'True Blood' to get Mark Hudis as show runner for possible Season 6
"True Blood" hasn't yet been renewed by HBO for a sixth season -- Season 5 premieres June 10 -- but barring the Mayan-predicted end of the world in 2012, Sookie, Bill and the rest of the vampires, werewolves and fairies of Bon Temps will doubtless be back for more next summer. With one big difference: They'll have a new show runner guiding their adventures.
Series creator Alan Ball announced last summer that the fifth season of the show would be his last as show runner, but he's not leaving the world of vampires completely. He's staying on as executive producer, but co-executive producer Mark Hudis will be stepping up to the boss' seat.
Hudis has a long history with Ball; they worked together on the sitcom "Cybill" back in 1997. He joined the vampire drama during the show's fourth season.
Ball, meanwhile, is going on to develop his new crime series "Banshee" for Cinemax and his medical drama "Wichita" for HBO. Ball remains under a multi-year contract with HBO.
-- Patrick Kevin Day
Photo: Alan Ball, right, Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin on the set of "True Blood" during its first season. Credit: HBO.