End of road for re­al­ity se­ries

Af­ter a decade of trail­blaz­ing TV, fin­ishes up with a two-part fi­nale, writes

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MER­I­CAN Chop­per has closed the book on nine years of riv­et­ing re­al­ity TV with the two-part Amer­i­can Chop­per Live, broad­cast in the US this week.

The saga of Or­ange County Chop­pers, run by Paul Teu­tul Sr, and Paul Jr – the shop was opened by Paul Jr af­ter an epic fa­ther-son feud – blazed a trail for the fam­ily-cen­tric re­al­ity shows that fol­lowed in its wake.

As the se­ries comes to an end, we caught up with Paul Sr and Paul Jr, and asked them to re­flect on the show.

Amer­i­can Chop­per airs in Aus­tralia on pay TV chan­nel Dis­cov­ery Turbo Max. Do you think the show has run its course af­ter nearly 10 years?

Se­nior: I’m sad, really, be­cause I kind of really liked what I was do­ing. It be­came a part of my life; like it was sup­posed to be what I was sup­posed to do when I got up in the morn­ing. If I had my way, I’d con­tinue it. Could it have gone on more? Yeah, it def­i­nitely had more legs.

Ju­nior: To be hon­est, I’m ready to move on. Ten years is a long time and we still have an amaz­ing fol­low­ing . . . to end the show on a good note . . . is a nice, grace­ful way to go out. It’s been an amaz­ing ride. Look­ing back, would you have done any­thing dif­fer­ently?

Se­nior: I hon­estly be­lieve that all that stuff is his­tory and it be­comes your life, whether the ex­pe­ri­ence is good, bad or in­dif­fer­ent. I can’t go back and say whether I’d do this or that. The re­al­ity is that some of the things that went on [in the show] were bad, but some good came out of them. When you act on the spur of the moment, some­times you make the wrong de­ci­sion. And some­times that de­ci­sion is not as bad as you thought.

Ju­nior: I would have liked to have seen some things go dif­fer­ently but some things hap­pen for a rea­son. For me, th­ese past three years with the sep­a­ra­tion (from OCC) and a lot of ug­li­ness and law­suits, I’d rather not have ex­pe­ri­enced that. But I will say I grew tremen­dously as an in­di­vid­ual from the ad­ver­sity and it kind of pro­pelled us to the place where we are now, cre­atively. What are your plans for the fu­ture?

Se­nior: We just opened the first Or­ange County Chop­per Cafe and we’re do­ing two more (cafes) in Mi­ami and one in Panama. And we’re tak­ing our mer­chan­dise world­wide now, which we haven’t done be­fore. Let me say this: I can guar­an­tee you that, at some point, I will be back on TV.

Ju­nior: We’ll keep do­ing the bike thing and we have a bunch of prod­ucts coming out, in­clud­ing bi­cy­cles mod­elled af­ter the bikes. I feel like we’re just get­ting started. We have some (TV projects) in the works but it’s all pre­lim­i­nary . . . we’re gath­er­ing some ideas and there’s a high level of ex­cite­ment about what’s next.

Daily, var­i­ous times, Dis­cov­ery Turbo Max.

Paul Teu­tul Sr and sons Paul Jr and Mikey.

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