CBC announced on Thursday afternoon that it has greenlit the new original comedy series Sort Of. Created by Bilal Baig (Acha Bacha) and Fab Filippo (Save Me) and starring Baig, Sort Of is described as a big-hearted series about Sabi Mehboob (Baig), a fluid millennial who straddles various identities from sexy bartender at an LGBTQ bookstore/bar, to the youngest child in a large Pakistani family, to the de facto parent of a downtown hipster family. Sabi feels like they’re in transition in every aspect of their life, from gender to love to sexuality to family to career.
CBC has ordered 8-30 minute episodes of Sort Of. The half-hour single-camera comedy begins production in Toronto today.
In addition to Baig, the cast 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 (Cardinal, Killjoys).
When Sabi’s best friend 7ven (Cordner) presents them with an opportunity to live and find themself in the “queerest place in the galaxy,” Sabi instead makes the decision to stay and care for the kids they nanny after their mom has a serious bike accident. Do they regret it? Sort of. A coming-of-age story, Sort Ofexposes the labels we once poured ourselves into as no longer applicable…to anyone. A show about how each and every one of us is in transition. Sort of.
“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 Baig. “It has been such a tremendous pleasure working with Fab, Sienna Films and CBC on a project that means so much to me.”
“Working with Bilal and Sienna and CBC on this has been a dream,” said Filippo.
“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.”
A CBC original series produced by Sienna Films, Sort Of is created by Bilal Baig and Fab Filippo, who also serve as showrunners and executive producers. The series is written by Baig, Filippo, Jenn Engels, Nelu Handa and Ian Iqbal Rashid, with Filippo and Renuka Jeyapalan (Kim’s Convenience, Workin’ Moms) directing.
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