TLC Un-Cancels American Chopper; Will It Be the Same?

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american choppers TLC Un Cancels American Chopper; Will It Be the Same?

Updated: ‘American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior’ Season 2: Featured Bikes & OCC’s Foreclosure Plans

Despite being canceled and the “final episode” airing on February 11th, TLC has decided to bring the Teutul family back from the proverbial television graveyard by renewing their flagship motorcycle series, American Chopper, for another season.

The past season of American Chopper showed the collapse of the Teutul family as Mikey and Paul Jr. dissolved their relationship with Paul Sr. One could sense that the series was on its final legs, so nobody was surprised when it was finally announced that TLC canceled American Chopper. However, with the news of TLC renewing American Chopper, one has to wonder what led the network to change its mind?

Could it be that while TLC may be returning to the world of Orange Country Choppers, the show might change focus and make Paul Jr., and not OCC, the central figure?

Just a couple weeks ago, Paul Jr. announced via his Twitter account that he was starting to build a new shop for him to work out of.

building out my new shop- i feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day!! So nice out, think I will take the boys to the park

Combine that with the announcement in the so-called “final episode” that Paul Jr. would be marrying his long-time girlfriend this year and you’ve got the makings of his own reality show.

While some may say that the series has run its course and should stay canceled, I would be incredibly interested in watching if TLC decides to focus more on Paul Jr. building new his company, Paul Jr. Designs, as it would be a nice return to how American Chopper began 7 years ago.

american choppers returns TLC Un Cancels American Chopper; Will It Be the Same?Jr.’s New Home (via @whereispauljr)

What do you think of TLC bringing back American Chopper? Should it stay canceled? Would you want the show to continue the way it was or focus more on Paul Jr. and Mikey?

No dates have been announced when American Chopper will return to TLC.

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Source: Hollywood Reporter and Twitter

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  1. I think it would be worth a season for Paul Jr and Mikey.

    • I say give them a shot. Maybe get Vinnie and Cody involved too from there shop. This was a regular show we watched every week and still do. I have seen every show 100 times. FYI. I am in recovery and I think Paul Sr needs to work some steps and get over his control issues. The boys need to show him the respect he deserves nad has earned.

      • I don’t think Sr deserves anything from the boys he wasn’t around to raise them and still parades around like he is #1 dad, what a joke. He is a control freak and OCC wont last now that Jr has once again created a masterpiece, GEICO is rocking.

    • Paul Jr always was the creator of the most radical, beautiful,bikes. The Old man cant come close,and the kid Jason isn’t much better. The Old man is a gruff ,control freak. Let him control his once nice OCC, which is now a JOKE!!

  2. I love seeing the amazing works of art that theses guys create in these motorcycles. Thats always been the best parts of American Chopper , the bikes.

    What I could never stand about the show was all the bickering between jr and sr .
    I realize that , for a lot of viewers , the bickering is the core of the show , a great source of drama .
    Personally , I was never interested in watching these bike building geniuses argue like
    a pair of knuckle heads . All that pointless shouting was always enormously boring .

    I want to see the design process , I want to see the build , I want to see the finished bike ; thats what I would watch.
    If the show comes back and still has all those useless yelling matches – then I won't watch it.

  3. like it or not, whenever there are any pop culture references to that show, its always been focused on JR and SR fighting. TLC knows that's what makes this show and so they are counting on the fan base of AC to bring it through a season or two so they can build it around Paul Jr and Mikey. its likely that they will focus on their continued attempts to reconcile with their father which always brings some good conflict to the episodes. What i would love to see would be Paul Jr and Mikey in parallel with Vinnie and Cody both marketing thier own shops.. the only thing that is likely to gum this all up will be Sr's desire to appear like the good guy and his money interest in AC.. i find it unlikely that Sr. will let AC go completely to the boys without him being involved.

  4. Never heard of this show ! Is it any good ?

    • why comment if you never saw it LIAR! You must live in a CAVE

  5. Never heard of this show ! Is it any good ?

  6. I've always felt the same way. In fact, I find I fast forward through the bickering, and enjoy the show a lot more.

    While I could occasionally empathise with Senior, often he just seemed to like to butt heads for no reason I could see.

    I've love to see what's happening with Junior and Mikey more than with Senior.

  7. Go for it! I’ll watch!

  8. Vinny or Rick smoke anything Jr or Sr has ever done, give them their own show

  9. I love the show, it is always entertaining to me and my wife. Bring it back!

  10. I am 60 and love the show. I am Disabled from the U.S. Army in a wheelchair and dream of one of Paul, Jr. design bikes. Paul, Jr. is the reason that the show was sucessful whith his designs. Bring Paul, Jr., Mickey, Vinnie and Cody back and watch that show go to new heights. Paul, Jr and that crew will take the business away from Paul, Sr. I am so very much looking for the new show to began. Please let us know when it will be on. GO PAUL, JR DESIGNS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!

