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Paul Teutul and Paul Jr. are back! American Chopper returning to Discovery in 2018

It’s been over half a decade since American Chopper last graced our screens — now Paul Teutul and son Paul Jr. are returning for an all-new season in 2018! The pair fell out as the original series unfolded over the seasons with Paul Jr. eventually leaving Orange County Choppers to set up his own motorcycle design company, Paul Jr. Designs. What was American Chopper became American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior in 2010, with that show’s last episode airing in December 2012. The all-new series of American Chopper will follow them as they aim to try and mend their bad more
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'American Chopper' Star Paul Teutul Sued, Allegedly Screwed Partner On Failed Show (Update)

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2:20 Pm Pt -- Paul doesn't share his ex biz partner's memory of the deal. He tells us, "Unfortunately, Mr. Derbyshire's interpretation of said events is without merit."Paul Teutul Sr. -- co-founder of Orange County Choppers and star of "American Chopper" -- cost his business partner millions and ruined a future TV project ... according to a new suit. Thomas Derbyshire claims he and Teutul formed a company specifically to produce a show for A
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High Noon Entertainment Celebrates Two Decades of Bringing ‘Heart’ to Reality TV

High Noon Entertainment Celebrates Two Decades of Bringing ‘Heart’ to Reality TV
Name your unscripted reality TV production company High Noon, and inevitably the question comes up: Is founder and CEO Jim Berger a Gary Cooper fan?

“Nope,” says Berger, who explains: Just as his 20-year-old Denver-based company was about to launch its first show, “Work in Progress,” execs learned that Food Network scheduled it at noon. “We needed a name,” he continues. “So I said, ‘We’re in the west, it’s about to air at noon, let’s call it High Noon.’ My friend designed the logo in about 20 minutes and it hasn’t changed since.”

Hitting the bullseye on the fly like that takes a rare combination of industry insight, gut instinct, and sheer luck — and High Noon Entertainment, which Berger runs with co-founders Duke Hartman (COO) and Sonny Hutchison (chief administrative officer) — has a surfeit of all three.

Over the past two decades, with such hits as “Cake Boss,” “Fixer Upper
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Pilgrim Studios Introduces Six Original Series with New Digital Video Platform

Cat therapists and Hollywood extras. These are two of the six original series Pilgrim Studios will be launching as part of 1620 Media, their new digital video service.

Founded in 1997 by Craig Piligian, Pilgrim Studios is a TV production company responsible for popular reality series like American Chopper and Dirty Jobs. Now, they're getting into digital content with 1620 Media, a video platform service that promises content ranging from comedy to documentary and animation.

You can view 1620 Media's debut original on their website,, or on their YouTube channel. No pay required.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the site will begin with six series that include Barry Bostwick's parody of Inside the Actors Studio, Inside the Extras Studio, and The Real Cat Therapist of Beverly Hills, which follows a cat doctor who listens to comedians talk about their problems. Other series feature a documentary show
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San Sebastian Film Review: ‘The Greasy Hands Preachers’

San Sebastian Film Review: ‘The Greasy Hands Preachers’
You’ve heard of “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”? Well, “The Greasy Hands Preachers” is pitched at pretty much the same choir, but instead of seeing the joys of hands-on motorcycle work as a chance to delve into deeper philosophical topics, this collection of superficial platitudes from dudes whose lives were made better by building custom cycles serves mostly to validate its subjects’ two-wheeling lifestyle. It’s just the sort of niche-interest affirmational docu Christopher Guest has made a career of parodying, though this one plays it straight, relying on Orlando Bloom’s exec-producer credit to push-start its limited prospects.

