‘Imitation’: Release date, plot, cast and all you need to know about KBS drama on K-pop's biggest stories and idols

‘Imitation’: Release date, plot, cast and all you need to know about KBS drama on K-pop's biggest stories and idols
Minseo, Yunho and Jung Ji So (Getty Images)

KBS is planning to give one huge gift to their audience with their new drama show called 'Imitation'. The network has announced a star-studded line-up for their new show which will be based on a webtoon with the same name, according to a report by Soompi. The show creators have roped-in some of the biggest musicians of the South Korean industry along with a few movie stars.

Release date

According to Soompi, ‘Imitation’ will air in the first half of 2021.



KBS drama ‘Imitation’ is based on a webtoon of the same name and is about the lives of idols in the entertainment industry. The webtoon is popular all over the world with over 3.73 million subscribers on Kakao Page — the content platform known for creating and distributing visual, audio and written content such as manhwa and genre fiction.

According to AllKpop, the drama show will tell the stories of the overflowing industry of South Korea's K-pop idols and will revolve around several fictional idol teams like top boy group Shax, a rising rookie girl group named T-Party, a passionate boy group named Sparkling, and more.



Soompi has reported that KBS star-studded line-up will include Ateez members Yunho, Jongho, Seonghwa and San along with Jung Ji So, known for her role in Oscar-winning film ‘Parasite,’ SF9’s Chani and Hwiyoung, U-KISS member Jun, girl band T-ara member Jiyeon, former I.O.I and PRISTIN member Lim Nayoung, South-Korean singer Minseo, Boys Republic member Suwoong, g.o.d boy band member Danny Ahn, South Korean singer and actress Shim Eun Jin, actress Yuri and South-Korean actor Jung-hoon Ahn.


Jung Ji So, Minseo, and Lim Nayoung have been cast as members of the girl group known as Tea Party where Jung Ji So will portray the role of Maha, the center of the girl group. Lim Nayoung will play Hyun Ji, the former center and visual of Tea Party, while Minseo will play Ria, the leader and vocalist of Tea Party.

Ateez’s Yunho, Seonghwa, and San, and Boys Republic’s Suwoong, have been roped-in as members of the group Sparkling. Yunho will play Yoo Jin, the center of Sparkling, Suwoong will play Sparkling’s former center, Hyun Oh, while Seonghwa and San will play the members Min Soo and Se Young respectively. Speaking of T-ara’s Jiyeon, she has been assigned the role of Larima, the top female solo artist among idols.


U-KISS’ Jun, SF9’s Chani and Hwiyoung, Ateez’s Jongho, Yuri, and Ahn Jung Hoon will be the members of the boy group known as SHAX. The same publication reports that Danny Ahn will take over the role of Tea Party’s agency CEO, Ji Hak, and Shim Eun Jin will play Reporter Byun, who keeps track of idols’ every move.


Yunho (Getty Images)

 Yunho is one of the prominent members of South Korean boy band Ateez. Apart from being a talented vocalist, the young lad is also known for his exceptional dancing skills. As of September 2020, Ateez has released five Korean-language EPs and one full-length album.

Jung-Ji So

Jung-Ji So (Getty Images)

Jung-Ji So is a 21-year-old South Koren actress, who is best known for her work in ‘Parasite’ which won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and the Academy Award for Best Picture. She made her acting debut as a child actress in the 2012 television drama ‘May Queen.’


Minseo (Getty Images)

Minseo, also stylised as Min-seo is a South Korean singer under APOP Entertainment. She debuted in the year 2018 with the single ‘The Grand Dreams’ and since then has gained popularity in South Korea.


The drama adaptation is being billed as a "variety drama" which will be directed by Han Hyun Hee of ‘Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung,’ and ‘Solomon’s Perjury’ fame and is penned by Choi Sun Young and Kim Min Jung, as published by Soompi.


The production staff of ‘Imitation’ stated, ‘The drama features the meeting of hot rookies of the present with first and second-generation idols. Please look forward to their synergy as they bring their unique characters to live. Through ‘Imitation,’ which brings to life the serious and dramatic world of idols, we will deliver a drama with various charms like a special gift set.”



As of now, KBS has only announced the show and the star-studded line-up. Fans might have to wait a little longer for the trailer. We will keep you posted on the same.

Where to stream

No official details have been spilled as to where the drama series will be broadcasted or streamed, however, since KBS is the network behind ‘Imitation,’ fans can expect it to watch it on KBSWORLD TV.


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