Fat ‘N Furious: Rolling Thunder
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Television: Discovery Channel renews ‘Fat ‘N Furious’

A popular reality show that features a pair of New Castle residents is going into the second lap.

And fans of the TV hit, “Fat ‘N Furious: Rolling Thunder,” have reason to be happy.

The show, which aired on the Discovery Channel on Monday night, has been renewed for a second season. That means Steve McGranahan and Andy Pivarnik will be part of eight more shows.

McGranahan, who bills himself as the World’s Strongest Redneck, and Pivarnik teamed up with Youngstown area residents Tommy Christmas and Chuck Kountz to rebuild muscle cars and bring them back to life.

At the end of each episode, there is a drag race to demonstrate power and speed.

Fat ‘N Furious: Rolling Thunder

From left, Chuck Kountz, Tommy Christmas and New Castle’s Andy Pivarnik look over an engine compartment they are working on for the Discovery Channel show, ‘Fat ‘N Furious: Rolling Thunder.’

McGranahan and Pivarnik are revved up about the news. They learned recently that the Discovery Channel was picking up the show again, Pivarnik said.

The crew disassembles and reassembles cars at Christmas Automotive, which is located in Boardman. The show was shot mostly at Christmas Automotive’s race shop in Fowler, Ohio. It is produced by Gurney Productions.

Even those who can’t call themselves true motorheads were drawn to the four, who have known each other and worked together on cars for a long time. Their personalities shine through, and clean humor combined with some junk-food munching make for a clean, family-oriented show.

The dialogue is mostly off-the-cuff, which was a hit with the audience.

McGranahan said he felt very blessed the show is being renewed.

There was no date provided as to when production will start and what locations will be chosen, but Pivarnik said he believes filming will begin soon.

“Fat’ N Furious” has also brought fame and recognition to the crew.

Pivarnik said fans have showed up at events and the reaction has been very positive.

“I’ve been told that this is a show people can watch with their children,” he noted.

McGranahan has been on CMT’s “Country Fried Home Videos” and made an appearance with Larry the Cable Guy on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

Pivarnik, who had no previous acting experience, said, “This came naturally to me. I’m elated. This is great.”

And viewers can now look forward to tuning in for more.

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