Tokyo Vice Ends with Season 2 on Max, Future Remains Uncertain

Series Creators Express Gratitude and Hope for Continuation

The acclaimed crime drama “Tokyo Vice” has concluded its run on Max after two seasons. The cancellation was confirmed during a panel discussion at the PGA’s Produced By conference in Los Angeles, featuring series creator and executive producer J.T. Rogers, director and executive producer Alan Poul, and Max original programming chief Sarah Aubrey.

Aubrey explained that the decision to end the series after its second season, which premiered in February, was part of a planned storytelling arc. This approach allowed the writers to craft a definitive conclusion. Rogers echoed this sentiment, describing the two-season plan as a mutually agreed-upon decision to enhance the narrative.

“To know you’d have the two-season arc was really wonderful,” Rogers stated.

In a pre-released joint statement, Rogers and Poul expressed their gratitude to Max for the opportunity to tell their story over the past five years. They highlighted Max’s support in ending the first season with cliffhangers and in providing additional episodes to conclude the series as envisioned.

“Max has been incredibly supportive throughout this journey, allowing us to create the show we wanted,” the statement read. “We’re also thankful to our partners at Fifth Season for their global support, making the series a worldwide success. The response to Season 2 has been overwhelming, and it’s been thrilling to see how deeply viewers have connected with our characters.”

While the active run of “Tokyo Vice” on Max has ended, Rogers and Poul hinted at the possibility of continuing the story in the future. “We know there is more story to tell. We’ll see what the future holds, but we are grateful for the platform Max provided,” they added.

A Max spokesperson praised the series, highlighting the exceptional writing, cinematography, and performances: “The care and creativity of this talented cast and crew are evident in every frame. We thank J.T., Alan, Ansel, Ken, Fifth Season, and Wowow for their partnership on this unique modern noir thriller.”

The 10-episode second season of “Tokyo Vice,” notable for being the first major U.S. TV show filmed entirely in Japan, concluded in early April. Starring Ansel Elgort and Ken Watanabe, the show received critical acclaim, with Variety’s TV critic Alison Herman calling it “the best show you’re not watching.”

In an April interview with Variety, Rogers expressed hope for a third season, revealing he had a strong storyline ready for the main characters and that “the story is on paper.” Despite the current conclusion, the creators remain optimistic about the series’ future.

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