True Blood’s Alan Ball to Step Down after Season 5
The show runner of True Blood has been revealed to be scheduled to step down after the fifth season of the show. It has been confirmed that the actor is going to step down from his full time role on the show.
Ball, who happens to have a contract with the HBO network is supposed to stay on with the Supernatural drama, if it’s picked up for a season six. However, for now, the actor is to have a supervisory role in the new crime drama, Banshee.
In a statement, HBO says that when they extended their deal with Alan Ball in July of 2011, they had intended that the actor have more of a supervisory role in the sixth season of True Blood, as compared to being a day to day show runner. They proceed to say that is the show goes to its sixth season; it will still remain in the capable hands of good writers and producers that have been with it for years.
The statement goes on to say that Alan will still be executive producer to consult and offer advice and that he will also be free to develop new shows for the network. Alan is to serve as the executive producer on the Cinemax show Banshee, which is expected to start production in the spring.
Ball is quoted to have stated that True Blood has been and will always be a highlight in both his career and life. He says that he know that even when he takes a step back, the show will still go on, given the fact that it has wonderful writers, producers, crew and cast. He adds that he has had the pleasure of working with these people for so many years and that he looks forward to new and exciting ventures.
Previously, Ball had hinted that he was considering leaving the show after its season five. He was quoted to have stated that, he did not know is he would have anything left in him after that.