‘True Blood’ season 6 reduced to ten episodes; why?

For those of you wanting some more information now about “True Blood” season 6, we have it for you — but it may not be news that you are altogether thrilled about.

Speaking in an interview with TV Guide, executive producer Alan Ball revealed that the new season is going to be starting up production in January of next year, and that it will only have ten episodes as opposed to the twelve that past seasons have had. What’s the reason for the change? It all has to do with Anna Paquin’s pregnancy. The actress is expected to give birth at some point in the near future, and she needs some time to be home with her twins before going back to work.

The most recent example that we saw of a maternity leave impacting a show was with “Bones,” which reduced its order to 13 episodes last season (plus four “bonus episodes” shot separately) to accommodate series star Emily Deschanel. While the bad news here is clearly that we will have less “True Blood” than usual in 2013, the good news is that there may be some sort of silver lining. After all, 10 episodes forces the writers to tell a story that is pretty compact, and that means that there will be less room for filler than there was in some other seasons. Hopefully, this will mean that every second of TV time will be used for a specific purpose, similar to what we see out of another ten-episode series on HBO in “Game of Thrones.”

“True Blood” season 6 will likely still premiere in June 2013, though it is unclear if the premiere date will be pushed back because of the pregnancy, or if those two weeks will just mean a longer layoff after the season before new programming ends up airing.

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