Hey There Delilah, the hit song by The Plain White T's, is set to be turned into a TV series. The band is working with Lively McCabe Entertainment and Primary Wave to develop a romantic comedy based on the number-one hit from 2006. Frontman and songwriter Tom Higgenson is on board as a producer, alongside Jeremy Desmon, who is also set to pen the series.
They are soon heading to Los Angeles to pitch the potential series, which is described as a "contemporary fairy tale that expands the story within the song." The story told within the song centers on a long-distance relationship between a struggling musician and a college student in New York City. The musician vows to write the girl a song when they finally meet and their lives are both changed by the experience. Tom Higgenson had this to say about the project.
"It's been more than a decade since 'Hey There Delilah was released, and people always ask me about it. A whole lot of people really connected with that song, and I'm very proud of that. I'm so excited to have an opportunity to give a new generation the chance to form their own connection with the song, and fall in love with its story through this new project."
This comes as networks are doing anything they can to bring recognizable content to the airwaves. Much of this has centered on bringing back once popular shows like Will and Grace and Roseanne. In this case, assuming a network bites, it's adapting a single song from more than a decade ago into an entire series. Hey There Delilah was, indeed, a major hit, staying on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 35 weeks, peaking at number 1. But does that really justify turning it into an entire series? Lively McCabe Entertainment co-president Michael Barra certainly seems to thinks so.
"'Hey There Delilah' is a perfect example of an iconic story song that has introduced characters and a premise to a massive multigenerational audience, and is begging to be expanded into a full-length story for contemporary television audiences. Lively McCabe is thrilled to be working with Tom, Deb and Jeremy to bring it to life on the screen."
Hey There Delilah was nominated for two Grammy Awards, both for song of the year and best pop performance by a duo or group. In addition to its popularity on the radio, the song has been featured in shows like Orange Is the New Black, Family Guy and even Sesame Street. There is no word on who may star in this show and what, if any, networks or platforms are interested at the present time. It sounds very much like The Plain White T's and Lively McCabe are doing their best to generate interest at this point. One's personal interest level aside, this is certainly one of the more creative ways in which an artist has tried to make the most of their biggest hit. This news comes to us courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter.