It must be reassuring for the producers of AMC’s The Walking Dead to see a headline about showrunner drama on a major cable series and realize that for once it’s not about their show.
But this is the case for True Blood, the popular HBO gothic soap about sexy vampires and their sexy adventures with sexy humans and other supernatural creatures. As you’ll call, show creator and executive producer Alan Ball stepped down at the end of last year, replaced by Mark Hudis. Well, The Hollywood Reporter tells us today that Hudis is stepping away from True Blood before his first season as showrunner, the series’ sixth, has even aired.
“Mark Hudis has stepped down as showrunner of True Blood to focus on development under his overall deal with the network.” said an HBO spokesperson. Hudis will continue under his two-year development deal he signed with HBO last spring.
Brian Buckner, a writer/producer who’s been with True Blood since season one, will take over for Hudis.
So why is Hudis gone? No one – with surprise sarcasm – is talking. Perhaps he couldn’t cope with the horrible mess Ball left behind in the season five finale, and I don’t just mean the massacre at vampire HQ.
True Blood season six debuts on HBO this summer.