‘True Blood’ to lose Alan Ball as showrunner after season 5

Alan Ball is out.

Life in Bon Temps is about to change in a very big way — at least when it comes to the man pulling the strings behind the scenes.

In a statement (following a report from Forbes), it was announced Monday via HBO that Alan Ball would be stepping down as showrunner for “True Blood” at the end of season 5:

“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.”

While the announcement may come as a bit of a shock, Ball has hinted about this move in the past — largely due to his desire to not work the same hours that he has in the past. In addition to his “True Blood” duties, Ball also has a new series in development for Cinemax entitled “Banshee.”

Ball himself also issued the following statement concerning his exit from the show:

“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.”

There has been no firm decision yet as to the season 5 premiere date, but if the show follows suit to past years we will likely see Sookie and Bill back on TV this coming June.

Some shows (see “The Walking Dead”) have been able to transition to new showrunners without too many problems on screen — and the adventage this show has is that Ball will still be involved in some shape or form.

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