And not all summer series are fluff. CBS's "Northern Exposure" started this way. And last week, NBC aired the first two episodes of Robert Conrad's "High Sierra Search and Rescue," airing Wednesdays at 8 through July 26.
The series is based on an actual volunteer rescue team in Bear Valley, Calif., Conrad's home. In this picturesque town in the Sierra Nevada mountains, said Conrad, "There is no 911. No medevac, no doctor, no anything. The medevac comes in after the search-and-rescue people are there."
Conrad, now 60, plays helicopter pilot Tooter Campbell. Doesn't this sound familiar? Let's see: Conrad played flying ace Pappy Boyington in "Baa Baa Black Sheep" in the '70s. No, that's not it.
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