Yesterday, we reported on a sketchy story that said Alan Ball was stepping down as head writer on True Blood. I found it sketchy because the news was not widely reported, and the reporter had a lot of details wrong. However, late yesterday my contact at HBO sent me an official statement on Alan Ball's role in True Blood going forward. Hit the jump to read their response.
From the HBO press office: "When we extended our multi-year 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.
'True Blood has been, and will continue to be, a highlight of not only my career but my life,' says Ball. '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.'"
True Blood returns for its fifth season this summer.