'Times' censors David Clennon
When actor David Clennon, who played thirtysomething‘s sinister advertising agency boss, Miles Drentell, was asked to contribute to a New York Times Arts & Leisure feature, he said, ”Sure.” As one of the canceled series’ eight actors who were asked to predict the future of their characters, Clennon, who has been protesting U.S. foreign policy for the last 25 years, offered an imaginative response, which the Times didn’t see fit to print. Since his remarks were not used, Clennon wondered if he’d been censored. ”We didn’t have room,” says Times spokeswoman Nancy Nielsen. ”It’s not a case of censorship. The editor would have loved to run his comments.” The June 2 Times story did find room for Peter Horton’s eulogistic thoughts about his character, Gary Shepherd, whose future was determined by a fatal car crash during the show’s Feb. 12 episode.
”I guess they didn’t appreciate my ironic sniping at the time,” says Clennon, 48. ”It was right before the Desert Storm parade extravaganza, and the Times was doing its part in promoting it.”
For the record, here’s the Miles prophecy that never ran: ”DAA [Miles’ agency] will create a campaign to promote Philadelphia’s Desert Storm victory celebration. (Not pro bono: Philadelphia will pay, with subsidies from the Pentagon.) With its emphasis on sexy weaponry, the campaign will draw such a large turnout that DAA will be rewarded with hefty accounts from leading defense contractors. Weapons giant General Electric will order its subsidiary, NBC, to adopt thirtysomething, and the show will be revived as a heartwarming celebration of the Golden Age of Bush….Miles will be appointed to a high office in the CIA’s psychological warfare department.”