Sort Of, CBC's latest original comedy, explores gender fluidity and authenticity

Created by Bilal Baig and Fab Filippo and produced by Sienna Films, the eight-episode comedy starts production today and is set to stream in 2021.

The eight-episode comedy starts production today and is set to stream in 2021.

Bilal Baig (Sienna Films)

Sort Of follows the journey of Sabi Mehboob, a gender-fluid 25-year-old, as they decide to turn down a dream opportunity to live overseas to remain as a nanny for a family dealing with a devastating accident.

"It feels so right, in a time like this, to be working on a show that looks at how we are constantly changing, and how change can clarify who we are and who we want to be in the world," said the series' co-creator Baig, who also plays the main character Mehboob. 

"Working with Bilal and Sienna and CBC on this has been a dream," said co-creator Filippo, who CBC Comedy audiences will recognize from Save Me.

Co-creator of Sort Of, Fab Filippo. (Sienna Films)


The cast also includes Gray Powell (Hudson & Rex, Designated Survivor), Amanda Cordner (Baroness von Sketch Show, The Expanse), Ellora Patnaik (Kim's Convenience, Schitt's Creek), Grace Lynn Kung (Transplant, Star Trek: Discovery), Supinder Wraich (The 410, Crawford), Kaya Kanashiro, Aden Bedard, Gregory Ambrose Calderone (This Movie is Broken, Salvation) and Alanna Bale (CardinalKilljoys).

The coming-of-age story, which starts production today in Toronto, is a show about how each individual is in transition—sort of.

"Sort Of is not only brilliantly funny — it speaks to acceptance, inclusivity and the joys and challenges of life with depth, authenticity and wit," said Sally Catto, General Manager, Entertainment, Factual and Sports, CBC. 

"We instantly fell in love with Sort Of and are confident that audiences will fall just as hard."

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