American Chopper has been canceled by the Discovery Channel after 10 years, but Orange County Choppers and the Teutul family will be stars forever, thanks to Pilgrim Studios.
“After 10 years and 233 episodes of incredible, riveting reality television, American Chopper will be ending its run,” Eileen O’Neill, president of Discovery and TLC Networks, said. “This series was one of the very first family-based reality programs on television … 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.”
The series, about a father and son building custom motorcycles, debuted as a special in 2002 before becoming a regular series. In 2008, the show moved to TLC but was canceled a few years later due to a family feud. Discovery then began airing the program again after the dispute was settled.
“This was the first family docu-soap,” executive producer Craig Piligian told EW. “They put on display, for all to see, what really happens in a tight family business, warts and all. I’m really proud they were so open and honest.”
Orange County Choppers will again be featured on the upcoming “CHOPPER LIVE: THE REVENGE” special that will will include Jesse James on Dec. 10 and 11.
American Chopper was produced for Discovery Channel by Pilgrim Studios. Craig Piligian, Ralph Wikke and Mitch Rosa are executive producers for Pilgrim Studios, and Christo Doyle is executive producer for Discovery Channel.