Financed through a combination of crowdfunding and corporate sponsorships (from Belstaff, BMW Motorrad and Motul), the warm-and-fuzzy pic is perfectly representative of a new breed of documentaries flooding the world these days, now that enterprising filmmakers have found a way to leverage the enthusiasm of specific interest groups (e.
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History’s ‘Biker Battleground Phoenix’ Set To Debut In July

Exclusive: History wants to get its motor running this summer. The A+E Networks channel will debut new series Biker Background Phoenix on July 1 at 10Pm. Produced by Da Vinci’s Demons producers and BBC Worldwide label Adjacent Productions, the 9-episode unscripted series aims to take viewers inside the world of custom bike building. With the original American Chopper off the air since 2010, Bbp hopes to grab the market on the genre. Sure to be discussed by A+E at their NYC upfront tomorrow, Biker Battleground Phoenix will focus on five of the top shop owners in the desert metropolis as they battle to build the baddest and best bikes possible. Bryn Freedman is serving as executive producer. Julian Hobbs and Elaine Frontain Bryant will be as the EPs for the home of Pawn Stars while Phil Lott, Travis Shakespeare and Jane Tranter serve as EPs for Adjacent.
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‘World Of Warcraft’ Rides Choppers To Web Series Success

A new web series is putting fantastical warriors on motorcycles. Blizzard, the company behind the hugely-popular World Of Warcraft, has teamed with Endemol and Paul Jr. Designs for Azeroth Choppers, a unique web series that has already scored millions of views. The premise of Azeroth Choppers is both simple and absurd. It is a competition between two teams of Blizzard employees to see which one can come up with a more awesome motorcycle design. One team represents the game's righteous Alliance, while the other uses the villainous Horde as inspiration. In the first episode, both teams pitch their ideas to designer Paul Jr., who is providing the chopper-constructing talent through his company, Paul Jr. Designs. The second episode has already been released as well, and new ones will arrive each week. The total series will run for eight installments, at which point the champion will be revealed. While Paul Jr.
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NBCU’s Wilshire Studios Inks Overall Deals With Producers Stephanie Bloch Chambers & C. Russell Muth

NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s Wilshire Studios is ramping up its unscripted development slate, inking new overall deals with Stephanie Bloch Chambers (Chrisley Knows Best, Married To Jonas) and C. Russell Muth (DEA, Bordertown Laredo). Chambers worked on Bravo’s Toned Up, It’s A Brad Brad World and three seasons of Bethenny Ever After. Muth produced shows for Discovery Channel and TruTV such as American Chopper, American Casino, Tiger Team, and America’s Toughest Bars. He also produced Coast Guard Alaska for the Weather Channel and Big Easy Justice for Spike. Wilshire Studios also is growing its internal development team, hiring reality vet Benny Reuven as VP Development and Programming. Reuven previously served as a development executive at Own and produced shows including Chef Wanted for Food Network.
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'Chrisley Knows Best,' 'DEA' Producers Ink Overall Deals at Wilshire Studios

Wilshire Studios has inked overall deals with two veteran unscripted producers. Stephanie Bloch Chambers, behind USA Network's newly renewed Chrisley Knows Best, and C. Russell Muth, producer of DEA and Bordertown Laredo, have signed new pacts with the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment arm. Gary Auerbach, executive vp development and programming at Wilshire Studios, announced the new agreements. Chambers is a familiar presence within the NBCUniversal properties, having been a producer on Bravo series Toned Up, It's a Brad Brad World and Bethenny Ever After. Muth, meanwhile, worked at Al Roker's production company producing several shows such as American Chopper, American Casino,

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AMC Taps Tracey Lentz As VP Unscripted Programming

Tracey Lentz joins AMC from 3Ball Productions/Eyeworks USA, where she was VP of development. In her new role as VP unscripted programming, Lentz will focus on developing unscripted series for the network. She will be based in L.A. and report to Eliot Goldberg,  Svp unscripted programming. At Eyeworks, Lentz was involved in the development and sale of shows including Celebrity Splash (ABC), Catch A Contractor (Spike), Hungry Investors (Spike), My Big Fat Revenge (Oxygen), Funniest Wins (TBS), Remote Survivor (Nat Geo) and Opposite Worlds (Syfy). She also helped manage American Chopper and the re-launch of Trading Spaces. She previously held creative positions at Current TV, ABC Media Productions, TLC, Gsn/Game Show Network and Showtime Networks.
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ABC Family Orders Three Drama Pilots

ABC Family has ordered three pilots befitting of a network known for high-stakes teen dramas like “Pretty Little Liars” and “Switched at Birth.”

