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24 hour party people

24 was originally about a wedding

24 protagonist Jack Bauer squared off against dozens of nefarious terrorists, politicians, and other assorted evildoers over the course of the show's eight seasons. But if the popular Fox drama had followed its original concept, Jack Bauer would have had an entirely different challenge: surviving a wedding day.

"I'd always worked in 22-episodes-a-season TV and one day thought, 'What if we did a show where an hour was in real time?'" explained 24 creator Joel Surnow in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. "I called [co-creator] Bob Cochran and we decided to do a show about the 24 hours leading up to a wedding. Then that didn't work. It had to be something that was going to keep you. It had to be a race against time. So what if some guy's daughter is missing? So we started there."

24 went on to become one of Fox's biggest hits of the decade, so it's hard to argue with the direction they chose — but come on, wouldn't you watch a real-time Father of the Bride with the main character constantly screaming "dammit" at the caterers?