty Hunter´? How will we live without nightly charades of reality shows, basically the WWE of real life! On True TV. no less! Well, so long as we have Oprah and Judge Judy!
Thank the heavens for the millions of relatively healthy families who never get their own series. Most reality TV shows are populated with grasping brutes whose intelligence is as limited as their vocabulary — not that there´s anything wrong with that.
I´ll miss the show. Having said that, there sure are a bunch of bitter and overly critical people whining on this thread. NEVER expected so many whiners in this wonderful salon I love so much. Good to see so many of you consider youreselves so special and perfect....I´m getting a new insight which has me saying....hmmmm...about some things. Never expected THAT!
We must be warped because we watched the show as a family when our sons still lived at home. My younger son even built his own chopper from a kit when he was 18. Yes, we knew they were messed up, but we still enjoyed the personalities, especially Sr´s mother and the Yankees bike. We also like Pawn Stars. Go figure. Rick is a good conservative who is a fan of Mark Levin, btw.
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I like Pawn Stars - I just skip the scripted stuff and concentrate on the cool items. Right now though, I am in love with Duck Dynasty. What´s not to love when a show always ends with a family praying before their meal.
This all started with a Cable TV documentary on West Coast Chopper´s owner/builder Jesse James. Then these opportunists jumped into the spotlight. OCC built a "theme-bike" for almost every imaginable entity, in fact, I´m surprised we never saw one for Duncan Donuts, or Victoria´s Secret. It was ridiculous there was ever even a buyer for these off-the-shelf, slapped together, ugly pieces of junk. The real artisan chopper-builders are mostly unknowns who show up on other shows.
#22, that was Boyd Coddington who checked out. He had heart stoppage written into his personality. I think the last time I saw the show was when he tried to sell a stupid looking blue and yellow roadster at the Barret-Jackson auction and got a dime for every dollar he invested in it. That being said, I agree with #24. How tough is it to design a bike based on an already recognized logo/business? What I also wonder is why any business would want to build a bike to advertise itself? Maybe Hostess should have a Bankrupt Bike with cupcake rims and a fruit pie gas tank covered with union leeches...yeh, that´s the ticket!
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