Sheila Callaghan's Periscopes

  1. ...in which Sheila deposits herself onto her couch in her fuzzy coat and attempts to redeem herself from the last several poorly conceived intro videos she shot earlier in the evening. (aired 12/15/16, 35 sec.)

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  2. (aired 2/7/17, 65 min.) ...in which Sheila and returning guest David Iserson (US of Tara, Mad Men, Mr. Robot) eat steak and talk turkey in a Hollywood restaurant. Topics include: why David chose a career in writing instead of art; the inherent dangers of basing characters on loved ones; how to avoid playing the victim-card when writing from personal experiences; ways in which evolving TV formats change how audiences consume the medium; whether a blank page is terrifying or liberating; why David is known as "The Ice-Man"; and a lightning question round (let it be known: Ice-Man loves a good question). Also, intermittent audio glitches from 21:41 to 37:27.

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  3. …in which Sheila performs a set of viewer-requested songs in sparkly pants using excessive reverb. This is ostensibly to demonstrate how she blows off steam while on deadline. But also, it’s her effing birthday. Songs include: I’m On Fire; Wanted Dead or Alive; The Jefferson’s Theme Song; Bad Romance; Wannabe; One Way or Another; Space Oddity; Tribute; Rehab; Wonderwall; Summer of ’69; and other classics. At her side is master air guitarist/pro-dabber/irish dancer Cal, who awards us a quickie piano recital at the end. And, a SURPRISE MYSTERY GUEST performs two(!) duets with the birthday girl from off-screen. (aired 1/24/17, 75 min.)

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  4. ...in which Sheila and actress Kate Morgan Chadwick (theater: BED, tv: SHAMELESS) pinch their cheeks and talk endlessly about Kate's hair. Topics include: How Kate lied about her guitar skills to land the lead in Sheila's play BED; how it felt for Kate to portray a character based partially on the author; BED's evolution from script to production, along with discussion of the rehearsal process; coping with last-minute script additions in new plays; how Sheila acts during tech; Kate's experience filming a nude TV scene; whether Sheila felt better or worse after writing BED; and the differences between table reads in theatre and TV. Also, Kate humps a periscope prop. (aired 1/10/17, 63 min.)

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  5. ...in which a jetlagged Sheila 'scopes from Dublin to discuss ways of staying sane/insane. Topics include: panic attacks and medication; reasons she fired her therapist; how to keep your inner demons from hindering your creative process; why dudes troll; practicing self-care while immersed in one's work; the benefits of pausing in a good place; finding a writing "opposite" to achieve balance; writing exercises to help stay loopy (in the good way); and the delicate equilibrium between sanity and insanity. Also, Sheila sings an impromptu song called "Never A Girl" and fails to unearth someone who understands the significance of catching a Mr. Mime. (aired 12/28/16, 66 min.)

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Sheila Callaghan's Periscopes

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Playwright/TV writer Sheila Callaghan (SHAMELESS, US of TARA) does bi-weekly live chats on Periscope & dumps them here. Topics include: theatre, TV, feminism, socks, motherhood, heartache, pants, & plays, but mostly writing. She has bad stage fright &…


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Playwright/TV writer Sheila Callaghan (SHAMELESS, US of TARA) does bi-weekly live chats on Periscope & dumps them here. Topics include: theatre, TV, feminism, socks, motherhood, heartache, pants, & plays, but mostly writing. She has bad stage fright & often appears manic. Also she has difficulty setting her iPhone timer & says the word f*ck a lot. Ask her a decent question & she'll clobber you with a plastic heart. Check her twitter profile for the next broadcast: twitter.com/sheilacalla

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