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“Hey There Delilah” Song is Being Turned into a TV Series

Updated on August 13, 2018

“Hey There Delilah, what’s it like in New York City?“

It is safe to say you have probably had this catchy song stuck in your head atleast a time or two in your life. Since first appearing in 2016, the song has become a chart topping hit known by millions around the world. This is all for good reason, as many fans are drawn to the narrative-style lyrics of this tale of long distance love. It is the song’s strong sense of narrative that has inspired Michael Barra and band frontman, Tom Higgenson, to come of with the concept of a scripted TV show about Delilah!

On August 7th, 2018 The Hollywood Reporter released the news that “ Hey There Delilah” was being developed into a TV show described as “a contemporary fairy tale.” Theater book writer, Jeremy Desmon will write the script, while Lively McCabe and Deb Klein will produce the show. The show will soon be pitched to several networks.

There are many unknown details about how the series will relate to the song. However, maybe we can get some insight from the lead singer of the band himself. In an interview with USA Today, Tom Higgenson shared that he wrote the song for a girl he met through a friend. He told the girl she was so beautiful that he already wrote a song about her. This smooth little white lie may not have lead him to the girl in the end, but it did lead The Plain White T’s to the top of the Billboard Top 100. Perhaps the series will mimic the real life story. But maybe it will cater more to the crowd of hopeless romantics who will want to see them together.. We will have to wait and see.

During a more recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Higgenson shared that he is “excited to reimagine a story he’s told a million times”. This leaves the question of what new ideas and concepts will be added to the story of the struggling song writer who longs for his New York City girl. Higgenson says he plans to “make something fun and fresh that people can fall in love with all over again.”

What do you think? Would you watch a TV series inspired by a chart topping song?


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