Tuesday, January 11, 2011

American Chopper Revs Its Engines On The Learning Channel

american chopper revs its engines on the learning channel

AMERICAN CHOPPER, featuring Orange County Choppers, the family business run by Paul Teutul Sr. and Paul Teutul Jr., is moving to The Learning Channel starting Thursday, January 18, from 9-10 PM (ET/PT) to be the cornerstone of a new programming block, TURBO ON TLC.

The first two episodes of AMERICAN CHOPPER on TLC feature a build-off between Paul Teutul Jr. and Paul Teutul Sr., who each build a prototype custom chopper that is their vision of the future of OCC. The two bikes will be displayed in January at an OCC event in Florida, and the fans’ vote will decide which prototype is used for the upcoming production line of choppers produced by OCC.

The Teutuls’ business is also on the move, and the new episodes of AMERICAN CHOPPER’s fourth season follow Orange County Choppers, one of the leading custom chopper shops in the world, as they break ground on their new 92,820-square-foot facility, which encompasses OCC’s garage, service center, retail store, offices and display area. The new episodes document not only the physical changes as OCC expands, but the evolving relationships between Paul Teutul Sr., his sons Paul Teutul Jr. and Mikey Teutul, the extended Teutul family and their OCC staff, which has grown to over 70 employees. The family dynamics and lessons from running a successful business will continue to be featured alongside the Teutuls building some of the most aggressive, creative custom choppers around. Besides the production bike build-off between Paul Jr. and Paul Sr., some of the other builds featured in the new episodes on TLC include an Indy racing-inspired bike with Danica Patrick for GoDaddy.com and a Peavey Amps chopper.

TURBO ON TLC launches on January 18 with the premiere of AMERICAN CHOPPER at 9 PM (ET/PT) and a special episode featuring Mikey Teutul’s adventures around the OCC shop and the Northeast Coast at 10 PM (ET/PT). TURBO ON TLC’s complete lineup includes OVERHAULIN, starting January 18 at 7 PM (ET/PT); AMERICAN HOT ROD, starting January 25 at 8 PM (ET/PT); BIKER BUILD-OFF, starting February 8 at 10 PM (ET/PT); and additional programming and new series currently in development. The TURBO ON TLC lineup is the on-air home for TURBO, the multiplatform, multimedia destination for Discovery Network’s best "motorized" content, from choppers to supersonic jets and everything in between. As a multimedia destination, TURBO is designed for people who love the rush and craftsmanship of all things motorized. The first cross-platform brand in Discovery’s portfolio, TURBO offers content on air, online, on demand and on the go. TURBO programming blocks air on Thursday nights on TLC and Tuesday nights on Discovery HD Theater.

AMERICAN CHOPPER is produced by Pilgrim Films and Television with Executive Producer Craig Piligian. For The Learning Channel, Christo Doyle is Executive Producer and David Abraham is Executive Vice President and General Manager.