Lisa Zwerling

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Lisa Zwerling
Occupation Television Writer
Nationality American
Notable works ER

Lisa Zwerling is an American physician (member of the American Medical Association), television writer and producer (member of the Writers Guild of America & the Producers Guild of America). She has worked on the medical drama series Presidio Med and ER and science fiction series FlashForward.


Zwerling began her television career as a technical advisor and writer for the medical drama Presidio Med. The series was canceled before completing its first season. Presidio Med was created and executive produced by John Wells. Following the conclusion of Presidio Med Wells hired Zwerling as a story editor for the tenth season of long running medical drama ER. She made her writing debut for the series with the episode "NICU".[1]

Zwerling returned for the eleventh season as an executive story editor. She wrote a further four episodes - "An Intern's Guide To The Galaxy",[2] "Middleman",[3] "Back in the World",[4] and "Ruby Redux".[5] "Back in the World" was co-written with executive producer and show runner David Zabel. "Ruby Redux" was co-written with executive producer Lydia Woodward.

For the twelfth season Zwerling became a producer, initially being credited as a co-producer. Zwerling co-wrote the season opener "Canon City" with Wells and co-executive producer Joe Sachs.[6] She co-wrote a further episode, "Quintessence of Dust", again with Zabel,[7] and scripted a third episode "Lost in America" on her own.[8]

She was promoted for the thirteenth season becoming a producer and contributing a further five episodes - "Graduation Day"[9] (with executive producer Janine Sherman Barrois), "Scoop and Run",[10] "City of Mercy"[11] (with Zabel), "Crisis of Conscience",[12] and "Sea Change".[13]

She garnered more responsibility for the fourteenth season becoming a supervising producer and writing a further five episodes including the season finale. She collaborated with staff writer Karen Maser on "In A Different Light"[14] - Zwerling's first episode collaborating with a junior writer. She also wrote "The Test",[15] "Atonement",[16] "Truth Will Out" (again with Maser),[17] and season finale "The Chicago Way" with David Zabel.[18]

Zwerling is currently a co-executive producer and writer on the fifteenth and final season of ER. She wrote the second episode of the season "Another Thursday at County."[19] She also co-wrote "The Book of Abby" (again with Zabel) which was the final episode of longserving series star Maura Tierney who plays Abby Lockhart.[20]

After the conclusion of ER, she joined the crew of new ABC science fiction series FlashForward in 2009. Zwerling served as a co-executive producer and writer for the series. The show focuses on a team of FBI agents following a global consciousness blackout that gives people a vision of their futures. The series was created by Brannon Braga and David S. Goyer both of whom also served as executive producers. Zwerling co-wrote five episodes for the first season. She co-wrote the episode "Black Swan" with Scott M. Gimple.[21] She co-wrote the episode "The Gift" with Ian Goldberg.[22] She co-wrote the episode "Blowback" with Barbara Nance.[23] She co-wrote the episode "The Garden of Forking Paths" with Goyer.[24] She co-wrote the seasons penultimate episode "Countdown" with Seth Hoffman.[25]

Fox has handed a late pilot order to Weekend at Bellevue, a medical drama from former ER writer-producer Lisa Zwerling and BermanBraun (Lloyd Braun/Gail Berman). The project, centered on a psychiatrist in charge of the weekend shift of Bellevue Hospital psychiatric unit, was originally set up at NBC and UMS earlier this season. After the network recently passed on the script, it was taken to Fox. Weekend at Bellevue is based on Dr. Julie Holland's memoir about her nine-year stint as the weekend physician in charge of the psychiatric emergency room at the oldest public hospital in the United States whose name has become synonymous with insanity. Zwerling, Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun and Gene Stein are executive producing.[citation needed]



Year Show Role Notes
2010 FlashForward Co-executive producer Season 1
ER Co-executive producer Season 15
Supervising producer Season 14
Producer Season 13
Co-producer Season 12
Executive story editor Season 11
Story editor Season 10
Presidio Med Story editor Season 1


Year Show Episode Notes
2010 FlashForward "Countdown"[25] Season 1, episode 21
Co-written with Seth Hoffman
"The Garden of Forking Paths"[24] Season 1, episode 17
Co-written with David S. Goyer
"Blowback"[23] Season 1, episode 13
Co-written with Barbara Nance
2009 "The Gift"[22] Season 1, episode 7
Co-written with Ian Goldberg
"Black Swan"[21] Season 1, episode 4
Co-written with Scott M. Gimple
2008 ER "The Book of Abby"[20] Season 15, episode 3, co-written with David Zabel
"Another Thursday at County"[19] Season 15, episode 2
"The Chicago Way"[18] Season 14, episode 19, co-written with David Zabel
"Truth Will Out"[17] Season 14, episode 16, co-written with Karen Maser
"Atonement"[16] Season 14, episode 13
2007 "The Test"[15] Season 14, episode 6
"In A Different Light"[14] Season 14, episode 2, with Karen Maser
"Sea Change"[13] Season 13, episode 22
"Crisis of Conscience"[12] Season 13, episode 16, co-written with David Zabel
"City of Mercy"[11] Season 13, episode 11
2006 "Scoop and Run"[10] Season 13, episode 9
"Graduation Day"[9] Season 13, episode 2, co-written with Janine Sherman Barrois
"Lost in America"[8] Season 12, episode 17
"Quintessence of Dust"[7] Season 12, episode 14, co-written with David Zabel
2005 "Canon City"[6] Season 12, episode 1, co-written with John Wells and Joe Sachs
"Ruby Redux"[5] Season 11, episode 19, co-written with Lydia Woodward
"Back in the World"[4] Season 11, episode 17, co-written with David Zabel
"Middleman"[3] Season 11, episode 13
2004 "An Intern's Guide To The Galaxy"[2] Season 11, episode 5
"NICU"[1] Season 10, episode 12


