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Ball has ‘Death’ on calendar at HBO

'True Blood' exec producer to helm pilot

Alan Ball is dying to stay in business with HBO.

The creator of the pay cabler’s earlier hit “Six Feet Under” and current smash “True Blood” will helm the greenlit pilot “All Signs of Death,” based on the Charlie Huston crime noir novel “The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death.”

Ball will exec produce and direct, with Huston penning the pilot. Production is set to begin next month in Los Angeles. No cast has been set.

The project will center on a knockaround twentysomething who discovers he has a knack for being a crime scene cleaner, and his life gets messy from there.

Huston will co-exec produce, while Christina Jokanovich and Peter Macdissi of Ball’s Your Face Goes Here Entertainment shingle will produce.

“True Blood” found Emmy love Thursday when it earned a drama series nomination. The series, in its third season and airing Sunday nights, is the cabler’s top-rated show.

“Six Feet Under” ran for five seasons, beginning in 2001.

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