Alan Ball Gives Up On His ‘True Blood’ Vampire Baby, Shifts Focus To New Show

Alan Ball, previously known for writing American Beauty and creating Six Feet Under, unleashed True Blood in 2008

A show about a mind-reading waitress in a world where vampires were a recent reality.

There were also shifters, werewolves, fairies, witches, and a maenad.

After five seasons of fangbanging frontal nudity and a finale that reached 5 million viewers, the man behind the onscreen version of Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse Series is dropping handing his duties over to co-executive producer Mark Hudis. Ball tells NPR:

“I look forward to watching it next year. I just look forward to not working as hard.” 

“I’ve been a workaholic for a long time, and I’m sort of looking at that and addressing that and seeing what exactly was behind that that wasn’t healthy and maybe trying to just sort of open up some space in my life a little bit.”

To Tv Guide, in the same vein, he attributes his departure to needing time to “recharge” his batteries, but says that he will return to work on the series finale.

Truthfully, he’s exchanged involvement on True Blood (which he’s probably tired of), for a new Cinemax show called “Banshee” and a movie starring Elizabeth Banks.

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