“Alice in Arabia,” a pilot about a teen kidnapped by her Saudi Arabian family after tragedy befalls her parents, is penned by Brooke Eikmeier, who previously served in the U.S. Army as a cryptologic linguist in the Arabic language and trained to support Nsa missions in the Middle East.

“Recovery Road” is a pilot about a teenage girl dealing with addiction and comes from Bert V. Royal (“Easy A”) and Karen Diconcetto (“Ruby & the Rockits”). Beth Miller (“12 Dates of Christmas,” “Revenge of the Bridesmaids”) and Craig Piligian (“Survivor,” “American Chopper”) from Pilgrim Studios and Danielle VonZerneck (“Left to Die”) will serve as executive producers.

“Unstrung” follows a brother and sister who are battling with the cutthroat and emotional stakes of the professional world tour of tennis.
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ProSieben’s Red Arrow Buys Majority Stake in ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ Producer

ProSieben’s Red Arrow Buys Majority Stake in ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ Producer
Red Arrow Entertainment Group, the production-distribution unit of Germany’s ProSiebenSat.1 Group, has acquired a majority stake in Half Yard Prods., the outfit behind such cable reality series as “Say Yes to the Dress,” “Diggers” and “Hillbilly Handfishin’.”

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed but industry sources pegged the pricetag at more than $40 million. Red Arrow’s deal for Half Yard is the latest example of the European and U.S. media congloms scooping up small and medium-sized unscripted production entities in an effort to bolster content creation and the potential to sell hit formats around the world.

Half Yard founders Abby Greensfelder and Sean Gallagher will continue to run the Bethesda, Md.-based company as co-CEOs. The pair, former programming execs at Discovery Channel and TLC, respectively, founded Half Yard in 2006. At Red Arrow, Half Yard becomes part of a portfolio that includes Chris Coelen’s Kinetic Content,
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10 Reality TV Shows You (Probably) Aren’t Watching But Should

Reality TV is always going to be a guilty pleasure. When award season comes around we will always declare our love for Mad Men but how many of us pretend we aren’t actually interested in the Kardashians?

Here are some reality shows that we might feel less guilty about watching. Some you may have heard of but some may passed you buy as you watch Gordon Ramsey yell at overweight New Yorkers. Not all reality is pure trash.

10. Face Off (SyFy)

It’s like a weekly dose of DVD’s extras. Make up effects artists battle out by showing a different style of makeup effect from zombies to aliens and the one girl who always makes a fairy. There is a foundation challenge where contestants showcase a tiny bit of their skills before the big Spotlight challenge. The Spotlight is a three day challenge where they are given a

Cmt Orders More 'Dog and Beth'

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Cmt Orders More 'Dog and Beth'
Fugitives, beware. "Dog and Beth" fans, rejoice! Cmt has ordered 11 more episodes of bounty hungers "Dog," Beth and Leland Chapman's new series bringing its Season 1 order to 22 episodes. Production on the back 11 episodes will begin immediately. "We knew Dog and Beth would shake up the programming landscape at Cmt and they've done just that, more than doubling our quarter-to-date prime average," said Cmt's executive vice president Jayson Dinsmore in a statement on Tuesday. Also read: 'American Chopper's' Paul Teutul Sr. Lands New Cmt Series 'Orange County Choppers' Produced by Electus,
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'American Chopper's' Paul Teutul Sr. Lands New Cmt Series 'Orange County Choppers'

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Discovery Channel's "American Chopper" star Paul Teutul Sr. is returning to television on a new series for Cmt. Pilgrim studios will produce eight episodes of the one-hour unscripted show, "Orange County Choppers," for Cmt. It starts production this summer and slated to air later this year on the cable network. "We're thrilled to be back on television doing what we do best: building outrageous custom motorcycles," said Teutul in a statement. "We have a lot of very cool projects coming up and can't wait to deliver on this new partnership with Cmt
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'All-Star Celebrity Apprentice' Recap: 'Naked Balls and Harry Sauce,' oh my!

