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HBO’s vampire drama True Blood is set to begin its sixth season with the first of 10 episodes on Sunday, June 16. The show’s usual 12-episode cycle was shortened due to Anna Paquin’s pregnancy. Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgard also star in the critically acclaimed series based on novels by Charlaine Harris.
This season marks the first time creator Alan Ball won’t be at the helm. Ball left to focus his attention on Banshee, a drama series on Cinemax. Writer and producer Mark Hudis, who joined the show in Season 4, had been chosen to succeed Ball, but he stepped down in early March. Co-executive producer Brian Buckner eventually took the reins during production of the fourth episode. Buckner has been with the show since after the pilot.
It remains to be seen how the showrunner shuffle will affect the series, which has had a steady increase in viewership since the first season.