True Blood: Former True Blood showrunner, Alan Ball, reveals he’s working on something “very different”


Former True Blood showrunner, Alan Ball has revealed that he is going back to his roots as a writer.

More than a year after leaving True Blood, the Oscar and Emmy winning writer has been putting pen to paper once again as he goes back to his roots.

He has said that his new project is definitely “a drama” but it is also “very different” to shows he has worked on before including True Blood and Six Feet Under.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter at the season six premiere party for True Blood, he said: “I’m just writing for the love of writing, getting back to what it used to be with just me and the computer,


“I have a series idea that I’m working on and writing on spec and have two screenplays I’m trying to put together and I’m working on another one and then I have another one that’s halfway finished. [The show] is unlike either Six Feet Under or True Blood, it’s very different. I’d definitely say it’s a drama but it’s too early to talk about”.

At the bash, he added that he was considerably more relaxed now that he doesn’t have to worry about introducing the new season of True Blood, instead he can sit back and relax and watch the show as a fan and an audience member.

“I can just relax and have fun; I don’t have to give the speech, I don’t have to worry about my voice going out, I don’t have to worry about forgetting somebody’s name and I can sit and watch the show as an audience member, which is really fun,” he said.

Speaking about the new True Blood showrunner, Brian Bucker, who has taken over this year, Ball said that he has offered his help to him, but feels he will do great things with the show without his advice.


“”I told him, ‘I’m available but I know that you can do it and call me if you need me,’

“But I’m not going to try to shoehorn in there. I left the show because I needed a year off and I think they’re doing great work. My advice is when you get overwhelmed; just remember it’s just a television show. It’s a big television show and a really hard one to put together but don’t let it destroy your life.”

True Blood returns this evening on HBO at 9pm.