I just heard that the Discovery Chanel is going to be running another iteration of its American Chopper Live bike build-off competition to find out who is the “Ultimate Bike Builder.” Actually, American Chopper Live: The Build Off 2 Electric Boogaloo will take place December 10-11, and depending on when you get this magazine, you just might have the show on as background noise as you intently read this here editorial.
Last year the competition was a three-way amongst the stars of the American Chopper series, the Teutuls, Paul Sr. and Jr., and Discovery darling Jesse James. Capitalizing on the success of last year’s event (according to insidetv.ew.com, the show drew 4.8 million viewers), Discovery upped the ante this year by increasing the lineup. “Are You Ready for Chopper Live’s Fearsome Foursome?” states the headline of a press release on the Discovery website. This year the build off will add Richard Rawlings and Aaron Kaufman from the series Fast N’ Loud into the mix.
Similar to last year, the format will be a two-day show with the first night showcasing the competitors and the process of the bikes going together. Then the second night will be a live event from the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas where the winner will be dubbed the title of American Chopper Live: Ultimate Builder, or something like that. I actually didn’t watch it last year so I’m not 100 percent sure what the title was or what the grand prize was/is. After searching all through Internets all I’ve come up with from the press release is “taking home the grand prize (and bragging rights).” Hopefully “bragging rights” isn’t the grand prize and it’s something more significant like a $100,000 donation to the winner’s favorite charity. And like last year, Discovery will bring reality into the event by allowing viewers to vote for their favorite builder … err … builders … err … character … err … bike … err … color?
With last year’s inaugural event drawing the American Chopper series’ second highest rating, it seems that it would only make sense that bringing in the Fast N’ Loud viewership would only surpass last year’s numbers. And if that’s the case then I say next year the network should go all in and incorporate more of its family of reality shows. There’s 30-plus different series the network hosts. If they can pull 4.8-million viewers with the Teutuls and Jesse, wouldn’t it just blow the lid off the ratings scale if they had each team build a bike in a different extreme setting and incorporate some of its other reality series into the whole shebang? For instance, put Senior on the Northwestern and make Captain Sig find calm waters so the big guy can properly put his size 12 up someone’s ass. Throw Junior out in the cold with the Gold Rush guys and make him incorporate everything they dig up into his build. Shove Jesse into the Cash Cab and have driver Ben Bailey shuttle him around New York making Jesse answer trivia questions in exchange for parts or tools. Then take the Fast N’ Loud guys and tie them to Mike Rowe and make them build a bike while Mike learns the ropes as a turkey inseminator. Obviously the MythBusters team would be the judges, the Jungle Gold dudes would supply the awards, the Moonshiners guys would provide the refreshments, and the Laffing Devils and Sinister Mob would set aside their differences and run security detail (outfitted with hardware from the Sons of Guns clan, of course).
I mean really, there are a hundred different scenarios that could be orchestrated here. Discovery has all the playing cards to stack the ratings deck for years. Who knows, come every December viewers could eagerly await a new rendition of Discovery Channel’s American Chopper Live: Ultimate Storm Chasers, Man vs Wild, Texas Car Wars, Deadliest Catch, Auction Kings, Ultimate Bike Builder Holiday Extravaganza.
Until next time,