The Orange County Chopper press machine couldn’t catch-up. A daunting task considering the category-5 storm of controversy and problems for the Teutul family this past year. Egos, fame and dysfunction causes problems in a family? There’s a shock! How will the motorcycle industry survive without them?!
It’s over. After 6 years American Chopper skids to a stop. The TLC series based on the Teutul’s custom-built motorcycle business was often like watching the drug cartels fight over a street corner in Puerto Palomas without guns. Defiant Paul Jr. threaten the stability and the thrash was plainly visible as he co-opted to Seniors intimidation. There was no blueprint for fixing the show, salaries were spent on expensive black t-shirts and that “we’re too powerful” attitude meant viewers re-discovered other reality TV shows.
No more shows of $50K solar-powered customs for corporations that spin the media to look green. No more frustrated “artistes” motivated by monied interests and profiteers. Rumor has it that Paul Jr. makes a life changing announcement tonight. If that’s not publicist spin to beg attract viewers. Call me crazy, but I suspect it has something to do with Celine Dion’s Vegas deal which begins a new 3 year run at Caesars Palace beginning in March 2011.
For me it became obvious way back when Vinnie departed that it was a downward trend and empty vessel. Was the shows self-destruction a surprise to anyone? The fights looked less scripted and a lot more about anger, then the pillow-talks with Paul Jr’s wife about the break-up and starting his own business, Mickey’s stupid is, as stupid does act then rehab and now it ends like they always do — in a court room disputing money. Let’s celebrate. Tonight is the final episode.
When you spend money like a rock star and all that’s left is an echo chamber in the form of a multi-million dollar shop…nothing but a lot of “indecipherable chatter” remains.
UPDATE: January 14, 2011 — Updates and new post on Senior vs. Junior HERE.
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