4 December 2012 9:10 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

"The Casual Vacancy," the first grown-up novel from Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling, is being made into a BBC series. BBC announced that it was commissioning the adaptation through an independent production company operated by Neil Blair, Rowling's literary agent, and Rick Senat, formerly of Warner Bros. How many episodes and how long they'll be has yet to be determined, though it has been established that Rowling will be closely involved in the project, which will air in 2014. Rowling published "The Casual Vacany" in September. Her first non-Potter novel as well as her first intended for an adult audience, the book is a tragicomedy set in the suburban West Country town of Pagford, a place torn apart after the death of a Parish Councillor leads to an ugly debate and election to replace him, calling up issues of class and politics. Reviewing the novel in the New York Times, Michiko »


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