Creator Alan Ball Leaving ‘True Blood’ After Season 5

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 31st, 2013 at 10:04 am,

Alan Ball Leaving True Blood After Season 5 Creator Alan Ball Leaving True Blood After Season 5

While True Blood owes its existence to author Charlaine Harris and her Southern Vampire Mysteries series of books, there’s no denying that it owes its popularity to creator and showrunner Alan Ball. So what happens when said creator/showrunner leaves the show?

Well, we’re about find out. After season five ends — which, for those not keeping track, is the upcoming season — Ball will be leaving True Blood in the capacity of showrunner, though he will remain as an executive producer/advisor.

Courtesy of Deadline, here’s the statement from HBO:

“When we extended our overall 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.”

And here’s the statement from Alan Ball:

“‘True Blood’ has been, and will continue to be, a highlight of not only my career but my life.  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.”

Season four of True Blood was considered by many to be the worst of the series – directionless, ridiculous, obnoxious, and worst of all, boring. As someone who has watched the show from start to finish, I can scarcely remember what the point of season four was. Fairies! Cat people! Witches! Baby Eric! King Bill! Jason and Jessica, sitting in a tree! Hilarious ghost-action! And more, more, more. It was as though the writers of the show picked plot points at random and refused to make sense of any of them.

At this point, it’s unclear as to whether or not Alan Ball leaving the show is a good thing or a bad thing. Obviously, the first and best season wouldn’t have been the funny, fresh, and entertaining experience it was without Ball, but perhaps the guy is just sick of living in the world of True Blood and would do everyone a hearty favor by moving on to something new.

As utterly senseless as season four was, the most interesting stuff came at the very end of the very last episode (SPOILER ALERT!)Russell Edgington was alive and on the loose, the vampire-hating Steve Newlin was back as a vampire, Bill and Eric teamed up and murdered Nan Flanagan, and Tara, the most maligned and annoying True Blood character of all time, was shot and seemed to be dying. Like I said, good things all around!

The point is, there are reasons to look forward to season five, even if season four was consistently disappointing. Are you looking forward to it, Screen Ranters?


Twelve episodes of True Blood return to HBO in summer 2012.

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Source: Deadline

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  1. I am sorry, but you are straight up cracked if you think Tara is the most annoying character in the show…seriously. All my people think she is in the top 3 of best characters (Tara, Lafayette & Pam). I understand how scary a mad black woman is to most people, but get over it. Her character has more layers than most of the folks in this show and she can actually perform affecting dramatic scenes without all the camp that has unfortunately invaded everything. SPOILER ALERT season 6 I love camp, but most every character is cheesing it up so much in every episode that I don’t even know how to feel sad at the funeral of a beloved main character.

    Tara is the only one speaking sense most episodes when Sookie is running around like a slutty dumb dumb which is apparently all she does anymore. The only redeeming quality in that last season (season 6) was the Tara and Pam story, which they sadly continued to ignore in favor of completely unbelievable and uninspiring insta-love stories (we just met, but I am SOOOOO into you supernatural investigative journalist girl/vamp-fairy dude who is murderous but, you know whatevs/vamp 90s guy I met in vamp Auschwitz/jealous vamp lover).

    What I want back is an ounce of the joy and playfulness that made most every character less annoying (not including Tara, who has been fabulous throughout-sorry you are all twisted on that) and made the camp pop while it left room for real emotion (remember Sookie eating her gran’s pie in the kitchen-classically simple Alan Ball drama). I want enough time to feel committed to a story before it is shuffled to yet another. Simple up the story lines and bring your characters back together. It is like none of these people even know or care about each other anymore. I know they tried to fix it in the last couple of episodes, but it was again rushed and the writing more than a bit too fluffy (that Terry flashback thing was straight up formulaic, and I felt a bit bamboozled by the effort). Oh, and please god(s)/HBO/new writer guy from Friends, please bring back the fun and fabulous Lafayette we all know and love.

  2. Tara’s race has nothing to do with her being annoying. She was entertaining for five minutes, then got annoying for six seasons. She’s caustic, selfish, witless and useless. Whether human or vampire.