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Can J.K. Rowling conquer TV with new BBC series?

December 05, 2012|By Scott Collins
  • The author J.K. Rowling at an appearance to promote her latest book "The Casual Vacancy, " at The David H. Koch Theater in New York.
The author J.K. Rowling at an appearance to promote her latest book "The… (Dan Hallman/Invision/AP )

This writing thing might work out after all for J.K. Rowling - the BBC wants to make a series out of her latest novel.

Rowling, the U.K. novelist who became a billionaire from the "Harry Potter" series, will have her first adult novel, "The Casual Vacancy," turned into a British series, with an expected air date in 2014. 

In a statement, Rowling said: "I’m thrilled that the BBC has commissioned 'The Casual Vacancy.' I always felt that, if it were to be adapted, this novel was best suited to television and I think the BBC is the perfect home." 

The novel, published in 2012, is set in the fictional British village of Pagford in the days after a local official dies unexpectedly on a golf course.

"Casual Vacancy" received mixed reviews and has sold nothing like the sensational "Potter" books. It was ranked No. 23 on the Amazon best-seller list as of late Tuesday.

What do you think of Rowling and her latest literary endeavor?

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