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The Discovery Channel has decided to end one of its most successful series after 10 years. The cable network said Friday that the pioneer reality series American Chopper is ending after this season.
“After 10 years and 233 episodes of incredible, riveting reality television, American Chopper will be ending its run,” Eileen O’Neill, group president, Discovery and TLC Networks, told Entertainment Weekly. “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.”
The series focused on the Teutuls family, which runs Orange County Choppers and Paul Junior Designs.
American Chopper debuted in 2002 on Discovery as a special, before shifting to TLC in 2008. Later, Paul Senior and Paul Junior had a falling out and Junior opened his own shop. The network cancelled the series, but brought it back in 2010 as American Chopper: Junior vs. Senior. They later reconciled and the show went back to its original title.
“This was the first family docusoap,” 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.”
According to The Huffington Post, American Chopper will wrap up with a live special on Dec. 10 and Dec. 11 on Discovery. The family will compete against Outlaw Garage’s Jesse James and others.