  1. ^ a b Laura Innes (director); Lisa Zwerling (writer) (2004-01-15). "NICU". ER. Season 10. Episode 12. NBC. 
  2. ^ a b Arthur Albert (director); Lisa Zwerling (writer) (2004-11-04). "An Intern's Guide To The Galaxy". ER. Season 11. Episode 5. NBC. 
  3. ^ a b Ernest R Dickerson (director); Lisa Zwerling (writer) (2005-02-03). "Middleman". ER. Season 11. Episode 13. NBC. 
  4. ^ a b Jonathan Robert Kaplan (director); David Zabel, Lisa Zwerling (writers) (2005-03-24). "Back in the World". ER. Season 11. Episode 17. NBC. 
  5. ^ a b Paul McCrane (director); Lisa Zwerling, Lydia Woodward (writers) (2005-04-28). "Ruby Redux". ER. Season 11. Episode 19. NBC. 
  6. ^ a b Christopher Chulack (director); Lisa Zwerling, John Wells, Joe Sachs (writers) (2005-09-22). "Canon City". ER. Season 12. Episode 1. NBC. 
  7. ^ a b Joanna Kerns (director); Lisa Zwerling, David Zabel (writers) (2006-02-09). "Quintessence of Dust". ER. Season 12. Episode 14. NBC. 
  8. ^ a b Stephen Cragg (director); Lisa Zwerling (writer) (2006-03-23). "Lost in America". ER. Season 12. Episode 17. NBC. 
  9. ^ a b Joanna Kerns (director); Janine Sherman Barrois, Lisa Zwerling (writers) (2006-09-28). "Graduation Day". ER. Season 13. Episode 2. NBC. 
  10. ^ a b Stephen Cragg (director); Lisa Zwerling (writer) (2006-11-23). "Scoop and Run". ER. Season 13. Episode 9. NBC. 
  11. ^ a b Stephen Cragg (director); David Zabel, Lisa Zwerling (writers) (2007-12-07). "City of Mercy". ER. Season 13. Episode 11. NBC. 
  12. ^ a b Steve Shill (director); Lisa Zwerling (writer) (2007-02-15). "Crisis of Conscience". ER. Season 13. Episode 16. NBC. 
  13. ^ a b Laura Innes (director); Lisa Zwerling (writer) (2007-05-10). "Sea Change". ER. Season 13. Episode 22. NBC. 
  14. ^ a b Richard Thorpe (director); Lisa Zwerling, Karen Maser (writers) (2007-10-04). "In A Different Light". ER. Season 14. Episode 2. NBC. 
  15. ^ a b Felix Enriquez Alcala (director); Lisa Zwerling (writer) (2007-11-01). "The Test". ER. Season 14. Episode 6. NBC. 
  16. ^ a b Stephen Cragg (director); Lisa Zwerling (writer) (2008-01-17). "Atonement". ER. Season 14. Episode 13. NBC. 
  17. ^ a b Andrew Bernstein (director); Karen Maser (Story), Karen Maser & Lisa Zwerling (Teleplay), (2008-04-24). "Truth Will Out". ER. Season 14. Episode 16. NBC. 
  18. ^ a b Christopher Chulack (director); David Zabel, Lisa Zwerling (writers) (2008-05-15). "The Chicago Way". ER. Season 14. Episode 19. NBC. 
  19. ^ a b Paul McCrane (director); Lisa Zwerling (writer) (2008-10-09). "Another Thursday at County". ER. Season 15. Episode 2. NBC. 
  20. ^ a b Christopher Chulack (director); David Zabel, Lisa Zwerling (writers) (2008-10-16). "The Book of Abby". ER. Season 15. Episode 3. NBC. 
  21. ^ a b Michael Rymer (director); Lisa Zwerling & Scott Gimple (writers) (2009-10-15). "Black Swan". FlashForward. Season 1. Episode 4. ABC. 
  22. ^ a b Nick Gomez (director); Lisa Zwerling & Ian Goldberg (writers) (2009-11-05). "The Gift". FlashForward. Season 1. Episode 7. ABC. 
  23. ^ a b Constantine Makris (director); Lisa Zwerling & Barbara Nance (writers) (2010-03-25). "Blowback". FlashForward. Season 1. Episode 13. ABC. 
  24. ^ a b Nick Gomez (director); David S. Goyer & Lisa Zwerling (writers) (2010-04-22). "The Garden of Forking Paths". FlashForward. Season 1. Episode 17. ABC. 
  25. ^ a b John Polson (director); Lisa Zwerling & Seth Hoffman (writers) (2010-05-20). "Countdown". FlashForward. Season 1. Episode 21. ABC. 

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