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‘True Blood’ Shakeup: Mark Hudis Replaced as Showrunner

Mark Hudis, who stepped in for "True Blood" creator Alan Ball last year, will be replaced by co-executive producer Brian Buckner

"True Blood" has a new showrunner, and not long after it last received a new showrunner.

Mark Hudis, who stepped in for series creator Alan Ball for the HBO vampire drama's upcoming sixth season, has vacated the position.

Hudis, a former "True Blood" co-executive producer, stepped in for Ball last May, after Ball abandoned the showrunner post to focus on his new Cinemax drama "Banshee."

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According to HBO, Hudis is leaving the position in order to take on development, as per his overall deal with HBO.

Brian Buckner, until now a co-executive producer on the series, will step into Hudis' shoes.

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"Mark Hudis has stepped down as showrunner of 'True Blood' to focus on development under his overall deal with the network," the network said. "Brian Buckner, who has been on staff since the first season, has taken over the position."

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news of Hudis' departure.

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