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THE CASUAL VACANCY
April 30, 2015  | By David Bianculli

HBO, 8:00 p.m. ET

 

MINISERIES PREMIERE: Part 3 of 3. This is the conclusion of J.K. Rowling’s miniseries, which stars Michael Gambon as the prominent patriarch of a small British town, trying to steer a public election to favor the transformation of a rehabilitative halfway house to a luxury hotel and spa. There are a few good performances, but this final episode takes an unforgivably bleak turn, and also, on balance, isn’t that good, period. If it were, would HBO be showing this miniseries on a Wednesday and Thursday?

 
 
 
 
 
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