It’s time to mark your calendars, because HBO has finally set the date in stone that The Casual Vacancy will make an appearance.

The much-discussed adaptation of J.K. Rowling‘s non-Potter work of the same name has been the subject of rumor, but April 29th is the date to look for.

The book release may have caused its own stir, but even for those who haven’t read it (or aren’t even Rowling fans), the premise itself is a pretty interesting one, and something that the cast should be able to spin into a very interesting miniseries. Of course, I’d watch Michael Gambon in just about anything, so I’m rather biased.

One of the best potential positives of the miniseries is that many of the problems critics have had with the book could easily be adjusted in the adaptation. Of course, that makes for a serious decision in itself, because (assuming we believe there are problems) it’s a gamble to fix such a thing even if you can.

Let me know what you think about this one? Is it going to be a big deal, and are you looking forward to it?

The press release below has a bit more info.

Keep an eye out for previews and trailers coming soon.


HBO has confirmed the debut dates for the HBO Miniseries/BBC adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s global bestseller THE CASUAL VACANCY, with parts one and two scheduled to debut back-to-back WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29 (8:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), followed by the debut of part three the next night, THURSDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET/PT).

THE CASUAL VACANCY centers on Pagford, a seemingly idyllic English village with a cobbled market square and ancient abbey. Behind the pretty façade, however, is a town at war: rich vs. poor, teenagers vs. parents, wives vs. husbands, teachers vs. pupils.

The cast includes Michael Gambon, Keeley Hawes, Rory Kinnear, Monica Dolan  and Julia McKenzie, and introduces Abigail Lawrie.



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