The year is 2006 and the radio is gearing up to play “Hey There Delilah” by the Plain White T’s for the hundredth time that day and you’re brain is about to explode. The song, which told the odd tale of a man who meets a girl named Delilah and promises to write a song about her despite her having a boyfriend, only to return months later with an entire ballad about their imaginary long-distance relationship, was all the rage and overplayed. Now, it’s over a decade later, and you probably haven’t thought about the song until you saw this headline and said ‘no’…but oh yes, “Hey There Delilah” is being turned into a romantic dramedy series.
The Plain White T’s are teaming up with Lively McCabe Entertainment and Primary Wave to develop a scripted series based on the song, which they will be shopping to networks and studios later this month. The series is being described as “contemporary fairy tale that expands the story within the song.”
[row]”It’s been more than a decade since ‘Hey There Delila’ 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,” Plain White T’s frontman Tom Higgenson said.[/row]
The potential series will be written by Jeremy Desmon with Higgenson, who co-created the idea with Lively McCabe’s Michael Barra, serving as producer. Primary Wave’s Deb Klein is also set to produce.
[row]”‘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,” Lively McCabe Entertainment’s Michael Barra said. [/row]
“Hey There Delilah” earned the band two Grammy nominations for Song of the Year and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group and was certified platinum in 2007. People had plenty of thoughts during the song’s reign, but when news of the new series broke, they came out of the woodworks.
hey there delilah: the tv show!
livestrong bracelets: the movie!
flirting with me in study hall and then ignoring me on AIM: the broadway musical!
— Sarah Lazarus (@sarahclazarus) August 7, 2018
Call me old fashioned but I would rather see a TV version of Hoobastank’s ‘the reason’ anyday https://t.co/8gJJ7Wefzy
— h. jon benjamin (@HJBenjamin) August 7, 2018
but the tv version of “hey there delilah” was the oc
— Ziwe (@ziwe) August 7, 2018
If there’s a Hey There Delilah TV show happening can we get a Netflix series based on @paramore‘s “Misery Business” or “That’s What You Get”
— Pure Noise Records (@purenoiserecs) August 7, 2018
I don’t see how we’re making “Hey There Delilah” a TV show without first creating a feature film titled “Wonderwall”
— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) August 8, 2018
You can relive all of the “Hey There Delilah” magic below!
Having studied Media & Writing at James Madison University, I always knew that I wanted to do some type of creative writing, but being able to write about zombies, Starks, and superheroes on a daily basis for Fan Fest is my actual dream. While I probably shouldn’t be as proud as I am to be so similar to Nick Miller, I do hope to one day write my own “Pepperwood Chronicles’.