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After Oscar winner Alan Ball left True Blood, fans worried over his replacement Mark Hudis, who had only been with the show since season 4 as a co-executive producer. But now, Hudis has stepped down to allow True Blood veteran Brian Buckner to take over. Buckner has been with the show since season 1 as both a writer and producer and will pick up where Hudis left off, right in the middle of season 6.
Hudis wasn't shy in his reservations about taking over Ball’s position after last season, telling Haverford College’s magazine, “It's impossible to fill Alan Ball’s shoes. That’s not false modesty, that’s the truth. 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,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
And now, Hudis has stepped down to fulfill other duties and to “focus on development under his overall deal with the network,” says a spokesperson for HBO. Hudis signed a two-year contract when he received his promotion last year, stated IGN.
Both Hudis and new showrunner Buckner have packed resumes; Hudis previously wrote for That ‘70s Show and Nurse Jackie and Buckner wrote for Friends and Spin City.