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It’s Official! Alan Ball Stepping Down From True Blood

Posted on the 28 February 2012 by Eric And Sookie Lovers @EricSookieLover

When this news first broke…we posted it here, but it was only rumors at the time. Thanks to EW.com, we now have official statements from HBO and Alan Ball!

It’s Official! Alan Ball Stepping Down From True Blood

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HBO has released this statement;

“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.  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.”

Notice how HBO says, “IF” True Blood is renewed for a sixth season? It sounds like it’s a pretty big “IF” at this point. Hmmm…

Alan Ball released in this statement;

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.”

Now it’s time to get to speculating…

Who do you think should replace Alan Ball as head writer? Do you think they could do a better job? Will they be able to turn this show around, or make it possibly worse?

What are your thoughts? Share ‘em below!


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