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'Gangnam Project': K-pop dramedy coming to CBBC

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"Gangnam Project," a coming-of-age dramedy set in the world of K-pop, is coming to CBBC. Photo courtesy of BBC

Feb. 12 (UPI) -- CBBC is developing the new show Gangnam Project.

CBBC and BBC iPlayer announced the series in a press release Monday.

Gangnam Project is a coming-of-age dramedy starring Julia Kim Caldwell as Hannah Shin, a 16-year-old Korean-Canadian aspiring K-pop star.

The show follows Hannah's (Caldwell) journey "into the world of K-pop, where every dance move, every note sung and every social media post is precisely choreographed, practiced and perfected -- leading her to discover new things about herself with each new experience."

Hannah embarks on a journey to Korea, where she becomes a tutor at the K-pop academy OME. Her visit takes an unexpected turn after her enthusiasm and musical talents catch the attention of OME's CEO.

The series also follows Hannah's older brother, Leo, an aimless slacker turned disciplined go-getter.

Gangnam Project features a soundtrack composed by August Rigo, a recording artist, songwriter and producer who has worked with BTS, Justin Bieber and One Direction.

"I've always been a massive K-pop fan. For me, K-pop was a way to connect to the Korean heritage on my mum's side and I love how it's been a bridge for people to discover more about Korean culture. I'm so excited for anyone who's always been a fan of K-pop, like myself, to get to live out their trainee fantasy with Hannah's journey and for newcomers to fall in love with everything K-pop. Being a part of Gangnam Project has been a dream come true for me and I can't wait for everyone to see it!" Caldwell said in a statement.

Gangnam Project is co-commissioned by CBC Kids and CBBC. The series premieres Feb. 26 on CBBC and BBC iPlayer.