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Ball Departing TRUE BLOOD

Alan Ball will end top gig at True Blood.

By Jarrod Sarafin     February 28, 2012
Source: HBO, Alan Ball


Anna Paquin, Ryan Kwanten and director Alan Ball on the set of TRUE BLOOD: Strange Love(2008).
© HBO

It looks like Alan Ball will be relinquishing the top producing role in HBO's "True Blood" if the network decides to renew the popular show past this summer's next season. Both the cable network and the showrunner have already worked out the details and announced Ball's upcomning departure in joint statements.

From Alan Ball:

"'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."

From HBO:

"When we extended our multi-year 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. This is the best possible world for both HBO and Alan Ball. 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."

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wish 2/28/2012 11:48:00 AM

It's been a strong show for most of its run so far, I think it could survive without him on a daily basis, but there is no denying his genius as a showrunner, everything he's done so far has been great and I look forward to more from him and HBO.

Besides, how many more seasons does it really want to go for anyway?  6 is kinda max for most really good series, even a lot of good ones that go 7 and beyond haven't been totally worth watching after 5 or 6.......but I'll watch it until it's dead..............haha..............get it? dead? 

creamygnome 2/28/2012 2:53:47 PM

I'm sure the soap opera with boobs can survive without him.  I guess I just don't understand the appeal.  Watched the first couple seasons, didn't do it for me.

InnerSanctum 2/28/2012 3:29:22 PM

 So, True Blood is losing its balls?  

Wiseguy 2/28/2012 4:07:27 PM

I'm with you on that creamygnome. After 2 seasons I had enough. The bloody, soft porn, not scary at all soap opera obviously appeals to some but not to me. I found the politics plain stupid to be honest, and many of the characters just started annoying the hell out of me

scytheofluna 2/28/2012 5:27:01 PM

 Love it.  It is what it is & it's always been silly fun.  I haven't seen season 4 but like most serialized TV I prefer to buy things on disc & watch them all in the course of a weekend.  True Blood is no Game of Thrones or Breaking Bad, but it's waaaay the hell better than any vampire series since Buffy.  I'll hang on for as long as it's fun.

trollman 2/28/2012 11:44:32 PM

But who doesn't want to see anna paquin naked? She has such nice boobs. It really is the only reason I watch. Nice my wife has a Vampire fetish so she enjoys it too.

SaintNiC 2/29/2012 5:49:20 AM

I hope now the show can get better. Season 1 was great but the others were lacking. I've read the books and love the stories so I didn't understand his need to change things so much. It didn't make sense to me and I don't think it translated as well if he'd just followed the source material more. Season 1 was practically word for word of the book. The soft porn does nothing for me but make me feel awkward. Don't get me wrong, I'm a chick and I think Anna Pacquin is beyond gorgeous, but it gets a little silly after a while. I'll still watch the show religiously no matter what though. Something about my favorite books being transferred to life grabs my interest.

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