'American Choppers' fifth-season to premiere January 17 on TLC
By Christopher Rocchio, 01/12/2008
TLC has announced American Chopper's fifth season, which will continue to follow the bike-building Teutul clan, will premiere on Thursday, January 17 at 9PM ET/PT.
While customizing motorcycles at Orange County Choppers' will certainly be included in various episodes throughout American Chopper's fifth edition, its premiere will touch upon a personal moment for the Teutul family with footage of Paul Sr.'s July 2007 wedding to Beth Dillon at the couple's Montgomery, NY estate.
Additional fifth-season highlights include Orange County Choppers paying tribute to the troops with a custom-made motorcycle -- the "Patriot Bike" -- for the Army National Guard; apprentice Jason Pohl attempting to advance his training while trying to obey shop rules; the arduous task of designing a street bike/motocross hybrid for an outdoor lifestyle company; unveiling a specialty bike in Brazil; and Paul Sr. and Paul Jr. teaming up to create custom bikes for Craftsman Tools and DieHard Batteries.
American Chopper's fifth season will also follow Orange County Choppers as it prepares to move into a new 100,000 square-foot world headquarters in Newburgh, NY, which will allow portions of the show to be filmed behind a one-way mirror so customers visiting can watch the Teutuls hard at work.
Teutul Sr. also opened a new 11,500 square-foot Orange County Choppers retail store -- the groundbreaking of which was included in a fourth-season episode -- in West Nyack, NY last August.
American Chopper first premiered on Discovery Channel in March 2003 before moving to TLC last January prior to its fourth-season premiere.
Debmar-Mercury secured the domestic syndication rights to American Chopper last fall, and the show will be available to broadcast stations for weekend runs beginning in Fall 2008.