An official from the KBS drama team told Daily Sports on Wednesday, “We decided that releasing Dear. M at this moment is impossible, so we decided to air alternative programs the next few weeks and move up the premiere date of Imitation.”
Based on the webtoon of the same name, Imitation will be a tribute to Korean idols. The drama revolves around four artists/groups: “the top star” Larima, “the perfect idols” SHAX, “the growing idols” Tea Party, and “the passionate idols” Sparkling. The realistic yet exciting portrayal of the idol industry and fandoms will intrigue curiosity among the viewers, who may not be a fan of K-pop. The cast lineup includes Parasite actress Jung Ji So; ATEEZ’s Yunho, Seonghwa, Jongho, and San; SF9’s Chani and Hwiyoung; U-KISS’s Jun; T-ara’s Jiyeon.
Originally, Imitation was scheduled to premiere at the end of May, but the date has been preponed as Dear. M halted all its planned schedules with the controversy over Park Hye Soo’s alleged school violence. The scandal against Park, who plays the female lead in Dear. M, first surfaced last month, and since then, it only grew as the alleged victim and the actress continued their revelations.