Is True Blood S6 in trouble? New showrunner already calls it quits

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Mar 11, 2013, 10:10 AM EDT

Season six of True Blood has yet to air, but we've already learned that new showrunner Mark Hudis is leaving the series with only one partial season under his belt.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Hudis, who replaced departing creator-showrunner Alan Ball last May, has already called it quits and is being replaced by writer-producer Brian Buckner, who’s been with True Blood ever since season one.

Not only is Hudis calling it quits, but he’s also leaving the popular non-sparkly vampire series unfinished. Uh-oh? That doesn't sound too good.

A spokesperson for HBO has said, “Mark Hudis has stepped down as showrunner of True Blood to focus on development under his overall deal with the network.” Hudis has had a two-year deal signed with the cable network last spring. 

Hudis told his college alumni magazine back in January that “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 an Oscar. Really, this plane is in the air, and I just want to land it safely.”

So what will this all mean for True Blood and the denizens of Bon Temps? Is the show in trouble? Will season six suck? And is True Blood going to pull a Walking Dead with a shocking amount of changing of the showrunner guard?

(The Hollywood Reporter via Vulture)