The show’s latest season, dubbed “American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior,” will shift to Discovery with new episodes starting next Monday at 9 p.m.
The franchise, which introduced the Orange County Choppers family to Discovery viewers in 2003, moved to sister cabler TLC in 2007.
“American Chopper” actually first returned to Discovery this past Monday, Nov. 29, with the special “American Chopper: A Family Divided.”
The move comes at the behest of Discovery Channel prexy-g.m. Clark Bunting, who originally developed the show at Discovery under his previous tenure there. Now that Bunting’s back in charge at the cabler (he also serves as prexy of sister Science Channel), the exec looked to bring “Chopper” back.
Bunting said he’s been looking to build up the channel’s brands, and “Chopper” has its roots at Discovery.
“I was incredibly proud to have been with ‘American Chopper’ at the very beginning,” Bunting said. “And in a year that saw signature series like ‘Deadliest Catch’ and ‘Shark Week’ have their best years ever, I’m thrilled to bring such an iconic Discovery Channel series back to its roots.”
A lot has changed with “American Chopper” since its original Discovery days. Most notably, a family feud developed between father and son Paul Sr. and Paul Jr., who now operates a competing shop.
Craig Piligian exec produces through Pilgrim Films and Television.