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17 Nov

November 18, 2012

This story is from the New York Post:

‘Chopper’ outta gas after decade

  • Last Updated:  11:58 PM, November 16, 2012
  • Posted: 11:14 PM, November 16, 2012
The Teutuls have built their last bike — at least for TV audiences.American Chopper” is ending its 10-year run next month, according to ew.com.

“After 10 years and 233 episodes of incredible, riveting reality television, ‘American Chopper’ will be ending its run,” Discovery/TLC Networks president Eileen O’Neill said in a statement.

“This series was one of the very first family-based programs on television.”

The series, a favorite of “Late Show” host David Letterman, was initially centered around Orange County Choppers, located in upstate Newburgh, NY, and featured father Paul Teutul Sr. and two of his sons, Paulie Jr. and Mike.

“American Chopper” launched in 2002 on Discovery, before moving to sister network TLC in 2008 .

It was renamed “American Chopper: Junior vs. Senior” in 2010 after a feud between the two Pauls spurred Junior to open his open his own nearby bike shop called Paul Junior Designs.

The show then moved back to Discovery.

Last summer, as The Post exclusively reported, the two Pauls — who had been estranged for three years and enmeshed in legal battles — agreed to build a bike together, which was the basis of this season’s “American Chopper.”

The final episode, airing over two nights, will feature a four-way “bike buildoff” including Jesse James.

It’s called called “Chopper Live: The Revenge” and airs Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 10 and 11, from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

American Chopper: Old Wounds

12 Nov

November 12, 2012


YAWN, wake me when this one is over.

American Chopper (Season 9)
Old Wounds
Senior throws down the gauntlet for a build-off rematch. The stakes are raised when a new player is added to the mix. Back at OCC, tensions rise around the lift when Jr. and Sr. disagree on the production bike design process.

Trust me, Senior does not give a crap about another build-off, no matter what Jason said last week. You know who cares about another build-off? Discovery, who is using them to push other shows. Last build-off featured Jesse James, who then got his own Discovery show, and now he’s back, along with some guys I refuse to watch from Fast and Loud.

Is that really how they look? Because I look at those guys and I think, “no, I am not interested in being a part of your bizarre Satanic pornography.” Seriously, if Anton LeVay worked in porn he would be that guy. Over groomed, over accesorized-looking turd. Of course I never saw the show. The guy might not be such a tool as he looks.

Tonight’s show teases three storylines.
1- The incredibly phony build-off angle, which is so obviously set up by the network and full of lame trash talk,
2- Junior goes to a company to mass produce bicycle versions of some of his bikes,
3- Paulie and Senior butt heads on the co-build

I like Paulie’s idea. I am not sure that they will be coolest things on the market but I think it is a good idea. It seems like Paulie is licensing the designs to Dynacraft and they will do all the work, which again is a good idea. They will be versions of the Black Widow, Anti-Venom, and Build-off bikes.

OCC went to the Wall of Death, a sort of giant barrel in which you ride fast go-carts or cycles around the inside, like you’d see at the circus. The guys had fun but for me watching at home it was a good time to go get a drink.

The show expects to believe that with the opening of the OCC Cafe, the co-build with his son, the Big Ass Fan bike he is working on, and everything else he is into, he wants to do another build-off. So Senior called the executive producer of his show, who just by coincidence had a camera crew ready in his office. I repeat, he just happened to have a camera crew in his office to record the call. Who are they kidding? This all came from Discovery and they told Senior that there will be another build-off, this time with the Fast N’ Loud guys. One thing was real- Senior built a garbage entry last time, and they reran the footage of him getting booed.

OH, WAIT A MINUTE- at 9:23 Senior said “we were asked to do another build-off.” So as we knew, it was not his idea at all. So why did the show spend the last 20 minutes trying to sell that it was Senior’s idea? If Discovery wants to do a build-off then fine, but why lie to the viewers?

The one real storyline, as far as I can tell, continued tonight with Vinnie turning down Paulie’s request to go to OCC with him. You could see the pain in his voice. Paulie told Vinnie how the call went last week: “Jason was like nails on a chalkboard.” Yup.

The Biker Build-off will be December 11th. The bike has to be one that can run in the street and, presumably, has to be a bike. There was a four-way conference call. Like last time Senior was arrogant and Jesse James came across like a jerk. Why does this show need more phony drama? At least this time around Paulie decides to involve a charity, the Breast Cancer Foundation.

And at 9:30 the cross-promotion started with the Fast N’ Loud guys.
“The Biker-Build-off sucks. It is all bedazzled junk.” – Fast, or was it Loud?
“It is all off the shelf.” -Loud
“Paul Jr Paul Sr? Not worried about them at all. Jesse? Out of touch with reality, old and worn out.” -Fast
“If we show up with a motorcycle we’ll probably win.” -Loud

If you think this recap jumps around from point C to point F to point A, that is just reflective of the show, in which segments are edited in no particular order. for example, there was a segment (advertisement) in which the OCC crew marveled at the big fan that Big Ass installed in their shop. The at 9:30 there was a 3 minute segment where the Fast N’ Loud guys showed off, then commercial. Paulie segments run into Senior segments run into totally unrelated Senior segments. The editing of this show is dine simply at random.

They show comes back from commercial break for a ONE MINUTE segment where PJD sends some cake decorating kits to Jesse James. Then another set of commercials. So from 9:30 to 9:41 there have been 4 minutes of show and 7 minutes of commercials. No respect for the viewers here, none at all. And they do the same thing on Deadliest Catch, a far better show, too.

At 9:41 Senior called “The Fast and The Furious guys” to introduce himself. “None of us watch your show so none of us know your names.” Just like me.
“We just got the stupidest call ever from Paul Senior.” -Fast. And was correct because Jason just started yelling “Tell him to shut his mouth” in the background. Again, Jason is an idiot. Anyway, the guy with the long beard (Loud) bet his beard against Senior’s walrus beard, loser has to shave.
“I think the call went well.” – clueless Senior.

I do not want to sit through another month of this annoyance.

At 9:55 we got the very funny Senior vs. Cody duel. Paulie felt uncomfortable to be at OCC but Cody, with his ten minutes of experience debated Senior on bike building.

“We need to sit down with Jason and put something together.” -Senior
“What’s Jason going to do?” -Paulie. “There are some serious second thoughts going on in my mind.”

If anyone is interested, Senior is on Jesse James’ show up next. More Discovery cross-promotion.

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