Former Spectrum bassist Bill Putt has died after suffering a heart attack at the age of 66. The Australian rocker collapsed at his home in Strathewen, Victoria last Wednesday (07Aug13), and locals rushed to obtain a defibrillator machine from a local cricket club in a bid to restart his heart, but they were unable to save the star.
Putt's bandmate Mike Rudd paid tribute to his friend in a post on his website, writing, "Bill has been a rock to me ever since I've known him and his love and generosity of spirit touched everybody he met. His unassuming and gentle nature will be sorely missed, especially by children whom he adored. I am beyond devastated. Bill was an exemplar of the understated bass man.''
The musician played in the band between 1969 and 1973.
His death has sparked debate in Australia after it emerged the ambulance which was dispatched to his home took more than half an hour to arrive.
Rachel White, spokeswoman for the Australian government's Health Minister David Davis, says of the tragedy, "We would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family and Ambulance Victoria is available to meet with them anytime."
James Purefoy vied for an ancient empire in the HBO series Rome. Now, he's making his way into the world of a modern day empire on the ABC series Revenge. Purefoy will guest star on the show as a love interest for one Victoria Grayson. Madeline Stowe, who plays Grayson, described her on screen relationship with Purefoy as "a big, passionate love affair," to The Insider, adding that fans might "see why she connects so peculiarly in such a strange way to people." All this comes just after the announcement that Courtney B. Vance would be visiting the series as the attorney overseeing the Graysons' divorce. Revenge airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. -The Insider
Last night, Parks and Recreation fans got our first taste of Paul Rudd as Bobby Newport, Leslie Knope's opponent in the race for city council. Rudd played the character with his usual flare for hilarious likability, even when he was being a total tool to the hardworking Leslie. Vulture reports that Parks and Rec co-creator/showrunner Mike Schur has confirmed that Rudd is on board for "a minimum of three episodes [total], and hopefully more." We assume this means he'll be around for the debate Leslie proposed last night...and maybe some other big political faceoffs. This is television history. Parks and Recreation airs Thursday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC. -Vulture
HBO's original series Treme was set to enter its third season this coming April. However, the premiere has been pushed until the fall of 2012. Although no official reports have been given as to why HBO has moved Treme's season premiere, it is perhaps to make room for two of the network's incoming series: Veep and Girls. Treme, a drama set around the events of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, has earned quite a positive response from critics, which will hopefully translate to a sufficient stay on the network. -TVGuide
The Big C will return to Showtime in the spring, and will be bringing some notable guest stars along, one of whom is Victor Garber. He'll appear on the third season premiere. Garber is reported to play some kind of a nemesis for Cathy's (Laura Linney) troublesome brother Sean (John Benjamin Hickey), who is now living alone in the house across the street from his sister. Season Two ended with a pretty big cliffhanger, so whatever the writers have planned better bring along some answers. The Big C returns on Sunday, April 8. -THR
Kevin Nealon, who has spent his career bringing comedy to Weeds, Saturday Night Live, Happy Madison movies, and that annual marathon of funny commercials, will be joining a new NBC series: Isabel. The show is a supernatural comedy that centers on a middle-class family that is, in the tradition of TV families, particularly angry. In a less traditional vein, the family discovers that their young daughter, Isabel (Sophia Mitri Schloss) has magical abilities. Nealon and actress Marcia Gay Harden will play Isabel's father and mother, with the former being an insurance salesman—a role for which the character actor's talent for sleazy personas is tailor made. -Deadline