TCA 2011: ‘True Blood’ creator Alan Ball to return for fifth season


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“True Blood” creator Alan Ball said Thursday at the TCA press tour that he will be returning to the HBO vampire drama for a fifth season. But never say never.

“Well, everything ends,” said Ball, whose resume also includes HBO’s “Six Feet Under.” “There will be an end for me on the show at some point. I just closed a deal to do another season. I don’t have any desire to leave because I’m having more fun than I’ve ever had in my life.”


Ball was joined onstage by stars (and real-life spouses) Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, who play Sookie Stackhouse and Bill Compton, respectively.

And how could he leave now? Ball said he’s already planning stories for the characters in Season 5. He teased that viewers will get a glimpse into how one of the vampires was made and the mythology of the show will be explored. HBO hasn’t officially announced the fifth-season renewal, but maybe it will be more inclined to do so now that Paquin has dared Ball to come up with something she’d say ‘no’ to for the show. The challenge is on.

The hit series, which is up for four Emmy awards this year, is currently airing its fourth season. And Moyer offered a reason to keep tuning in, saying Kristin Bauer van Straten (who plays vampire Pam) has a line coming up that is one of the greatest of all time.

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-- Yvonne Villarreal