Rocker Bret Michaels is preparing to bid farewell to two of his longtime bandmates when they perform together for the last time in Virginia on Thursday night (14Aug14). Dirty Ray and Lucky Chucky will bow out of the Poison frontman's solo tour line-up after a decade on the road with Michaels.
In a post on his website on Thursday afternoon, the singer writes, "Tonight’s show for me will be a very Bittersweet moment as two of my best friends and solo band members Bassist Dirty Ray and Drummer Lucky Chucky will exit as best of friends to pursue personal ventures and have helped to find their replacements Bad Boy Bart on Bass and The Manimal Magic Mike half man half beast on the drums.
"Ray and Chuck will be missed and are always considered my great friends. Thanks for over ten awesome years playing music, touring together and helping me continue to make music and living my dream. Rock on my brothers!
"I have chosen my home state of Pennsylvania to kick off the first show with (replacements) Bad Boy Bart and Manimal Magic Mike."
The two new band members will make their debut with Michaels in Reading, Pennsylvania on Friday (15Aug14).
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Will Ferrell is set to adapt cult U.S. TV series Manimal into a feature film.
The Anchorman star and his producing partner Adam McKay's next project is reviving the short-lived crime series with a hybrid live-action/animated movie.
Manimal, which ran for just three months in 1983, starred Simon MacCorkindale as Dr. Jonathan Chase, who had the ability to transform into any animal in an effort to help police solve crimes.
Glen A. Larson, who created Manimal as well as shows such as Battlestar Galactica, Magnum, P.I. and Knight Rider, is also on board to produce the film with Ferrell and McKay.
Ah, if only the commercials were it. Two minutes or so of slick, cleverly-edited entertainment and – switch! – onto the next ‘show.’ Trouble is, even given our ever-shrinking collective attention span, television producers still have to fill at least 20 more minutes or so with actual storytelling, let alone the double that for an hour broadcast, and on a repeated, weekly basis. When it comes to the horror and sci-fi genres, it seems few other areas of the small screen have ever led to as much misdirection and, oh - let’s be honest – outright disappointment in terms of promising something really good (and far too many times, failing to deliver). With Fox’s new Sleepy Hollow now off and galloping to its eventual fate as only the viewers will determine, Hollywood.com takes a look back over the years to similar fare that looked completely cool in the commercials, only to be anything but come actual air-time.
The Lone Gunmen (FOX, 2001)
A spinoff of The X-Files, The Lone Gunmen followed a group of geeky conspiracy theorists that, inexplicably, deviated from its alien-origins to offer physical comedy and more down-to-Earth plot lines. It lasted but 13 shows.
Manimal (NBC, 1983)
The ultimate example of great-looking promo turning into a flop at airtime, especially when the quasi-superhero with an ability to turn into any animal chooses a hawk or black panther in almost every one of its eight episodes.
Kingdom Hospital (ABC, 2004)
Not even Stephen King, some star power and elongating the planned mini-series to a full show could save this effort. Poor ratings led to its cancellation after only one year.
American Gothic (CBS, 1995)
Yes, even someone as sure-handed as Sam Raimi can misfire, particularly in this Gary Cole, creepy-sheriff vehicle that went bye-bye in a hurry. Produced by former teen idol Shaun Cassidy.
The Secret Circle (CW, 2011)
Take the writer from The Vampire Diaries; substitute witches for vampires and insert a bland cast without any discernible charisma. Voila! The Secret Circle. Twenty-two episodes later, the secret was out – it sucked.
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The star, known for his role as Dr. Harry Harper on hit U.K. hospital drama Casualty, passed away at a London clinic on Thursday night (14Oct10) with his wife, actress Susan George, by his side.
MacCorkindale went public with his cancer battle last year (09), revealing doctors had discovered a tumour in his bowel in 2006. He learned the cancer was terminal after it spread to his lungs in 2007.
The actor began his career in the theatre and made his West End debut in a production of Pygmalion.
He shot to fame after starring in Agatha Christie murder mystery Death on the Nile in 1978, and went on to star in small screen hits Dynasty and Dukes of Hazzard.
However, MacCorkindale will perhaps be best remembered for his appearances in 1980s U.S. series Manimal and Falcon Crest, as well as the six years he spent on Casualty.
Paying tribute to her husband, actress George says, "No-one could have fought this disease any harder than he did since being diagnosed four years ago.
"He fought it with such strength, courage and belief. Last night, he lost this battle, and he died peacefully in my arms.
"To me, he was simply the best of everything, and I loved him with all my heart. He will live on in me forever."
The story of Jonathan Chase, a professor of behavioral science at New York University who possesses the unique ability to transform himself into any animal, a trick he learned from his father and which he now uses to assist the police. The series depicts Chase's exploits battling crime as the mysterious superhero "Manimal."