Christopher Chulack

Christopher Chulack
Occupation Television director and producer

Christopher Chulack is an American television producer and director. He has worked extensively on ER and has won several awards.



Chulack began working on the NBC medical drama ER as a director and producer with the first season. He was promoted to co-executive producer midway through the third season. Chulack became an executive producer during the fifth season, but relinquished the position in the sixth season in order to focus on the development of Third Watch. He remained a consulting producer on ER until he returned to the position of executive producer at the start of the tenth season. Chulack was an executive producer from the tenth season until the series ended with the fifteenth season. He continued to regularly direct episodes throughout the series run and has helmed a total of 41 episodes as of the close of the fourteenth season.

Chulack and the rest of the producers of ER were nominated for an Emmy award for Outstanding Drama Series for their work on the first season at the 1995 awards. The series won the award the following year and Chulack was personally nominated for the Emmy award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing for a Drama Series for his work on the episode "Hell and High Water". Chulack won the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series for his work on "Hell and High Water" in 1996. Chulack won the award again in 1997 for his work on the episode "Fear of Flying" and also received a DGA diversity award along with John Wells for their promotion of a diverse workforce in the television industry.[1]

Chulack was nominated for two prizes at the 1997 Emmy awards - the outstanding drama series award and the directing award. Chulack and the other ER producers were nominated for the Outstanding Drama Series award twice more (in 1998 and 1999). Chulack was personally nominated for the Directing Emmy again in 2004 for his work on the episode "The Lost".

Chulack was also nominated for two further DGA Awards for his directing work on ER. He was nominated in 1998 for the episode "Fathers and Sons" and in 2005 for the episode "Time of Death".[2]

Third Watch

In 1999 Chulack's fellow ER producer John Wells created Third Watch and enlisted Chulack to direct the pilot episode. Chulack came on board as an executive producer on the series from the pilot until its cancellation at the close of its sixth season in 2005. Chulack directed several episodes of Third Watch and was executive producer for all of its episodes. Due to his pressing duties on Third Watch, Chulack had to cut back on his ER production duties, moving from executive producer to consulting producer. Jonathan Kaplan became ER's producer/director in Chulack's place.

Other Wells Production series

In 2001 Chulack directed the pilot episode and executive produced Wells Production's next two series Citizen Baines (in 2001) and Presidio Med (in 2002). Both series were short-lived and were cancelled before completing their first seasons.

In 2005 Wells created a new series named Smith and again recruited Chulack to direct the pilot episode. Chulack directed four episodes of Smith and was again credited as an executive producer but the series was cancelled shortly after it began airing. The series star Ray Liotta was also directed by Chulack as a special guest star in the "Time of Death" ER episode that earned Chulack a DGA award nomination.


In the 2008 to 2009 television season Chulack developed the police drama series Southland for NBC. He worked with writing partner John Wells and creator Ann Biderman. Chulack, Wells and Biderman were executive producer for the first season and Chulack directed the pilot episode "Unknown Trouble". The series was picked up and aired as a midseason replacement. Chulack directed the episodes "See the Woman", "Sally in the Alley" and the season finale "Derailed".

The series was renewed for a second season and Chulack remained an executive producer and regular director. He helmed the season premiere "Phase Three" and the episode "U-Boat". NBC canceled the series before any episodes from the second season had aired. The six produced episodes were picked up by TNT and aired as the second season. TNT renewed the series for a third season and Chulack returned in the same role. He directed the season premiere "Let It Snow", the episodes "Punching Water", "The Winds" (which featured the departure of starring cast member Kevin Alejandro), "Fixing A Hole" and the season finale "Graduation Day".



Year Show Episode Notes
1993 Homefront "Signed, Crazy in Love" Season 2, episode 34
1995 ER "Sleepless in Chicago" Season 1, episode 18
"Men Plan, God Laughs" Season 1, episode 22
"Hell and High Water" Season 2, episode 7
1996 "It's Not Easy Being Greene" Season 2, episode 13
"John Carter, M.D." Season 2, episode 22
"Doctor Carter, I Presume" Season 3, episode 1
"Fear of Flying" Season 3, episode 6
1997 "The Long Way Around" Season 3, episode 15
"You Bet Your Life" Season 3, episode 18
"One More For The Road" Season 3, episode 22
"Something New" Season 4, episode 2
"Fathers and Sons" Season 4, episode 7
1998 "Sharp Relief" Season 4, episode 12
"Exodus" Season 4, episode 15
"Day For Knight" Season 5, episode 1
"The Good Fight" Season 5, episode 8
1999 "Choosing Joi" Season 5, episode 13
"The Storm: Part 2" Season 5, episode 15
Third Watch "Welcome to Camelot" Season 1, episode 1
2000 ER "Rescue Me" Season 7, episode 13
2001 Third Watch "In Their Own Words" Season 3, episode 1
Citizen Baines "A Day Like No Other" Season 1, episode 1
"The Whole Thump-Thump-Thump" Season 1, episode 2
"A Song That Never Ends" Season 1, episode 8 (Unaired)
2002 Presidio Med "This Baby's Gonna Fly" Season 1, episode 1
"Second Chance" Season 1, episode 2
"Once Upon a Family" Season 1, episode 7
ER "A Simple Twist of Fate" Season 8, episode 14
2003 Presidio Med "Suffer Unto Me the Children..." Season 1, episode 9
ER "Kisangani" Season 9, episode 22
"The Lost" Season 10, episode 2
"Dear Abby" Season 10, episode 3
"Freefall" Season 10, episode 8
"Makemba" Season 10, episode 10
2004 Third Watch "More Monsters" Season 6, episode 1
ER "Forgive and Forget" Season 10, episode 16
"One For The Road" Season 11, episode 1
"Time of Death" Season 11, episode 6
2005 "The Providers" Season 11, episode 12
"Here and There" Season 11, episode 16
"Carter est Amoureux" Season 11, episode 21
"Canon City" Season 12, episode 1
"Man With No Name" Season 12, episode 3
"Two Ships" Season 12, episode 8
2006 "There Are No Angels Here" Season 12, episode 20
Smith "Pilot"
2007 "Seven" Online only
ER "Murmurs of the Heart" Season 13, episode 14
"The Honeymoon is Over" Season 13, episode 23
"Officer Down" Season 14, episode 3
"Blackout" Season 14, episode 7
2008 "Owner of a Broken Heart" Season 14, episode 14
"The Chicago Way" Season 14, episode 19
"The Book of Abby" Season 15, episode 3
"Haunted Season 15, episode 5
2012 Longmire "Pilot" Season 1, Episode 1
"A Damn Shame" Season 1, Episode 3
"8 Seconds" Season 1, Episode 7
2013 "The Great Spirit" Season 2, Episode 8
2014 "The White Warrior" Season 3, Episode 1
Shameless "Liver, I Hardly Know Her" Season 4, Episode 10
2016 Shameless "I only miss her when I'm breathing" Season 6, episode 1


  1. Dave McNary (2005-01-09). "DGA will fete McPherson". Variety. Retrieved 2008-05-12.
  2. Dave McNary (2005-01-12). "DGA noms favor TV's dark side". Variety. Retrieved 2008-05-12.

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