One of pop music's catchiest songs is being made into a TV series. Plain White T's hit single "Hey There Delilah" is being adapted for television, according to a press release on Tuesday. Watch the original music video by playing the video above.
"Hey There Delilah," tells the story of a struggling musician who falls in love with a college student named Delilah, and promises to write a song for her. It was inspired by the band's frontman Tom Higgenson meeting nationally ranked runner Delilah DiCrescenzo, although the real encounter didn't turn into a long-distance romance the way the fictional one did.
Since its release in 2006, the song has racked up more than 50 million views on YouTube and been certified four times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for selling more than four million units. It also earned Plain White T's two Grammy Award nominations in 2008, for Song of the Year and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, though it did not win in either category.
Higgenson is now working on adapting the story from the music video into a TV pilot, with screenwriter Jeremy Desmon ("Pump Up The Volume"). Per the press release, the band's manager Deb Klein is producing along with Michael Barra of Lively McCabe Entertainment.
Trying to make an entire TV series out of one four-minute music video might sound like a stretch, but it's not entirely out of the realm of plausibility. One of the most popular films in theaters right now is "Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!" which is the sequel to the smash hit movie "Mamma Mia." That movie was itself based on a successful musical written entirely around ABBA songs. And shows about long-distance relationships aren't uncommon either, including the British romantic drama "NY-LON."
The Plain White T's could tell a sweet story with "Hey There Delilah," depending on exactly how they flesh out their classic love story. They'll have to show music fans what happens after the meet and greet, and where these characters are 12 years later. Until then, music fans can see Plain White T's performing "Hey There Delilah" live on their fall 2018 tour. Below are their upcoming tour dates with tickets on sale through AXS:
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