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True Blood creator Alan Ball hints at show exit

True Blood, Season 3

Story by Jack Foley

TRUE Blood creator Alan Ball has hinted that he may soon leave the hit vampire show.

As American viewers prepare for the Season 4 launch this Sunday (June 26, 2011), Ball has been telling The Hollywood Reporter just how difficult maintaining the show’s quality and originality is becoming.

He is currently negotiating for a fifth season but candidly admits: “I don’t know if I have any left in me after that. We’ll see.”

However, he can still see the show continuing on without him, given that its source material – Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse – has amassed 13 books.

He also credited the supernatural element of the story as a blessing in that “you can always go places storywise that you couldn’t go on another show”.

When asked how challenging keeping things fresh and unexpected was for the upcoming fourth season, Ball said has been “really tough” – although he was quick to maintain that he’s happy with it.

But, by the same token, he’s “ready to take a big vacation right now”.

Ball first hinted at a possible departure from the show in an interview with Rolling Stone, in which he said: “I don’t believe True Blood is 100 percent dependent on my participation… there could be a future where I step back and the show would continue.”

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