LOS ANGELES -- Being the last one to leave the party can lead to a lack of sleep, but it can also pay off with some great encounters.
BBC America threw a proper party at the exclusive Soho House for TV critics in a rooftop room resembling a Japanese garden. The bash revolved around the 50th anniversary of "Doctor Who" with themed drinks like "Impossible Girl" and displayed costumes like the scarves favored by the Fourth Doctor.
Stars from the upcoming "Broadchurch" mini-series and "Atlantis" series were on hand, as was current Doctor Matt Smith,
But the real treat for me came hours later sitting poolside around 1 a.m. Most of the bar crowd had split -- with the notable exception of British actor Mark Addy, who played the doomer ruler on "Game of Thrones"and is probably best known stateside for the CBS sitcom, "Still Standing." He came and sat down next to me on couch where we had a delightful conversation about everything from the state of education to the pleasures of rolling one's own cigarettes.
We were pleasantly interrupted by fellow Brit David Bradley, who became a pop-culture icon of sorts for being a key killer in the "Red Wedding" episode of "Game of Thrones." He's also part of a Dr. Who origin movie and "Broadchurch." Despite being one of the hottest stars in British television, Bradley couldn't be more down to earth.
Hey, it pays to stay up late.
It also pays to get up early. Sean Combs worked the breakfast tables Friday morning, in support of his upcoming network, Revolt, which he hopes will be to music what CNN is to news.Combs called the launch the "hardest thing, most stressful thing I've ever done in my life."
Coming up next: Checking in with the cast of "Breaking Bad" as well as Joseph Gordon-Levitt's new project.