Mark Hudis Replaced by Brian Buckner as True Blood’s Showrunner

asmnews2As all the fans know, Alan Ball left True Blood after Season 5. Immediately, one of the writers, Mark Hudis was named to replace him. Now Season 6 is currently in production and, as just reported by The Hollywood Reporter, the newly installed show runner is being replaced by “True Blood” veteran Brian Buckner. 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.

“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.

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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.

In an interview with his alma mater Haverford College’s magazine, Hudis acknowledged the challenge that taking over for Ball has entailed. “It’s impossible to fill Alan Ball’s shoes. That’s not false modesty, that’s the truth,” he told the publication. “The guy’s created two massive hit shows for HBO and has on Oscar. Really, this plane is in the air, and I just want to land it safely.”

Hudis, a celebrated writer whose credits include Cybill, That ’70s Show and Nurse Jackie, suggested that the series, which had gone more global in scope during the fifth season, would bring the focus back to the Louisiana town of Bon Temps for the sixth.

Prior to his time on True Blood, Buckner worked on series including The Class, Friends and spin-off Joey.


  1. Wow!  A surprising and most interesting development.  I’m not particularly worried.  Stuff happens.  Brian Buckner has been with True Blood since Season 1.  I feel good about that.

  2. To have the creator of the series for 5 years, and then to have his replacement leave after only a few episodes is quite a surprise.  Thank goodness Mr. Buckner is taking over.  He’s been there since day one, and is well liked from everything I’ve read.  Hopefully all will go smoothly in the transition.

  3. Wow…hope all is well.  They have already alluded to a season 7 so maybe this is a good thing….especially if he’s pro Bill.

  4. This worries me a great deal. It’s hardly ever good news to hear a showrunner is replaced. At least Buckner has been there from day one.

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