It looks like some version of American Chopper, the reality motorcycle soap opera about an unhappy father and son who got rich and famous building ridiculous bikes, may be coming back and the show is hiring.
On April 12th, Orange County Choppers’ Facebook page announced:
“Orange County Choppers is back at it again! We are about to begin production on a new TV series for a new network. But before we begin, we need a new Creative Director – someone who will work alongside Paul Senior (both on and off camera), building the best custom motorcycles in the world. So, if you are skilled, creative, outgoing, fun and think you can withstand Sr.’s over-the-top personality, demanding style, and sometimes relentless criticism, then we want to hear from you!
“Send an email to [email protected] with your resume & location. Also include a recent photo and a brief explanation of why you would be the perfect person to appear on the new show as the new Creative Director for Orange County Choppers. Feel free to include photos of work you’ve done or any other material you think we need to see.”
American Chopper debuted on the Discovery Channel at the height of the custom V-Twin boom in March 2003. It presented custom motorcycles as a kind of modern art and portrayed the men who built the bikes as being as temperamental and high strung as fashion designers. The principal divas were a bike builder in Orange County New York named Paul Teutul and his son Paul Teutul, Jr.
The show quickly became a hit on Discovery. It moved to another Discovery network named TLC (originally The Learning Channel) in 2007. Paul Jr. was fired by his father and started his own custom bike business in 2008. The show was cancelled by TLC in February 2010. At the time, the network issued a statement that read “The Teutuls will always be a part of the Discovery family and we congratulate them on a tremendously successful series run.” Five months later that network announced the show would be reborn as American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior. That incarnation lasted two seasons and concluded with an episode titled “Chopper Live: The Revenge” last December.
The new show will be produced by American Copper’s original production company, Pilgrim Studios. Founded by Craig Piligian, a one time producer of the CBS reality series Survivor, Pilgrim is probably the leading producer of reality content for television. The company’s shows include Ghost Hunters, Dirty Work and The Ultimate Fighter.
A casting notice on Pilgrim’s website asks “Are you Paul Senior’s right hand man?” The notice explains that Orange County Choppers, “needs some fresh blood – someone who will work alongside Paul Senior, running the shop and helping to build the best custom motorcycles in the world. This is a full-time job working with O.C.C. on and off camera. It doesn’t matter what your specialties are in the motorcycle world. As long as you KNOW the world of choppers, are outgoing, fun and think you can withstand Senior’s onslaught when he’s angry, then we want to hear from you!”