    • First, thanks for your service. I like you think Jr. is and was the reason OCC became such a good show. Even David Letterman told the Old man it seemed as though Jr was the one that did it all and all Sr did was b****.

  11. I would like to see Mike and Paul Jr and learn how they can best the old man, I feel sorry for them as a father should not treat family in this manner. I love Paul Jr designs and think that he could not only build bikes, but trikes and trucks

  12. im glad that they are coming back and also gladnvinnie is coming also. i hope that you work it out with your father because family is more i mportant than money. but i ready nto see the show.

  13. If there are no bikes, it won’t be worth the tape it’s filmed on.

  14. A show WITHOUT Paul SR would be way more watchable. I find Paul SR just plain annoying, he does nothing, just barks like an angry dog at everyone, huge ego, when he is offscreen are the best moments in the show.

  15. I hope they focus on Mikey & Paul jr. designs & let Sr. go away. we all know that OCC wouldn’t be what it is today if it wasn’t for jr’s design abilities.

  16. paul jr designs built a bikes. Showed at strugis one is a geico bike. Best he ever built

  17. I watched the show to see Paul Jr. Anyway, Noe with Vin, it’s a shoe in! I can’t stand Paul Sr. He doesn’t have a relationship with any of his sons, and he thinks it’s their fault. It’s like the guy who married 10 different woman, and said it was their fault. Hmm, look inward buddy!

  18. I’m glad I’m not paying Paul Jr’s. attorney bill. Also a little concerned about the lack of bikes going thru his shop. He has a huge house, new wife,unpaid 5 axes flow jet machine worth a fortune, big shop payments,big payroll…Who is kidding who here? Is his weekly checks coming from TLC paying for all this? I’m dumb but not that dumb

  19. My hubby and I have watched the original AC from the very start and have always said that Paul Jr. should start his own shop as he is the one with the great design ability. Paul Sr.’s bikes are a big snooze. Also love Mikey. We have been watching the new Versus AC and rooting for Paul Jr. and Mikey all the way. Paul Sr. is totally at fault for all the bad feelings. Shame on him as a father.

  20. Dudes WAKE UP. First; Jr GROW UP and show some respect to your pop. He showed you the ropes of building bikes in his basement and supplied plenty of resources and oppurtunities. Second; Jr Quit WHINING and STOP putting conditions on everything related to Sr. Constantly Jr wants to b**** about Sr trying to reach out and contact him or Mikey. Seems like they are the ones who dont wanna reconcile or even reply to messages left? Thirdly; Jr when U Grow up and quit using your Dads contacts and resources. Then U got nerve to ask them for GRATIS/FREE products or equipment. Be a MAN and go EARN your own contacts and resources. Lastly; Amazing how hard you will work 4 yourself. All along its always been about freedom and timeoff? SAD to say younger gens think they only gotta work hard part of the time. I am self employed and cant keep young people. I work 12-14 hour days monday thru friday even though I in my late 40s. Hey Young Bucks; Society does not owe U anything. Try earning it and then U can talk to us older dudes after couple decades of continous HARD WORK. Paul Jr got skills and should focus on that. Reconcile with Paul Sr no matter what reason. I sure miss my Dad and will never chance to FIX any wrongs now. Family is family….we all got issues. Try to look beyond and make best of even a CRAPPY relationship. BEST WISHES for Paul SR and Paul JR. ROCK IT DUDES!!!

  21. I always enjoyed American Chopper but it lost much of it’s appeal when Paul Jr. left to do his own thing.. Without Paul Jr, Mikey and Vince the show just seemed to flounder.. Sure the “new” guys were inventive and creative with the computer tricks but I loved to watch Paul Jr’s ideas develope without all the electronis gizmos… Bring back the show but concentrate more on the Kids not the grumpy Dad….

    • Paul Sr needs to retire and just back away, maybe check into an anger Management clinic and get some real mental help. I’m the same age as Paul Sr and have been a Harley Chopper Builder and rider sense early 1960. I spent about 7 years going to anger management and it saved my relationship with my Wife, 2 Sons and 2 Daughters because they’re worth More than every business I have ever owned.
      Paul Jr and his crew are more in line with the younger Motor Cycle world and Sr seems to be wanting to become Henry Ford with standard Bike builds and then making bike after bike that just don’t excite me any longer.

