I wouldn’t read into this the same way that AMC keeps changing “The Walking Dead” showrunners… but there are more changes afoot at HBO’s “True Blood.”
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Mark Hudis, who replaced departing creator/showrunner Alan Ball for the show’s upcoming sixth season, is now being replaced himself. Writer/producer Brian Buckner, who has been with the vampire series since its first season, has taken over the position for the show’s not-yet-concluded season.
It sounds as if the move is to get him working on other projects at HBO: “Mark Hudis has stepped down as showrunner of “True Blood” to focus on development under his overall deal with the network,” a spokesperson for the premium cable network said in a statement, referring to a two-year deal the writer/producer signed with the network last spring.
Ball announced he’d be leaving the series at the end of the show’s fifth season to focus his attention on since-renewed Banshee on cable cousin Cinemax. Hudis joined “True Blood” for the show’s fourth season as a co-executive producer and was upped to showrunner for season six. For his part, Buckner has been with the series since its inception.