Max Cancels ‘Tokyo Vice’ After 2 Seasons: Official Announcement

Tokyo Vice
Tokyo Vice

The two-season criminal drama “Tokyo Vice” on Max has ended, at least for the time being.

At a panel discussion on the Ansel Elgort series and the Emmy-winning Max comedy “Hacks,” which was held on Saturday at the PGA’s Produced By conference in Los Angeles, the cancellation was officially announced. Along with “Tokyo Vice” creator and executive producer J.T. Rogers and director and executive producer Alan Poul, Sarah Aubrey, the chief of Max original programming, spoke into depth about the intricate production that was “Tokyo Vice” and its development, most of which took place on the streets of Tokyo.

Aubrey explained that the choice to stop after Season 2, which concluded in February, was intended as a storyline arc to allow the authors to progress toward a definite end point. Rogers also defined it as a joint agreement to encourage storytelling.

“Knowing you would have a two-season arc was really wonderful,” Rogers stated.

In a joint statement released ahead of Saturday’s announcement, Rogers and Paul stated that, while the show’s current run at Max has concluded, they aim to produce more “Tokyo Vice” at some point. “Over the past five years, Max has made certain that we tell our story,” the statement stated. “He has supported us through good and difficult times. Not only did he grant us these two seasons, but when we wanted to conclude season one with a series of cliffhangers, he said yes, and when we asked for two more episodes so we could land the plane like J.T., he said yes.” had always dreamed, so he said yes.

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“We’re thankful not just to Max but also to our partners Fifth Season, who marketed the show all around the world and helped it become a global success. They were constantly in the trenches with us, making sure we could put on the spectacle we desired. The response from both the press and fans, particularly for Season 2, has been phenomenal. It’s been exciting to learn how strongly viewers have connected with our characters and how eager they are for more.

“We know there’s more to tell. Of course, we’ll see what the future brings, but we’re pleased to have had the opportunity to tell Max’s story up to this point.”

A Max representative praised the series, saying, “From ‘Tokyo Vice’s’ richly written material to the gorgeously composed shots to the lived-in performances, the care and creativity of this enormously talented cast and crew shine through every frame of the show.” We appreciate J.T., Alan, Ansel, Ken, Fifth Season, and Wow for collaborating on this one-of-a-kind modern noir thriller.”

“Tokyo Vice” 10-episode second season, the first major U.S. TV show to film exclusively in Japan, ended in early April. The show, starring Ansel Elgort and Ken Watanabe, was a critical darling, with Variety’s TV writer Alison Herman labeling it “the best show you’re not watching.”

In a postmortem interview with Variety in April, Rogers voiced hope for a third season, stating he had a potentially “very strong thread” for “all of our main characters” and that “the story is on paper.”

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