Alan Ball Stepping Down From ‘True Blood’ After Next Season

Alan Ball / HBO

The big news that rocked the world of True Blood fans this week is that show runner Alan Ball will be stepping down from his command over the hugely popular vampire series, based on the books by Charlaine Harris, after next season. What this means for fans is that should the show return for a sixth season – after its upcoming fifth season airs this summer – is that Ball will be in a supervisory role; but everything else with the show should remain ‘business as usual’.

According to TV Guide (, Ball stated that “True Blood has been, and will continue to be, a highlight of not only my career but (also) my life”. HBO also made a statement that ‘when we extended our multi-year overall deal with Alan 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”.

As it turns out, Ball’s network deal is that he develop series for both HBO and Cinemax, which he is currently doing. Ball has ‘Banshee’ in contention for pick-up at Cinemax and he is working on a medical drama with HBO.

‘True Blood’ was renewed for a 12-episode fifth season that, again, will air this summer on HBO.