VH1 to air Bret Michaels special

Has pushed back start of docu-series due to star's health

NEW YORK -- VH1 will air a half-hour Bret Michaels special on Memorial Day, 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 programming 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.

"After Bret's recent appendectomy and life threatening brain hemorrhage, we're so happy that he is on the road to recovery and coming back to VH1 in 'Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It'," said Olde. "Bret is family to us and has always been a huge hit on the network, headlining several series and specials that have garnered record breaking ratings and made a strong connection with our audience."
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