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Holding a launch party and screening for Fox’s “24: Live Another Day” at the site of the U.S.S. Intrepid on New York’s West Side seems utterly apropos. The show, after all, sends its viewers hurtling into the military-industrial complex with its tension-filled tales of Jack Bauer trying to stop rogue figures from usurping the U.S. government, But, boy, is the famous ship hard to crack.
An attendee of the party would have to hoof it over to the boat — now the site of a museum — from Midtown, get past security, check in with the appropriate Fox personnel, get a star stamped on one’s hand, show that star to more security, get to the second floor, find the auditorium where the first episode of the series was being shown, find a seat (this attendee missed out and had to sit on steps), and then settle in to watch the debut.
How was it? We’d like to tell you, but then we’d have to kill you (or, we suspect, Fox would kill us). Suffice it to say that “24″ remains in good form, nodding to all the latest hot-button issues in government surveillance and international relations.
At a party afterwards, the stars were out. Benjamin Bratt encouraged his table of friends to take a group photo. Tate Donovan tucked into a plate of steak and macaroni and cheese. Yvonne Strahovski chatted with admirers. Kim Raver and Mary Lynn Rajskub let a young fan get his picture taken with them.
As for Bauer? Kiefer Sutherland made the red carpet, but wasn’t spotted immediately at the party. After having to work so hard to get into the soiree, perhaps Jack Bauer made his escape.