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Michael Gambon The Casual Vacany

Fifty points to HBO!

Michael Gambon (aka Harry Potter‘s Dumbledore) will star in The Casual Vacancy, a three-part miniseries based on Potter author J.K.Rowling’s book of the same name, our sister site Deadline reports.

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The HBO/BBC project focuses on Pagford, a seemingly idyllic English village with a cobbled market square and ancient abbey. Behind the pretty façade, however, is town at war: rich vs. poor, teenagers vs. parents, wives vs. husbands, teachers vs. pupils.

Gambon will play Howard Mollison, owner of the Pagford delicatessen.

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* The CW is launching a Saturday morning educational/informational programming block on Oct. 5 from 7 am to noon.  Ten shows will fill “One Magnificent Morning,” including Dog Whisperer With Cesar Millan: Family Edition, Rock the Park, Calling Dr. Pol, The Brady Barr Experience and Expedition Wild.

* OWN will simulcast Dr. Maya Angelou’s private memorial service this Saturday, June 7 at 10 am ET / 7 am PT.