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True Blood's Alan Ball to step down as showrunner

True Blood: Season 2

Story by Jack Foley

ALAN Ball, the showrunner of vampire drama True Blood, is to step down from his full-time role at the end of the show’s fifth season.

The writer will stay on the show if it is picked up for a sixth season but only in a supervisory role.

The movie has been made to allow Ball to step up his work on new crime drama Banshee for HBO’s sister network Cinemax.

A statement from HBO read: “When we extended our overall deal with Alan Ball in July 2011, we always intended that if we proceeded to True Blood‘s sixth season that Alan would take a supervisory role on the series and not be the day-to-day showrunner.

“If we proceed to season six, the show will remain in the very capable hands of the talented team of writers and producers who have been with the show for a number of years.

“Alan will remain available as executive producer to consult and advise on True Blood and he will be free to develop new shows for both HBO and Cinemax.

Banshee, on which Alan serves as executive producer, is the first in-house series for Cinemax and is expected to begin production this spring.”

Ball added: “True Blood has been, and will continue to be, a highlight of not only my career but my life. Because of the fantastic cast, writers, producers and crew, with whom I have been lucky enough to work these past five years, I know I could step back and the show will continue to thrive as I look forward to new and exciting ventures.”

Ball’s comments offer some hope to True Blood fans who had feared a permanent exit after season five. The showrunner had previously hinted at a desire to leave completely, saying that he didn’t know how much more he had to offer.

All eyes will now focus on whether the show will indeed be renewed for a sixth season of supernatural shenanigans.

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