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Alan Ball Will Be Putting Down His Pen

Posted on the 28 February 2012 by Tbfansource @tbfansource

Alan Ball Will Be Putting Down His PenSome interesting news has came out today talking about Alan Ball and True Blood.  It looks like after this season Alan will not be writing for the hit HBO show any more.  He will still be part of the show by being in a supervisory role and not in the day-to-day show running role he has been in since the start of the show.

Alan Ball has this to say about the change in staff for the hit show:

“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.”

Alan isn’t the only one commenting on this HBO had a few words to say about this as well:

“When we extended our multiyear 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.”

With all of the other shows Alan Ball is working on it was only a matter of time it seemed that he would have to step down in one of them.  There has not been a replacement named just yet.

What are your thoughts on this and do you think the show will keep going without Alan Ball not writing it any more?

Source: The Hollywood Reporter – “‘True Blood’ Creator Alan Ball Steps Down as Showrunner”

Image Credit: Alan Pryke

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