‘True Blood’ hires Mark Hudis to replace Alan Ball as showrunner

Season 5 premieres June 10.

As you may have heard already, “True Blood” is going to be changing things around behind the scenes in the (likely) event that the show is renewed beyond season 5 — and now we know just what that entails.

Multiple sources confirm that Mark Hudis — who has served as a co-executive producer for two seasons — will be promoted to an executive producer and primary showrunner for a possible sixth season. Hudis recent credits include “Nurse Jackie” along with “That 70’s Show.”

As for why Ball is leaving, it’s not because of any sort of Dan Harmon-esque conflicts with his network (in this case HBO) or members of the cast. The reality is that he is simply exhausted, and wants to focus his efforts on his Cinemax series “Banshee” along with developing some new projects moving forward. Ball only had a short break in between concluding “Six Feet Under” less than a decade ago and then starting up this show.

Season 5 of the series premieres on June 10 — just in case you haven’t seen a trailer for the show just yet, you can do so below.

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