The winds of change are blowing at HBO’s “True Blood.”
Showrunner Mark Hudis is being replaced by writer- producer Brian Buckner.
Hudis replaced departing creator- showrunner Alan Ball in May for the upcoming sixth season. Buckner has been with the show since its first season, and will finish off season six.
“Mark Hudis has stepped down as showrunner of True Blood to focus on development under his overall deal with the network,” a spokesperson for HBO said in a statement. Hudis has a two- year deal with the network that he signed last spring.
Ball left at the end of the fifth season to focus on “Banshee,” his show on Cinemax. Hudis came on for the fourth season as a co- exec producer.
Hudis’ credits as a writer include “Cybill,” “That ’70s Show” and “Nurse Jackie.”
Buckner has worked on “The Class,” “Friends” and Joey Tribbiani spinoff “Joey.”
“True Blood” focuses on the co- existence of vampires and humans in a small Louisiana town, and is based on a series of books. It stars Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer and Sam Trammell. The show revolves around a telepathic human- fairy hybrid named Sookie, played by Anna Paquin.
Both Hudis and Buckner are represented by UTA.