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True Blood Co-Executive Producer to Take Over for Alan Ball

With True Blood creator Alan Ball stepping down the end of the upcoming fifth season (he'll be devoting time to his new Cinemax project, Banshee), the HBO series needs someone to step in as showrunner. Deadline is reporting that Mark Hudis, who has served as co-executive producer for the last two seasons, will fill the role of executive producer for the sixth season — assuming there is one, that is.