It’s been half a decade since viewers were last embroiled in the father-son motorcycle drama of the hit reality series, American Chopper. Now, Paul Teutul Sr. and his son, Paul Teutul Jr. (aka “Paulie” or “Junior”) will return to the Discovery Channel this winter for an all-new season of their iconic television show.
The new version of American Chopper will follow the Teutuls as they “set out reclaim their preeminent bike brands and – hopefully, rebuild some sort of relationship.”
While much of the new show will be similar to the original, there have been significant changes in the two men’s lives that will be apparent on the screen.
Paul Sr. has transformed Orange County Choppers from a mere bike shop into a massive complex, featuring a “café, bowling alley, restaurant and of course, the showroom.”
As you might expect, those renovations were quite expensive and Paul Sr. is feeling the pain as foot traffic at the complex continues to disappoint.
Meanwhile, Paul Jr. is also in a financial struggle, as it becomes harder and harder to find clients for his high-dollar custom builds under his own brand, Paul Jr. Designs.
The original American Chopper debuted on Discovery Channel in 2002 before moving to its sister network TLC until its cancellation in 2010.
A spin-off series called American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior then aired for another two years before the franchise was canceled for good in 2012.
The frequent fights between father and son were a mainstay on the show until a massive 2008 argument led to Paul Jr. being fired and then going off to start his own company.
In its heyday, American Chopper was a ratings hit for Discovery and helped spark the current trend of documentary-style shows popular on Discovery, TLC, and its competitors. No specific date has been announced for the series revival other than sometime this winter.