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True Blood: Alan Ball Steps Down as HW
Topic Started: Feb 27 2012, 08:42 PM (541 Views)
Mateo
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Is Alan Ball leaving "True Blood?" That was the rumor going around recently. The reason was apparently exhaustion. But according to Forbes, it's a rumor no longer. The creator of the wildly successful show about vampires and other supes in Bon Temps is stepping down as head writer on the HBO show.

Ball will still be with the show, but not in the prominent role he once had. Exhaustion is still being touted as an issue and money woes have been put forward as well. Many critics argued that last season wasn't quite up to the show's usual standards, though we absolutely loved the Marnie (Fiona Shaw) storyline. Okay, fine. We hated the conclusion. Demon baby was a bit much. But still, that final episode?

We're dying to hear what you think of this news. We've got some huge changes coming this season with lots of new cast members. We assume that we won't see much of a difference, at least in the first half of Season 5. Do you think the show will suffer? Do you think it needs some new blood? We apologize for that last, but there really wasn't any way we were going to make it to the end of this article without a blood joke. Let us know your thoughts.

http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/02/true-blood-alan-ball-leaving-the-show.html
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Red Mist
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I think this is a good thing.
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Kenny
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Depending on who his replacement is, this could be a very good thing. Hopefully the new headwriter isn't obsessed with Bill and Sookie/werewolves/werepanthers and actually knows how to write a finale.
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Mason
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As much as I love Alan Ball....True Blood isn't really a show I watch for the quality of the writing. Even though it's on HBO, I consider it more of a guilty pleasure. Not a big loss, IMO.
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LPS
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IMO, Alan Ball was a good writer. I could see the replacement being pretty shitty.
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King
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Wow, this is shocking to me. I am a big Alan Ball fan, but I'll continue to watch, obviously.
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Mateo
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I think it could go either way. I'm a fan of Alan but this could freshen things up a bit.
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Actor87
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I wonder when the changes will take effect. (Since I'm sure most of this upcoming season has been mapped out and/or written)


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Taelyn


Wow .. I too just saw this, Exhaustion is maybe a stretch considering they only air less than 6 months, But maybe there is more to it ... And It seems like FOREVER. between seasons... I know its an exaggeration, But TB feel like it takes a year between season's) Probably because we have so much anticipation.. I hope the new wrigter i good, I heard about a new writer.. But I thought she was a script writer, noy HEAD Writer, Especially since she adniutted she was not familiar with the History.. Oh well ... Fingers crossed !!!
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Beth
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The show is no longer following the storyline in the books so I hope the new writer has vision we can all enjoy.
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Beth
Apr 18 2012, 11:04 AM
The show is no longer following the storyline in the books so I hope the new writer has vision we can all enjoy.
Well, it is and it isn't. Every season follows the plot that happens in the books but the events surrounding it are changed...so it's a loose adaption.
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