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Heavy is the head that wears the True Blood crown, as departing showrunner Mark Hudis can probably attest.

Deadline reports that Mark Hudis is stepping down as True Blood’s narrative visionary and being replaced by co-executive producer Brian Buckner.

Mark stepped up to bat when creator Alan Ball retired from the series after Season 5 to focus on his new project, Cinemax’s Banshee.

Showrunner changeups happen all the time — just ask The Walking Dead — but what’s odd, and not particularly auspicious, is that this change is happening during production of a season and not during a hiatus.

This might not be such good news for Season 6, as it implies that the production is going stressfully or unsatisfactorily.

Brian — whose writing credits include many episodes of Spin City and Friends — has been with the True Blood production crew since Day 1, while Mark joined the HBO drama at the start of Season 4.

But don’t feel too bad for Mark — he still has an overall deal with HBO, meaning he’ll now focus on developing other projects.

Source: Deadline