  22. YES! YES! YES! PLEASE BRING PAUL JR. BACK! HIS TALENT IS AWSOME AND SO ARE MIKEY AND VINNY. PLEASE PLEASE LOCK SR.OUT OF EVERYTHING!!!!!!! ITS TIME TO RETIRE THE AWFUL, DISLOYAL, JEALOUS, OLD MAN.

  23. Loved the show from the start and seeing the bikes being made. I had to turn the channel when Paul Sr and Paul Jr would have a bad argument. It will be interesting to see if Paul Jr at his own business will show up for work and on time and keep his shop clean and neat. Paul Jr not showing up for work on time or at all & not keeping the work place clean at his father’s shop is what would make Paul Sr really upset.

  24. Sam Patton says:
    09/17/2010 at 11:49 AMHi Paul jr.

    I just want you to know that your Father, is the only Father you will ever have, regardless of what he has done , said, or doing at this time. I feel you and your new shop will make it. Please take the time to really think whats going on in your life and your Fathers. I worked with my Father for many years and I can’t tell you how many times I was fired or quit, but it does say to HONOR your Father and Mother, In the Ten Commandments, so regardless of what happened, if it was my fault or my Fathers, I would go and apologize to him, Just to keep harmony in the Family. I know you still Love your Dad even, if he is a load mouth, and wants to take credit for everything you did, for him and his shop, but still get down and say you are sorry for everything that is taking place and took place no matter how much you feel you are right. One day you will wake up and he will be gone and this will eat at your heart for the rest of your life. I am only writing this because I know this tobe true, I felt like I needed to put my two cents in, so you could live long and prosper the rest of your life, as well as make the old tough softy,
    come to see you as you really are. This goes for your Brother as well.
    God Bless You All
    Sam
    P.S Forgive the spelling

    • Uh Paulie is NOT responsible for his fathers continuing putting down his son attitude., where have you been not to notice all that? BLIND., come on..Paulie has already said before that it bothers him that their relationship has always been sooo ugly..but anyone with half a brain, and one good eye, can SEE that Sr. has been the antagonist. Paulie IS a christan, Sr. is not., dont tell me you havent learned this either? You are barking up the wrong tree. Paulie takes the high road., and he has always been the heart of OCC, without his designs that company would be just another bike shop, the fact that Sr. knows this but won
      t admit it is what makes him so angry., I am not a professional psychologist but a 2 yr. could tell you that this is how it is., I cannot believe that anyone..and I mean ANYONE..could even suggest that pooor ole Sr. is NOT at fault, Paulie put up with more than anyone I know would have, he is a saint., Sr. is opposite. Every other sentence from his mouth these days is to say something bad about Paulie and even Mikey..Sr. is an insecure, mean person, whom has only USED his sons..to make himself rich/famous., but acts as if he alone, is responsible, which is sooooo plain bad, incorrect, and wrong., YES I THINK THAT PAULIE should have his very own show, and pls TLC, remove anything to do with Sr., I refuse to watch his negativity, it is depressing, EVERYONE I KNOW that watches thses happenings agrees.I dont know how those boys survived, but I am glad that Paulie has finally made it out of that prison. *whew*

      • Poor Saint Paulie is a vain, egotistical twit with an over-inflated sense of self-worth. Poor Saint Paulie has been handed everything he’s gotten, including the tools and equipment for his new shop, not to mention a 20% interest in the OCC business. Poor Saint Paulie’s “prison” was located in the land of freedom of choice; he could have walked anytime he wanted to.
        Get real. If Discovery offs the old man, there will be no drama, ergo no reason for the show. Especially since it isn’t even remotely related to motorcycle building anymore.

  25. I have had it with Sr. He needs to get his management problem fixed so he can try to put back his “family”.His way or the highway is wrong especially when he tries to get the spineless help that works for him in a spot to ridicule Jr.

    Family should com before his business. His priorities are wrong. Lets see what Jr. designs. can do.

    • Anyone that is human has had it with the pathological liar named Paul SR., I cant believe HOW MUCH he lies, practically everything that he says about Paulie, how does he live with himself, is the question of this century, someone pleeeaaassseee get him some professional help. It is soooo obvious that he is plain jealous of his sons success AFTER having said that Paulie never finishes anything..uhhuh., JUST 2bikes at Sturgis thats all. It has been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that Paulie and really anyone..can do much better work when the fire breathing dragon is outta the picture., Paulie has always had the talent that money & technology cannot buy, now he has even MORE impetus to be even better, on his own, with much much less torment, what with a new life., including his marriage. Its about time Paulie thinks of his own family, and quits helping the ingrate, whom is the meanest, coldest man (even worse than my FIL whom finally bit the dust a yr ago) that ever lived, a man that can treat his very own flesh/blood beautiful sons like he has..doesnt deserve them., his lies are gonna catch up with him sooner than he thinks., he needs to change or get the heck outta Dodge. I pray that anyone within hearing distance of his lies & evil talk against Paulie remembers that this is a SICK SICK person whom is NEVER to be believed..but pitied. LIARS will have their place in the lake of fire., so saith GOD., I wish it didnt have to be this way, but SR. made that choice leaving Paulie NO choice. I will continue to pray for Paulie & Rachel and of course, Mikey.

