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Alan Ball to step down as ‘True Blood’ showrunner

HBO's vampire drama set to launch fifth season

Alan Ball is putting a stake in his vampire duties.

The creator of HBO’s “True Blood” will be stepping aside from his showrunning duties if the fantasy skein gets picked up for a sixth season, which is extremely likely considering its continued popularity. However, he will remain as exec producer and act as a consultant.

The fifth season is in production and will air later this year.

While a successor was not named, exec producer Gregg Feinberg currently handles a large amount of day-to-day responsibilities.

Said 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.”

Ball has been a longtime staple at HBO. Previous to “True Blood,” he was the creator and exec producer on funereal drama “Six Feet Under,” which ran for five seasons (2001-05). He attempted to create a new series in 2010, but his pilot “All Signs of Death,” based on Charlie Huston’s novel “The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death,” was not greenlit to series by the pay cabler.

He renewed his multiyear overall deal with HBO last July. He’s currently working on the Cinemax series “Banshee,” which is expected to begin production this spring.