TVLine announced tonight that Mark Hudis, who was tapped to be the showrunner in Alan Ball’s place after AB’s departure, is out and Brian “Bucky” Buckner is taking over for the rest of the season. Holy @#@#$#@!!!
So, was someone unhappy with the direction season 6 was already going in? And, as crazy as this sounds, does this have anything to do with Alexander Skarsgard’s bruised eye and tense demeanor with the photogs yesterday? (Unlikely, I know, but it is all weird timing.)
The TVLine story:
True Blood is getting a new boss.
Mark Hudis, who took over for Alan Ball as showrunner for the upcoming sixth season, has been replaced by writer/co-executive producer Brian Buckner, per The Hollywood Reporter.
Hudis is stepping down to “to focus on development under his overall deal with the network,” a spokesperson for HBO told the site.
Buckner, who has been with the series since the start, will take the reigns on the sixth season, which is currently in production.
Hudis joined the HBO series in Season 4 as a co-executive producer. He was promoted to showrunner after Ball announced his plans to leave the vamp drama after Season 5 in order to focus his attention on his Cinemax original series Banshee, which was renewed in January.