Producer and Writer Credits
Story Editor: “Little House On The Prairie”
Executive Story Consultant: “Little House On The Prairie,” “Father Murphy,” “Cagney and Lacey,” and “Magnum, P.I.”
Co-Producer: “Magnum, P.I.” !Producer: “Magnum, P.I.”
Supervising Producer: “Magnum, P.I.”
Co-Executive Producer: “Magnum, P.I.,” “Revealing Evidence: Stalking the Honolulu Strangler,” “Silver Fox,” “B.L. Stryker,” “High Sierra Search and Rescue,” and “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.”
Executive Producer: “Hal Needham’s Bandit,” “Legacy,” and “Diagnosis Murder.”
Creative Consultant: “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.”
One Hour Drama Series
Starring Michael Learned and Robert Reed
Episode 1: ” A Little Rain” shared credit with Max McClendon. A story about drug dependence among overly stressed college students.
Little House on the Prairie
Starring Michael Landon, Karen Grassle, Melissa Gilbert, Dean Butler, Katherine MacGregor, Richard Bull, Victor French, Jonathan Gilbert, Matthew Labyorteaux. Alison Arngrim
Episode 12: “Oleson Versus Oleson.” A women’s suffrage activist arrives in Walnut Grove to further the cause of women’s property and voting rights.
Episdoe 14: “The Nephews.” Almanzo has no idea the trouble he is in for when he agrees to babysit his brother Royal’s two mischievous sons.
Episode 5: “A Wiser Heart.” Laura leaves home to go to college in Arizona. It is her first encounter with the big world outside of Walnut Grove and it brings her heartache, but also valuable insight into herself.
Episode 7: “The Legend Of Black Jake.” Nels is kidnapped and held for ransom by a couple of bumbling crooks, a situation Nels quickly turns to his advantage.
Episode 9: “For The Love Of Nancy.” Nancy takes advantage of an overweight, self-conscious boy.
Episode 18: “Days of Sunshine, Days of Shadow, Part 2.” An injured Almanzo spirals into depression until a tornado and Laura’s example bring him back to his hard-working self.
Episode 21: “May I Have This Dance.” Transitions in the Oleson family’s lives and in Laura and Almanzo’s, create hard feelings and disappointment at first, but are happily resolved.
Little House Two Hour Movies:
Special #4: “Little House: Bless All The Dear Children.” Laura and Almanzo’s baby Rose is kidnapped by a woman desperate to have children
Starring Merlin Olsen, Katherine Cannon, Timothy Gibbs and Moses Gunn.
Episode 19: “Matthew and Elizabeth.” Problems erupt when Matt gets a crush on evil Richard Garrett’s daughter Elizabeth.
Episode 20: “The First Miracle: Part 1.” An incorrigible child is brought to Gold Hill, creating turmoil when she falls in love with Father Murphy.
Cagney and Lacey
Starring Sharon Gless, Tyne Daly, Al Waxman, John Karlen
Episode 17: “Burn Out” written under name Chelsea Nickerson, shared credit with Del Reisman. Burned out by the relentless demands of job and home, Cagney disappears without letting either her husband or her partner know where she’s gone.
NOTE: Emmy winner for Tyne Daly, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
Episode 21: “A Cry For Help,” shared credit with Terry Louise Fisher. Cagney and Lacey are working with a detective in the Fraud Squad who, they discover, is beating his wife.
Episode 1: “Matinee.” Three bored housewives find adventure through casual sex in the City until one of them is murdered.
Starring Jack Klugman and Robert Ito.
Episode 7: “Science For Sale.” Shared credit with Erich Collier, Diana Marcus,and Nancy Faulkner. A story examining the beginnings of DNA testing.
Starring Tom Selleck, John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosely and Larry Manetti.
Episode 10: “Operation: Silent Night.” Shared credit with Reuben Leder. Christmas Eve, with Magnum, Rick and Higgins on board, TC has to make an emergency landing on an island the Navy is using for gunnery practice.
Episode 14: “Rembrandt’s Girl.” Magnum is trapped in a bank vault with an eccentric bank teller.
NOTE: This episode starred Carol Burnett.<
Episode 15: “Paradise Blues.” Shared story credit with Chas. Floyd Johnson. A famous singer Magnum and TC knew when she performed for the USO in Viet Nam comes to them for help with what turns out to be a drug problem.
Episode 21: “I Witness.” Shared credit with Reuben Leder. Three masked gunmen hold up the King Kamehameha Club.
Episode 7: “Blind Justice.” Magnum brings justice to a man who has gotten away with murder.
Episode 9: “Tran Quoc Jones.” A ten-year-old Vietnamese boy asks Magnum to help him find his father.
Episode 14: “Compulsion.” Someone is either trying to murder Assistant DA Carol Baldwin or scare her to death.
Episode 1 (Two Hour): “Deja Vu.” Shared story credit with Donald Bellisario. Magnum and Higgins go to England on business for their benefactor Robin Masters. TC and Rick find a way to tag along.
Episode 3: “Kona Winds.” Magnum rescues a woman from attempted suicide but then must save her from her husband who intends to murder her.
Episode 6: “Going Home.” Magnum goes home to Virginia for his grandfather’s funeral. !Episode 16: “This Island Isn’t Big Enough.” Shared credit with Reuben Leder.
Episode 1 (Two Hour): “LA.” On minor business in LA, Magnum stumbles into a murder and a romance.
Episode 17: “Laura.” A retired NY cop tracks the two men who viciously killed his granddaughter to Hawaii.
NOTE: This episode starred Frank Sinatra in his last major acting role.
