Just in case anyone was wondering whether or not True Blood would be back next year, HBO has just made it official. Season 6 of Alan Ball's hit show (based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels of Charlaine Harris) will happen, but, as previously announced, without Ball as showrunner.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, "True Blood... will return for a sixth season next year. The series returned this summer for its fifth season, drawing 5.2 million viewers, down 1 million year-over-year. Its most recent episode drew 4.66 million viewers and ranked as Sunday's highest-rated cable show."
"Showrunner Alan Ball, who developed the Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer series based on the book series by Charlane Harris, will step down from his position next season, with Mark Hudis (Nurse Jackie) taking over the position. Ball will stay on as an EP and continue to work on other projects for HBO, including his upcoming drama series Banshee on sister network Cinemax."