Alan Ball Leaving True Blood as Head Writer

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True BloodWell, here’s some news we can’t say we weren’t expecting given the degenerative state of quality storytelling on HBO’s “True Blood”. The driving force behind the show is ready to put down his pen.

According to Forbes online, writer Alan Ball is citing the following reasons for his exit…

Explanations include exhaustion, and maybe that the show seemed like it had tired blood last season. Ball will still be with the show, I’m told, but a new regime will guide the fates of the characters into their new season.

I can think of a few more reasons: too many characters, too many storylines, ridiculous plot twists set up and never followed up on… the list goes on and on.

Hopefully this jarring situation will be exactly what is needed to get the show back on track. At least we hope so. It’s a shame to think that with the fifth season just ahead the show’s glory days are far behind. Stay tuned.

The fifth season of “True Blood” returns in the summer of 2012. Keep it here for more, and also visit “True Blood” on HBO.com.

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