Episode 19: “The Aunt Who Came To Dinner.” Magnum’s favorite Aunt comes to ask his help. She thinks someone is trying to kill her, but he discovers she’s suffering from early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Episode 21: “Limbo.” Shared teleplay credit with Jay Huguely and Bruce Cervi and shared story credit with Tom Selleck and Chas. Floyd Johnson. Magnum is shot and left in a coma when his wife comes to seek his help, which he manages to do while still in a coma.
Episode 1: “Infinity and Jelly Doughtnuts.” Magnum emerges from his coma.
Episode 8: “Unfinished Business.” Shared credit with Jeri Taylor. Magnum’s greatest enemy, Quang Ki, is on trial but his case is suddenly and mysteriously dismissed.
Episode 11: “Transitions.” Robin Masters’ new, unpublished novel is stolen. Magnum and Higgins must find it. !Episodes 12 and 13: “Resolutions 1 and 2.” Shared credit with Stephen Miller. The series finale.
Starring Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell and Max Gail.
Episode 13: “Liberation.” Shared credit with Deborah Pratt. Leaping into the middle of the woman’s liberation movement Sam must prevent the death of a young lady at a sit-in and convince her father to live with a liberated daughter.
Star Trek: Voyager
Starring Kate Mulgrew
Episode 10: “State of Flux.” Teleplay credit. Voyager answers a distress call from a Kazon-Nistrim ship, to find all but one of the crew dead in an explosion.
High Sierra Search and Rescue
Starring Robert Conrad, Dee Wallace and LaVelda Fann.
Episodes 8 and 9: “Lilith: Parts 1 and 2.” A mysterious female visitor to the area may or may not be Campbell’s long lost love. Then again, she may not even exist.
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
Starring Jane Seymour, Joe Lando, Orson Bean, Barbara Babcock
Episode 16: “The Most Fatal Disease.” Kid Cole comes to town with a secret he’s keeping from his wife—he’s dying.
NOTE: This episode starred Johnny Cash as Kid Cole and June Carter Cash as his wife.
Episode 20: “Hostage.” Mike and her kids are taken hostage by two bank robbers when Sully is away from home.
NOTE: This episode starred David Carradine.
Episode 24: “His Father’s Son.” Sully steps up to give Brian the father he needs.
Episode 3: “A Matter of Conscience.” Hank sets out to find Sully and bring him to justice.
Episode 6: “Last Dance.” As Dorothy researches her book on Native American customs, she teaches Cloud Dancing a few ballroom moves.
Episode 7: “Lead Me Not.” The Women’s Temperance League arrives in Colorado Springs as Mike begins to see a serious drinking problem in someone she cares about.
Episode 16: “Life In The Balance.” A large group of Chinese immigrants passing through town fall victim to fever. Mike learns how to work with an eastern healer in order to save lives.
Episode 20: While on a trip with Sully, Mike falls and sustains a potentially fatal head injury.
NOTE: Series created by Chris Abbott for UPN.
Starring: Brett Cullen, Grayson McCouch, Jeremy Garrett, Ron Melendez, Lea Morno, Sarah Raines, Lisa Sheridan, Sean Bridgers, Steven Williams and Sharon Leal.
Episode 1 (Pilot): “The Gift.” The Logan family, horse farmers in 1881 Kentucky, face hardship and joy together.
Episode 2: “Tango.” A city kid who has come to live with the Logans tries to fit in.
Episode 11: “Full House.” While Pa’s away, the kids will play.
Twice In A Lifetime
Episode 5: “Double Exposure”
Episode 2: “Sleeping Murder.”
Episode 10: “The Seven Deadly Sins.” Shared credit with Steve Brown.
Episode 9: “Confession.” Shared credit with Steve Brown.
“Revealing Evidence: Stalking the Honolulu Strangler.” A suspense/thriller set in the Hawaii Police Department.
NOTE: This two hour pilot/mow starred Stanley Tucci.
“Silver Fox.” A one hour pilot about an aging James Bond.
NOTE: This pilot starred James Coburn.
“Legacy.” A family of horse farmers set in 1881 Kentucky. This pilot went on to series on UPN.
TWO-HOUR DRAMA SERIES
Starring Burt Reynolds, Ossie Davis, Rita Moreno
Season 1: “The Dancer’s Touch.” Shared credit with Christopher Crowe (AKA Leon Piedmont.). B.L. Stryker is a private detective whose home is a houseboat docked in Southern Florida. His cases almost always involve the antics and miseries of the very wealthy Palm Beach crowd.
Season 2: “Die Laughing.” Shared credit with Norma Jean Wood. A world-renowned comic with serious mental problems thinks someone’s out to kill him. The police don’t take it seriously… until people start dying.
Hal Needham’s Bandit
Starring Brian Bloom, Brian Krause, Christopher Atkins and Elizabeth Berkeley, based on the “Bandit” movies starring Burt Reynolds.
Episode 3: “Bandit Goes Country.” Shared story credit with Hal Needham.
DAYTIME DRAMA SERIES
The Bold And The Beautiful
Season 19: Episode 234
Season 20: Episodes 40, 53, 66 and 95.
NOTE: Nominated for Daytime Emmy.
The Young And The Restless
Season 34: Episodes 216, 221, 229, 236, and 251.
The Prime Thyme Tree Crime (writer and director)
The Worm Beast (writer and director)
Searching For Neverland
“Ten Minutes To The Pitch”
In addition to her entertainment work, Chris is also a certified Crime Scene Investigator, as well as a licensed Master Esthetician in Utah and California.