Picks and Pans Review: High Sierra Search and Rescue

UPDATED 06/12/1995 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 06/12/1995 at 01:00 AM EDT

NBC (Sun., June 11, 10 p.m. ET)

C

Spun off from a TV movie that aired last year, this show stars Robert Conrad {Baa Baa Black Sheep) as a helicopter pilot who heads up a volunteer rescue unit in a sleepy mountain hamlet. Strike that—how about an emergency-infested mountain hamlet? In the first episode, a bunch of spoiled college brats go mountain biking, and one sails right off a cliff. Meanwhile an autistic boy gets lost in the woods.

In the second episode, as a forest fire rages, we learn that the nickname for Conrad's character is "Tooter" (because he plays the bagpipes). Whew! I had thought they were calling him "Tudor" because Conrad's imperious manner recalls Henry VIII.

Extreme, an ABC series with James Brolin, covered this territory far more colorfully a few months ago—and disappeared without a trace. That can't be a good omen for this mawkish, formulaic melodrama, which later this week will assume its regular slot: Wednesdays at 8 p.m.

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