Plain White T's are turning hit song 'Hey There Delilah' into a scripted TV show
Described as a “contemporary fairy tale,” the show will expand the hit song's story about long-distance relationships.
Plain White T's No. 1 hit 'Hey There Delilah' is being adapted into a scripted TV series, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Grammy-nominated indie rockers are teaming with Lively McCabe Entertainment and Primary Wave to develop a scripted "romantic dramedy" based on their 2006 chart-topping single themed around a long-distance relationship. Described as a “contemporary fairy tale,” the show will reportedly expand the song’s story of a struggling musician promising his long-distance partner that once she graduates school, they’ll be together.
'Hey There Delilah' was written by frontman Tom Higgenson after meeting Delilah DiCrescenzo, a nationally ranked American steeplechase and cross country runner, making her probably the only steeplechase runner to have a No. 1 hit and now a TV show named after her.
Plain White T’s frontman Tom Higgenson came up with the concept for the TV show with writer Jeremy Desmon – who has primarily worked in musical theater – and Michael Barra of Lively McCabe Entertainment. The show’s producers, which also includes the band’s management company Primary Wave, will pitch the potential series to networks and studios this month.
“It’s been more than a decade since ‘Hey There Delilah’ was released, and people always ask me about it,” said Higgenson. “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.”
"'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," says Lively McCabe Entertainment co-president Barra. "Lively McCabe is thrilled to be working with Tom, Deb and Jeremy to bring it to life on the screen."
Higgenson, Dave Tirio and Ken Fletcher formed the Plain White T in 1997; their hit 'Hey There Delilah' was the third single off the Plain White T’s 2006 album, 'All That We Needed'. Often called a sleeper-hit, the song was certified platinum only the following year as it raced to the top of the Billboard charts, the band's only song to do so till date. The track earned two Grammy nominations for Plain White T - for Song of the Year and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group. More recently, the band also was nominated for a Tony this year for the song 'BFF', as part of the score for the 'SpongeBob SquarePants Broadway Musical'.