  26. I love the idea of seeing a good bike build by Pauly again…I’m sick and tired of watching the crap OCC has been turning out. Rick needs to switch teams as well, you can tell he’s not too happy with what he’s doing at OCC…so with that said…drop OCC because I just DVR the program and fast forward thru the OCC builds, I want to see Pauly do what he does best…….design great bikes!!! Good Luck Pauly!

    • Rick is a backstabber he was right there alongside SR., when they hoisted a dummy made to look like Paulie..over a ditch..laughin it up with the rest of the other like-minded vermin. Yeah, they figure they gotta go along to keep their jobs? I dont think a job is more important than having some integrity to stickin to truth and a good longtime friend like Paulie, if I were Paulie no way would I EVER AGAIN hire anyone from that camp., remembering what happened with LEE whom EVERYONE pretty much has a very good hunch who was behind all that, incl. LEE himself as #1 snitch of all time., its not too hard at all to figure whom was behind THAT backstabbing episode of “spy vs.spy”; maybe I and others do not have proof positive, but it doesnt take a rocket scientist to figure that one out. :D WHAT a despicable team of wanna-be’s with SR leading.

  27. I have watched the show since it began and I watch it every week and also the reruns.I blame both sides for all of the seperation.I have lost my father and if I had him back now we would never argue.I feel sr is mostly at fault for all of the problems.He has a checkered past,and acts like he is the all mighty in bike building.He stated that his company is far and away above everybody in the bike business on the last episode,and that is just not true and he know it,his ego is talking all the time.He needs to calm down,as these are his sons and he needs to remember that and the boys need to remember that this man faults and all is still his father no matter what,get over it all of you.You can have your seperate businesses,but continue to be a family at all cost.Sr need to stop bashing jr for his ability at building bikes as he does a great job of it as you can see by the bikes he has built to start out with.Oh by the way.The drag bike never broke any record while you were working on it.They only broke the record after they took the bike and got it going on their own,you only put the parts together that they supplied period.So you do no own any speed record.I hope tlc will continue the show and show both sides as they are doing now but not show so much of the talk between sr and jr,and only focus on the bikes both are building that is the main point of the show anyway.Sr has way to much ego and needs to lower it a little.He is a good man and has done great things,but he needs to calm down some.Remember family is family and you only have one family in this life and when they are gone you can’t get them back so think about that….Jerry Delpaz

  28. Yes I am 60 years old and medically retired from the U.S.Army and I look forward to American Chopper every week. I am pulling for Paul, Jr. as it is quite apparent that Paul, Sr. is very jealous of his son and his abilities in bike design. Paul Sr. talks about all of the bikes he has built but all I have ever seen is him doing a little and the OCC bike crew building the bike and Paul, Sr. taking credit for it. It is such a shame that Paul, Sr. is reverting back to his childhood because he sure acts like a big baby. Keep American on the air and make it more about Paul, Jr. Keep up the great work Paul, Jr. and hopefully Paul, Sr. will come around.

    • Mr. Griffin, since you are from the same generation as the old man, it surprises me that you don’t understand work ethic. I don’t think he has anything to prove with regard to “building”; where do you think OCC began? Wasn’t from Jr’s hard work, dedication and effort.
      Regarding your service, Semper Fi.

  29. I worked for some 20 years building a great bussness and after involveing my sons (who i relate to the tuttul boys) when they left school and could’nt find work. Over the next five years i ignorantly (Or arrogantly) defined my own logic and common scene and allowed them to gradually distroy all i had build. i am now a bankrupt with low self asstem and thoughts of suiside. It happened ten years ago. i am now currently on a carer pention and pay rent.
    Paul senior is a sucsesful bussness man and he has, through his tuff, uncomprmuising demener, raised his family above the bar and now they are out doing it for themselves. Fantasic. The boys cant work with thier father… You should have seen the arguments we had.
    i have a good relationship with my sons but the under current of resentment and bitterness still darkens my heart serverly.
    Senoir, the boys will be fine once they have thier own kids and see how hard it is to make it on thier own. You have given them a fantasic start and i congratulate you on your success. Time heals all wounds. the kids will come home…

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