- - Monday, December 3, 2012

The BBC says it is turning J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults into a television drama.

“The Casual Vacancy” is a darkly humorous saga of modern British life in which a local council election unleashes rivalries and resentments in a small town.

The novel is Ms. Rowling’s first full-length book since she finished the “Harry Potter” saga in 2007. It was published in September to mixed reviews but topped best-seller charts.

BBC drama controller Ben Stephenson called the book “an extraordinary tapestry of modern Britain” full of “humor, social commentary and above all fantastic characters.”

Ms. Rowling said the BBC was the “perfect home” for her story.

Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum, who met on “The Bachelorette” in Fiji, ... more >

The BBC said Monday that the adaptation is expected to air in 2014. The number of episodes has yet to be decided.

A bachelorette no more: Ashley Hebert weds beau

Ashley Hebert is no longer a bachelorette.

The 28-year-old Maine native got hitched over the weekend in Pasadena, Calif., to 35-year-old J.P. Rosenbaum of Long Island, N.Y., who proposed to her on the seventh season of the ABC dating reality show “The Bachelorette.” Ms. Hebert tweeted that “12/1/12 goes down in history as the best day of my life!!”

Natalia Desrosiers, spokeswoman for Warner Bros. Television, which produces the show, said the wedding will be aired on Dec. 16 on ABC.

Ms. Hebert, who also competed on “The Bachelor,” grew up in Madawaska, Maine, and is a dentist. The couple now resides in the New York City area.

Only one other couple that met on the TV show has married. Bachelorette Trista Rehn married Vail, Colo., firefighter Ryan Sutter in 2003.

Study shows growth in second-screen users

Television viewers were once called couch potatoes. Many are becoming more active while watching now, judging by the findings in a new report that illustrates the explosive growth in people who watch TV while connected to social media on smartphones and tablets.

The Nielsen company said that 1 in 3 people using Twitter in June sent messages at some point about the content of television shows, an increase of 27 percent from only five months earlier. And that was before the Olympics, which was probably the first big event to illustrate the extent of second-screen usage.

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