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(from left to right: Bilal Baig and Fab Filippo on set during production of Sort Of’s final season; photo taken by Michael Gibson, courtesy of CBC)

Bilal Baig’s Groundbreaking ‘Sort Of’ Will End After Upcoming Third Season

“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.”

Bilal Baig and Fab Filippo, co-creators, executive producers and showrunners — with Baig also the star — of the critically acclaimed dramedy Sort Of, today announced that the upcoming third season will be the final season of the series. The series originally premiered on CBC Gem in October 2021 and premiered on HBO Max in November 2021, while season two premiered on November 15 on CBC TV and on HBO Max on December 1.

Sort Of follows the journey of “Sabi Mehboob” (Baig), a gender fluid millennial in transition in every aspect of their life, from gender to love to sexuality to family to career. The third and final season shows Sabi coming to terms with feelings of grief and an unexpected sense of freedom following the death of their father. Without the constraints of living up to their father’s expectations Sabi confronts big questions about their identity, prompting some massive life choices. In a season that has the entire ensemble grappling with aftermaths, a rebirth comes in a sort of messy, sort of hopeful, sort of Sort Of way.

“It’s been such an incredible privilege to make this show for these last three years, working with every single person, cast and crew, who helped make our vision a reality,” Baig and Filippo were quoted as saying in a joint release. “We feel incredibly fortunate to have received your love and enthusiasm and passion for all things Sort Of and to be totally real, to end the show was a very difficult decision to make.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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. 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.”

Sort Of has won widespread critical acclaim and awards on both sides of the border, including a prestigious Peabody Award and Best Comedy Series at the Canadian Screen Awards.

The final eight-episode season of Sort Of will premiere in Canada on the free CBC Gem streaming service beginning Friday, November 17 (two episodes will be available per week), with the series finale set for Friday, December 8. Viewers outside of Canada will have to wait until the final season starts streaming on HBO Max in early 2024.

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