American Chopper

The arrival of December marks the end of the month-long festivity we know as Movember and what better time to applaud the men of television who celebrate Movember all year round.

As many of us reach for the razors and regain the respect of loved ones, the men on this list will continue to sport their ‘staches and show us all how it’s done.

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DISCOVERY CHANNEL – Thursdays from 11 February, 7.30pm

The business of Orange County Choppers (OCC) has taken a toll on the relationship between father and sons, and the Teutul family dynasty is a shambles. No longer able to see eye to eye with Senior, Junior and Mikey make a clean break from the family business. In a struggling economy Senior fights to maintain OCC’s success rate, while Junior risks it all by starting up his own design firm. Without OCC Mikey must seek a new direction in life but he can’t quite manage to stay on the straight and narrow.

DISCOVERY CHANNEL – Thursdays from 10 September, 7.30pm

Paul Sr., Paul Jr. and Mikey of Orange County Choppers, creators of the world’s most outrageous custom motorcycles, return for the most dramatic and shocking series yet. From the start of the series the company’s foundation is rocked as Paul Sr. and Paul Jr. go head to head in a no holds barred argument. Consequently, everyone at OCC has to adjust to life in the shop without Paul Jr., but for how long? In this series the guys get an order from Jon Gosselin from the hit Discovery Home & Health series Jon & Kate Plus 8 and take a trip to Jon and Kate’s house to see how the family of 10 live.

DISCOVERY CHANNEL – Sunday 6 September, 10.30am – 7.30pm

The best bikes from each season will be showcased in this special Fathers Day marathon of American Chopper.

DISCOVERY CHANNEL – Sunday 7 September, 9.30am – 9.30pm

Celebrate Father’s Day with Discovery Channel’s father and son team, the Teutuls. Catch up with all the new episodes from series 5 which have aired in 2008. New episodes continue on Thursdays at 7.30pm.

DISCOVERY CHANNEL – Thursdays from 21 August, 7.30pm

Start your engines, the Teutuls are back for brand new episodes of American Chopper. This series follows the lives of New York natives Paul Teutul Sr., Paul Jr. and Mikey of Orange County Choppers, creators of the world’s most outrageous custom motorcycles. Each episode captures the day-to-day drama of this volatile father and son team as they battle impossible deadlines and push the envelope of motorcycle design and fabrication. From heated arguments and humorous antics, to creative setbacks and artistic triumphs, American Chopper celebrates one family’s struggle to achieve the American dream. New episodes include Craftsman/DieHard, Klipsch Bike, Viega Corporation, BSN Bike, Manitowoc Crane Company Bike and Production Bike Showcase.

New Episodes: American Chopper: Fan Bikes

Discovery Channel – Thursday 22 November, 7.30pm

The boys at Orange County Choppers get to work building custom designed choppers for some very special recipients – including choppers for golfing legend Byron Nelson’s charity and a custom helicopter themed creation for Silver State Choppers.

NZ Television Premiere: American Chopper Series 4
Discovery – Thursday’s from 3 May, 7.30pm

The hit cult series is returning to Australian televisions this May with more antics from Paul Teutul Sr. and his sons Paul Jr. and Mikey of Orange County Choppers (OCC), creators of the world’s most famous custom motorcycles. The Teutuls have crafted one-of-a-kind themed motorcycles for celebrities, charitable causes and major corporations. In this new series the guys from OCC are faced with the usual tight deadlines as they build a bike inspired by the Hollywood blockbuster movie Eragon and also build a boot-themed bike for the Lugz footwear company. Despite the mounting stress, the Teutuls still manage to find time for some family bonding.

LOS ANGELES: TV talent show American Idol launches its sixth season on Tuesday with its customary assortment of tone-deaf wannabes and acerbic judges plus a handful of changes aimed at sustaining its monster ratings.

Aiming to find the nation’s next instant pop star, the show – a spin-off of a British hit that was a surprise US success in 2002 and became the top-rated US television show in 2006 – kicks off a two-day, four hour premiere on Fox TV.

Despite producing bonafide stars like Kelly Clarkson, country singer Carrie Underwood and Golden Globe winner Jennifer Hudson in the movie Dreamgirls, the question this year is not so much whom viewers will vote as the winner in May, but how long the family-friendly show can continue its winning ratings streak. It garnered an average 30 million viewers per episode last year.

“I think this is the greatest music talent show ever, right?,” record producer Randy Jackson, one of the three-judge panel, told a conference call last week. “I think the show can continue to be successful as long as we go out and find great talent.”

For fans, it will be business as usual on Tuesday with the start of seven shows of must-see auditions of awful and occasionally awe-inspiring performers from major US cities.

But in case interest begins to flag as the singers are whittled down in the viewer-voting format, producers are promising a public songwriting contest for the winning singer’s first single. They are also teasing a big midseason surprise, but keeping details under wraps for now.

For the first time, episodes will be available on the www.americanidol.com Web site after they air and individual performances will be available on Cingular cell phones.

Paul McCartney and Mariah Carey are among the stars reportedly being courted for an appearance in 2007 after the show upped its music credentials last year with guest spots from Stevie Wonder, Rod Stewart and a live performance by the reclusive Prince in the finale.

Advertising Age this month estimated the American Idol franchise at $US2.5 billion, including $US500 million a year in domestic advertising sales on Fox TV, and millions more in CD sales, music downloads and live Idol tour fees.

The show has also spawned merchandise ranging from a PlayStation karaoke game to Nestle candy bars and new Dreyer’s ice-cream flavors Drumstick Diva, Roc’n’Rolo and Hollywood cheesecake.

Win or lose – and either result has made stars out of 2006 4th placed Chris Daughtry, 2003 runner-up Clay Aiken and 2004 7th placed Jennifer Hudson – for the 12 eventual finalists, Idol is primarily about the music and about people power.

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AMERICAN CHOPPER profiles the lives of New York natives Paul Teutul Sr. and his son Paul Jr. of Orange County Choppers (OCC), creators of some of the world’s most outrageous custom motorcycles.

Sparks fly and tempers flare as the father and son team battle it out and race to meet impossible deadlines. Each episode captures the day-to-day drama of what it takes to maintain a flourishing steel fabrication business.

From humorous antics to creative setbacks and artistic triumphs, this series documents one family’s struggle to achieve the American dream, or at least the American biker’s dream…

Thursday 11 January at 8.30pm on Prime.