"True Blood" has tapped a replacement for Alan Ball as showrunner on the HBO series if it receives a sixth-season renewal, reports Deadline.com. Co-executive producer Mark Hudis will get the call.
Hudis has worked on "True Blood" in seasons four and five, with the fifth season set to debut June 10, the story notes. Ball is stepping down as showrunner at the end of the fifth season, and Hudis would be promoted to executive producer/showrunner for the sixth season as part of a two-year overall deal he has with HBO, the piece adds.
Hudis and Ball first met while working at trade publication Adweek 20 years ago, and later worked on the CBS comedy "Cybill," the story says.
Ball will continue to be involved in "True Blood" and is executive producing the new series "Banshee" for Cinemax.