Episode 1 of "All-Star Celebrity Apprentice" is ominously titled, "The Wolf in Charge of the Hen House." The show opens in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as the returning best of the best -- and worst of the worst -- "Celebrity Apprentice" contestants join Donald Trump to be split into teams.

Trump puts one-time winner Bret Michaels and previous second-place contestant Trace Adkins in charge as team leaders. Donald takes the opportunity to criticize Brett for coming back, and exposing himself to the chance at going home a loser after his first win. Unfazed, Bret takes turns with Trace drafting their teammates. Bret chooses Omarosa Manigault first, determined to harness her negative energy for good. The guys leave Dennis Rodman as the last player picked. (Something tells us that never happened to Rodman in gym class.)

The contestants move to suites at Trump Tower, and convene to choose team names. Omarosa
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‘American Chopper’ Series Finale – Senior, Junior & Mikey Give Their Final Thoughts

After 10 years on the air, American Chopper has finally come to an end. Fortunately, Senior, Junior and Mikey came together last night for the “real” finale. In it, all three Teutuls reflected on their experience making the show, good and bad, as well as revealed their final thoughts about the entire “American Chopper experience.”

When the Teutuls reflect on past events, fans can typically expect to see familiar scenes of fighting, laughing, building and destruction – and in that respect, this episode wasn’t much different. What this episode did have, however, was new interviews with the three Teutuls sitting next to each other, reflecting about the recent events which almost tore their family apart. For a final episode, the reunion of all the Teutuls is what fans most hoped for, ...

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'Chopper Live': Senior And Junior Look To The Future

'Chopper Live': Senior And Junior Look To The Future
During the "American Chopper Live" special, the Teutuls took a moment to talk about their relationship, and where they see it going from here. Fans of the show have seen Senior and Junior have a complete falling out, leading to a rebranding of the show, pitting one against the other. In this most recent season, they've started repairing their relationship.

Their latest revelation came in the most recent episode, when they realized they might be better off keeping their business ventures separate. They echoed that conclusion live.

"I think that the one thing that we definitely learned is that we can’t do business together. So, maybe the show going away will be the best thing that could possibly happen to us," Senior said.

Junior agreed, emphasizing the importance of family. So, while it's disappointing for fans that the show is coming to an end, there is at least a
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‘American Chopper Live: The Revenge’ Build-Off Winner Revealed – Did the Best Bike Win?

After a heavily censored evening, the American Chopper Live: The Revenge build-off winner has finally been revealed. Mirroring the results our own poll, Paul Jr. Designs once again come out as the victor. Did the best bike win?

Now that all of the festivities are over with, fans can wonder how Senior and Junior were the calmest people on stage. Thanks to a feud between fellow Texans, Jesse James and Fast N’ Loud, a good portion of the show went without sound, almost leading to a physical altercation between James and the “rich” Fast N’ Loud guy.

But even though Fast N’ Loud were newcomers to the build-off, they still managed to take home second place with their text book build of an old-school bike. What’s interesting is why the rest of ...

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‘American Chopper Live: The Revenge’ Bikes Revealed – Who Do You Think Won?

Update: Find out who won the build-off Here

With only a few episodes left after being canceled, the American Chopper Live: The Revenge has turned into a so-called swan song for series fans. Once again bringing together Junior, Senior and Jesse, as well as introducing Discovery newcomers Fast N’ Loud, it’s now time to decide who built the better bike. Will Junior take home the trophy again?

Like in last year’s episode, fans watched a two-hour lead-in to Tuesday’s live episode, allowing viewers to see the process that each of them goes through when building a chopper. And, as expected, Jesse James doesn’t disappoint.

Not only has Jesse James returned with another hand-forged motorcycle, but he’s decided to build it his own way, with no faux television deadlines to worry about. While the rest ...

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