"The Casual Vacancy" is a three-part miniseries adaptation of the novel by J.K. Rowling. The story is based on the lives of the residents living in the fictional English village of Pagford. It's home to a market square and ancient abbey, but what lies behind the idyllic surroundings is a community at war over the legacy of Sweetlove House. Parish Council Chairman Howard Mollison argues for an end to the legacy but is opposed by council member Barry Fairbrother, whose impassioned speech outlines Sweetlove's importance. When Fairbrother suddenly dies, the "casual vacancy" on the council soon becomes the catalyst for a clash that rocks the village.
Based on the same-named hit movie from 1999 that starred Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles, this half-hour series returns to Padua High, where newcomers Kat and Bianca Stratford attempt to navigate the popular crowd and the opposite sex while dealing with their overprotective dad. Kat is a strong-willed, confident kid with an eye toward her post-high-school life, while the only concern Bianca seems to have is how popular she becomes. But smooth sailing it won't be for the pair, especially in the company of head cheerleader Chastity, love-struck nerds like Cameron and the school's mysterious bad boy, Patrick.
It's a generational clash when 40-something ad exec Thom Payne gets a new wunderkind boss, who is in his mid-20s. When his boss starts using words like digital, social and viral, Thom realizes he may need to rebrand himself to compete in a technology-driven world. His pursuit of happiness is going well to this point -- he has a beautiful house in the woods, a loving family, a roster of big-name clients and a trophy shelf filled with awards for his work -- but being slow to adapt compromises his quest. His immediate supervisor, 50-something Jonathan, has begun to embrace the changing environment and encourages Thom to do the same. Otherwise, Thom may be stuck being just "happyish" for the rest of his life.
Summertime in the Midwest means another season at summer camp for teens, which usually promises the campers and counselors such experiences as first loves and first kisses. This time, though, the anticipated summer of fun becomes a summer of terror in this drama series set in the late '80s. When a new owner reopens the previously closed Camp Stillwater, its ancient mythologies awaken, and evil pops up at every turn in the seemingly idyllic setting. With the evil happenings, the young people at Camp Stillwater can add first kills to their list of firsts for the summer.
Three people, who have no connection to one another, slowly realize that they are all dreaming separate pieces of a common dream. Each is on a personal quest, and they use clues found in their collective dream to help them find the solutions to their mysteries, which include searching for a missing girlfriend and a lost child. As the dreamers dig deeper into their investigations, though, they discover that their missions involve stakes that are much bigger than their individual agendas and that the visions they are seeing in their common dream could hold the key to the world's fate.
An obsessed man unable to accept the abduction of his young son spends years searching for him.