Anna Paquin, Carrie Preston and Sam Trammell Anna Paquin, Carrie Preston and Sam Trammell

True Blood showrunner Mark Hudis, who took over the job from creator Alan Ball in May, has now been replaced by writer-producer Brian Buckner, The Hollywood Reporter reports.

"Mark Hudis has stepped down as showrunner of True Blood to focus on development under his overall deal with the network," an HBO spokesperson said in a statement, referring to Hudis' two-year deal with the network.

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