The upcoming third season of CBC and Max original comedy “Sort Of” will be its final season, co-creators Bilal Baig and Fab Filippo have announced.
The final eight-episode season will premiere in Canada on the CBC Gem streaming service on Nov. 17, releasing two episodes per week until the series finale on Dec. 8.
“We set out to tell a story about a kind of transition in Sabi’s life, and how those around them also change — and we feel in this coming season that story came to an end in a way that felt right for us,” Baig and Filippo said in a statement.
“Sort Of” follows Sabi Mehboob, played by Baig, a gender expansive millennial who is exhausted with changing themselves for the comfort of others. In the third and final season, the series will explore Sabi’s journey coming to terms with feelings of both grief and freedom after their father’s passing. Sabi will confront big questions about their identity without the constraints of living up to their father’s expectations, forcing them to grapple with some massive life choices.
The duo went on to dispel any rumors suggesting the show was cancelled: “We’re aware that series like ours, shows that feature queer and trans characters, tend to get cancelled early on, and we know that’s been happening a lot recently. We want to say that’s not what’s going down here. We made this third season knowing it would be our last.”
Additional returning cast members include Gray Powell, Amanda Cordner, Ellora Patnaik, Supinder Wraich, Kaya Kanashiro, Aden Bedard, Raymond Cham Jr., Becca Blackwell, Ali Hassan, Kareem Vaude, Varun Saranga, Ayesha Mansur Gonsalves and Grace Lynn Kung. Alok Vaid-Menon and Angelica Ross will also make cameos in the final season.
“We’re also aware that this show is ending at a time when trans communities continue to be targeted and trans rights are being constantly attacked,” Baig and Filippo’s statement continued. “Our hope is that this series can continue to affirm lives and spark conversations well after the final season drops. ‘Sort Of’ will always exist, despite all the transphobia in our world.”
The dramatic comedy won seven 2023 Canadian Screen Awards, including Best Comedy Series. It also won a Peabody in the Entertainment Category and earned a second Peabody nomination for the upcoming award ceremony.
“Sort Of” is produced with the participation of the Canada Media Fund. Baig and Filippo serve as showrunners and executive produce with Jennifer Kawaja and Bruno Dubé. Andrea Glinski, Laura Perlmutter, Ian Iqbal Rashid and Tricia Fish are co-executive producers. Filippo and Shamim Sarif will direct the final season. Sphere Media handles production and distribution.
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