Forbes first broke the story, claiming Ball is just too exhausted to go on with the series, which seems to become more and more ridiculous every year. In a statement, the show's creator said, "True Blood has been, and will continue to be, a highlight of not only my career but my life...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."
In response to Ball's leaving, HBO also released a statement, "When we extended our 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."
HBO went on to insist that Ball will still be very much involved with the vampire series--as executive producer. In the meantime, he will continue to work on other programming for both HBO and Cinemax; first up is the Cinemax series, Banshee, which he will executive produce.
I love True Blood, no matter how gay or over-the-top it gets; I can't get enough of it. The exaggerated acting, the uncomfortable and lengthy sex scenes, and the nudity are all the things that make the show perfect. I'm not sure how Ball's leaving will affect the quality of the series and I hope that he will keep the spirit alive while producing on the sidelines. But, in the past with other series that I loved, once the original showrunner left, the show lost what it originally had and died soon after.
Are you sad about Ball leaving and do you think the show will survive without him?