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Is True Blood Boss Alan Ball Leaving the Show?

Are the vampires of HBO losing their maker?

Rumors are circulating that Alan  Ball, who created the network’s mega-hit True Blood, will  be exiting as head writer after this upcoming season. So what did the network  have to say about Ball’s possible exit from the show? And what does this mean  for Ball’s new show Banshee?

Here’s what we can tell you

It’s true: True Blood is losing its sire!

“True Blood has been, and will continue to be, a highlight of not only my  career but my life,” Ball says in a statement. “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.”

Forbes first reported the news that True Blood,  which is currently in production of its fifth season (premiering this summer),  will lose Ball as a headwriter. Apparently exhaustion is the reasoning behind  Ball leaving the show.

HBO also released a statement regarding Ball’s exit. “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,” the network says. “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.”

There was a rumor last July that Ball was thinking about exciting before True Blood‘s fifth season, but Ball shot that down during True  Blood‘s panel at the Television Critics Association press tour. “There will  be an end for me at some point, but I just closed a deal to do another season,”  he told reporters. “I don’t have any desire to leave because I’m having more fun  than I ever had in my life.”

What do you say fangbangers? Think True Blood will be different  without Ball behind the wheel?




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