Books have been made into movies, sometimes Broadway-bound stage musicals even. Entire podcasts, video games, chain stores, and Facebook messages have been tweaked into television shows. Now there’s something entirely new to add to the mix, or should we say mixtape? A song is now being pitched to become a hit television series.
There’s probably not a single soul in the world who hasn’t had the 2006 chart-topping song "Hey There Delilah" stuck in their head at least once. Now the classic hit by none other than The Plain White T’s is being developed into a scripted series fit for the small screen. The series is being described as a “contemporary fairy tale” that expands on the story in the ever-popular one hit wonder about a long-distance relationship between a struggling singer/songwriter and an NYC college student, as The Hollywood Reporter noted.
The entire project is being based on an initial concept set into motion by Plain White T's frontman and songwriter Tom Higgenson, writer Jeremy Desmon (Pump Up the Volume, One Hit Wonder), and Lively McCabe's Michael Barra. Desmon will write the script. Primary Wave's Deb Klein is also attached to produce the said series.
"'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.
The band's lead singer seems just as thrilled to begin developing the romantic-comedy adaptation to pitch to networks soon.
Named the 96th most popular song of the 2000s by Billboard, the tween fan favorite was the third single off the rock band’s third studio album, All That We Needed. It was, as Rolling Stone puts it, “a sleeper hit, topping the Billboard Hot 100 the following year and earning two Grammy nominations.”
For those wondering who exactly the Delilah in question was or is, she is, in fact, a real person – American distance runner Delilah DiCrescenzo to be exact.
It looks like The Plain White T’s favorite 3000-meter steeplechase runner is going to be both a music/ television starlet that “Times Square can’t [even] shine as bright as” – just like the original song so carefully stated oh so long ago.
UPDATE: Those looking to get an extra fix of "The T's" can check out their latest album, Parallel Universe, which is set to be released on August 24th.