American Chopper will return, but follow Paul Sr. and Junior at their separate shops

Although TLC aired what it said was the series finale of American Chopper back in February, the network will soon start filming its two stars, Paul Teutul Sr. and Paul Teutul Jr., for a new, very similar show that will debut in August.

American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior “begins filming next week and will premiere in August,” The New York Post reports. Because Paul Sr. fired Paul Jr. and the two no longer talk, the new series will follow them separately, and “focuses both on the original Orange County Choppers business run by Paul Sr., and Paul Jr.’s startup bike shop,” which “is located across from the original OCC shop in Rock Tavern, NY, near OCC’s Newburgh site,” the paper reports.

Paul Jr. told the paper, “I’m always hopeful for a reconciliation, but sometimes these things happen for a reason. Even though you never want dissension in any family, especially with your father, this has allowed me to break out and do things on my own.” His dad responded, “I’m happy he’s making an attempt to go out on his own, but I don’t feel he’s ever really followed through with anything in his life. But this way, if he fails, he can’t say, ‘My dad made me fail.'”

Executive producer Christo Doyle said, “This is a very bitter situation that runs really deep — at times I feel I’m a family therapist and not a producer.”

Hog brawl [New York Post]

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