Deadline reports that showrunner Alan Ball will be leaving TRUE BLOOD after its fifth season. He has pretty much been the backbone and driving force behind this successful series that airs on HBO. Don't worry because he's not going too far, he'll still be executive producer and consultant for the vamp series while he develops new shows for HBO and Cinemax.
“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. 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.”From Alan Ball;
“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.”Remember Frank Darabont left The Walking Dead as showrunner and look how it's doing now, excellent. True Blood may need a little spark afer last season and this may be the right move for both parties.