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?