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Plain White T’s Song ‘Hey There Delilah’ Is Being Turned Into a TV Show

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“Hey There Delilah,” a hit song from pop punk band Plain White T’s in 2006, is being adapted into a television show by Lively McCabe Entertainment.

Described as a contemporary fairy tale expanding on the story within the song, the concept comes from T’s frontman and songwriter Tom Higgenson, writer Jeremy Desmon, and Lively McCabe’s Michael Barra, with Desmon attached to write. Primary Wave’s Deb Klein is attached to produce.

“Hey There Delilah,” written by Higgenson and published by Warner Chappell Music, was originally released in 2006 and spent 35 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, including multiple weeks at number one. The song has since been licensed for “Orange is the New Black,” “Family Guy,” and “Sesame Street,” among other shows. The lyrics tell the tale of a long-distance flirtation between a struggling singer-songwriter and a New York City university student. The songwriter pledges to write a song for the young woman on the night they meet, and that promise changes their lives in unexpected ways.

“It’s been more than a decade since ‘Hey There Delilah’ 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,” Higgenson said. “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 multi-generational audience, and is begging to be expanded into a full-length story for contemporary television audiences,” added Lively McCabe Entertainment’s co-president Michael Barra. “Lively McCabe is thrilled to be working with Tom, Deb and Jeremy to bring it to life on the screen.”

Lively McCabe Entertainment is led by producer Barra and co-founder Katie Dietz.