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Is ‘True Blood’ in (More) Trouble?

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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.

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Bon Temps is all shaken up! If you thought last seasons ending was a shocker, then think again. News has just hit the web that Alan Ball, the man who brought Charlaine Hariss’ addictive Sookie Stackhouse novels to the cable network HBO, will be stepping down  from his position after True Blood Season 5.  HBO gave Hollywood Reporter the following statement in response to the announcement:

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.

This of course sends me, and I’m sure other die-hard fans of True Blood,  in a worm-hole of shock. Even though the show has had its ups and downs plot-wise, it tried to stay true to the essence of the story line. We’ve all grown to love and hate different characters that stay in our memories, especially those off the wall sex scenes. (yummy) Alan Ball was reported to being “drained of energy” for the show after this last season and had this to say about his decision to leave:

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.”

Alan Ball is already getting ready to leave the sci-fi realm for a different project for both HBO and Cinemax, one of which is titled Banshee which he will be executive producer and the other  being “Wichita, an hour-long medical drama in development at HBO about a Kansas surgeon who inadvertently becomes the focal point of a contemporary political, cultural and ethical war surrounding late-term abortions.” While these new projects he plans to focus on are great, will his departure from the show ‘hurt it in the long run or is new blood needed to bring an invigorating spice and allure back to the show?

HBO has renewed the hit show, True Blood, for a fifth season. What this means, really, is another twelve episodes of Bill Compton saying “Sookie” in the way that he does, and more sex and blood. It’s like watching a train wreck: it’s morbid and strange, and yet you just can’t look away.

This is what Michael Lombardo, president of HBO had to say:

I am thrilled that ‘True Blood’ continues to enjoy a phenomenal reception from both subscribers and critics. Alan Ball and his gifted team have devised the greatest thrill ride on TV.

And Alan Ball:

I remain amazed and delighted by the enthusiasm of our viewers. I can’t imagine having more fun than this.

True Blood is based on the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris, and is currently partway through its fourth season. The next season is set to air summer of 2012 and filming will start later this year in LA with Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer (who are both banging IRL and apparently hold nothing back while filming sex scenes), and the rest of their cast.

Source: Coming Soon

Accents, blood and more adult situations then your first college party, it must be another season of HBO’s True Blood. After the conclusion of season 3 the fourth season has been confirmed by creator Alan Ball to be based off  ‘Dead to the World’. The fourth novel in The Southern Vampire Mysteries series that True Blood is the basis for. Never having read it, I dunno what the hell that means. Perhaps more gratuity than the previous seasons? Yes please.

Enough setting up. Let’s jump straight into this special season 4 promo of everyone favorite Vampire series.

Real Vampires don’t sparkle

So season 4 is going to have witches? Ok, as long as they can top Bill’s ‘head twisting’ one night stand from season 3 I’ll watch with open eyes and a handful of tissue (for tears of course).

Season 4 of True Blood premires June 26 at 9pm.

Via: Coming Soon

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The following 6 page preview of IDW’s True Blood comic which comes out in July isn’t terrible. By terrible I mean it’s lacking the crazy sexy and slaughter of it’s live action counterpart. Sookie in a wet T-shirt contest hardly qualifies as “Pervy”, but definitely constitutes  a “Naughty”. Though, give it another 20 pages and I’m sure all that dirty violence will be prevalent.

The plot was developed by show creator Alan Ball, along with series writers Elisabeth Finch and Kate Barnow, and co-written by David Tischman and Mariah Huehner . ”In the first storyline, Sookie and the rest of Bon Temps find themselves waiting in Merlotte’s bar for a strangely portentous raging storm to subside,” the release says. “Soon, they discover they’ve been trapped by an entity that feeds off of raw emotions and begins killing off the patrons one by one until his hunger is sated.” Sound interesting? As long as there is a naked Sookie and plenty of vampire sex then who cares?

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