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Alan Ball to Exit True Blood

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While information is still coming in, it's now been confirmed: Alan Ball is stepping down as the True Blood showrunner.

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The news was broken by Forbes, which cites exhaustion as the basis for Ball's departure. He'll reportedly still be involved with the show in some other capacity - a "supervisory" role, the network says - but a new regime will come in to take charge after season five.

"True Blood has been, and will continue to be, a highlight of not only my career but my life," Ball said 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."

What do you think of this news? Was it time for a change? Dare we say, a transfusion of fresh writing blood? Sound off now!

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yeaaaah! At first, i was like he looks so familiar! blah blah. and now, I\'ve conencted him with Eric. Lol. I don\'t even know his name. but.. sometimes he stares at me in the hallway or occasionaly if i see him other than after a certain class yeah..except he isn\'t as muscular, very skinny..


how was the sookie/eric storyline handled better in the books??? after eric got his memory back it took 2 books for him to figure out what the hell happened between him and sookie, she just buried it. I enjoyed the fact that they at least had him remember right away, so all those issues were placed infront rather than being buried. i'm happy and sad alan ball is stepping back. yes he did straaaayyy way too far from the books from my opinion. BUT what alot of fans don't realize (especially those who didn't read the books) he took bits and pieces so everyone who has an issue with fairies, and witches, and werepanthers.


I have read all the books, and I wanted to see more of Sookie and Eric. Bill was so not believable as king. Plus I am tired the whole Bill, Sookie and Eric thing. I hope that this season is better then last season!!!!


Never thought I'd say it but this show has truly 'jumped the shark'. Too many characters for any development, scrambled story arcs. Fairies, panthers and now witches!! Time to call it a day.


I am glad to see this change.. Last season was a total let down since so many fans were waiting for the whole Eric memory loss and plus the great shower scene... Plus it was straying too far from the books.. Bill as King? Really? Bill is too emo to be a king... I was hoping for Jimmy Smits to be Felipe de Castro... I wish Mr. Ball the best... but.. perhaps its for the best


Will miss him...but can't wait for the summer!!!


Mixed feelings on this as well. Alan Ball was somewhat running the show into the ground, way too many characters and jumbled storylines...but switching a showrunner this late in a series is not alwways a good move.


Good but I'm still not watching next season.


Agree with the mixed feelings. On some things I liked Alan Ball's direction and others not so much. I did like the whole Jason and Jessica saga, but yes I didn't like how the Sookie/Eric saga was handled. It wasn't bad, but the books were far better.


This is a toss up between good and bad. The last 2 seasons haven't been as great, but I don't know if the new showrunner coming in could make it better or make it worse.