Mark Hudis Is The New ‘True Blood’ Showrunner

If the hit HBO series is renewed for a sixth season, Hudis will take over for departing creator, Alan Ball.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

The fifth season of "True Blood" is right around the corner. And if the ratings hold up to last year's levels than a sixth season is all but assured.

With the pending departure of "True Blood" creator Alan Ball after the fifth season, HBO already has his successor in place. According to Deadline, "True Blood" co-executive producer Mark Hudis will become the new showrunner if "True Blood" is picked up for a sixth season. Ball will reportedly remain creatively involved with "True Blood" while overseeing his new Cinemax original series, "Banshee."

Hudis and Ball have a long history of collaborating together dating back to their stint at the magazine AdWeek before they both became writers on the CBS series, "Cybill." From there, Hudis went on to several other TV series, including "Nurse Jackie," "That '70s Show" and "Days Like These."

Additionally, Hudis has been attached to "True Blood" through the fourth and the upcoming fifth seasons with several episodes to his credit; which should help the transition from Ball to go smoothly.

"True Blood" season five will begin on Sunday, June 10.