VH1 airs Bret Michaels special, delays reality show

Mon May 17, 2010 8:16pm EDT
 
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By Georg Szalai

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - VH1 will air a half-hour Bret Michaels special on Memorial Day in two weeks, but has pushed back the start of docu-series "Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It" due to the rock star's recent health issues.

"We have temporarily halted production on the series with Bret's health as our primary concern," said Jeff Olde, executive vp of original programing and production. "Production will resume when it is cleared by his doctors."

The show, tentatively scheduled to premiere in the fall, promises to give viewers "an insider's look at Bret's home life when he isn't touring, shooting, partying and rocking out," but, for example, interacting with daughters Raine and Jorja, who call him "Poppa Rocka."

The May 31 special will serve as a taste for Michaels fans to bridge the time until the show's launch. Michaels, the former singer with hair-metal band Poison, was recently hospitalized first by an appendectomy and then by a brain hemorrhage.