Morning Static: Alexander Skarsgard, Paula Abdul & More!

Welcome to our morning round-up of big/interesting TV news that you may have missed over the past 24 hours because unlike us, there’s a fairly good chance that have a life outside of the small screen.

A&E Television Network is suing California-based Genuine Entertainment over who thought up the idea for an upcoming Steven Seagal reality TV show LAWMEN. Which if you ask us, is probably not something to be proud of. [Reuters]

Good News: SEINFELD alum Patrick Warburton continues to make us laugh. Bad News: Not so much on his middling CBS sitcom RULES OF ENGAGEMENT, but rather thanks to his cameo in the latest Apple commercial. [YouTube]

In: THE X FACTOR contestant Danyl Johnson. Out: THE X FACTOR contestant Susan Boyle [YouTube]

Wondering what Blake Lively, Rachel Bilson, Billy Ray Cyrus, Regis Philbin and Alexander Skarsgard all have it common aside from really good genes. Answer: Today is their birthday.

Paula Abdul still in search of R-E-S-P-E-C-T, announced via twitter last night that she is hosting VH1 DIVAS 2009, which will include performances by Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Miley Cyrus, Leona Lewis, and Jordin Sparks and air on VH1 on September 17, life from the Brooklyn Academy of Music. [Twitter]

  • Nick

    Can someone define “Diva” for me? It seems to be an overused term in Hollywood. Do you have to be old? Snobby? Popular? I’d certainly never consider Miley and Kelly “divas.” And having Paula *host* anything should make the producer very nervous.

    On another note, I once heard Rosie Perez on a talkshow say something like, “…you know, because I’m a diva…” and it made me cringe. Rosie is fortunate to be *working,* let alone reference herself as a diva.

  • Josh Emerson

    I think the term “diva” these days basically refers to a strong female voice in music. I don’t think age has anything to do with it and you don’t even have to be that popular, considering Adele is included and she hasn’t had that much success in the US.

    I’d say Simon was exaggerating a bit. It certainly helps the guy look better that he had full music and a big stage for his first audition. Lots of the past shows are vocal only.

  • Jae

    I believe “Diva” is just a nice word for Bitch. If you look at the women who have been called Diva’s I only can imagine them to be rather difficult to deal with on a daily basis. Don’t get me wrong Bitch isn’t the meaning it use to be,a s the young people are using more and more these days. But, it makes me wonder anyway

  • Nick

    I think Jae’s definition probably applies to R.Perez.

  • Kristen

    Not to be nit-picky, but Susan Boyle was on Britain’s Got Talent, not X Factor.

  • JBDragon

    I don’t think anyone is this current lineup should be called a DIVA. Really, if all you have to be is Female, that makes you a DIVA? I just think it’s now turned into DUMB. The only one I ever watched and I think really is a good so called DIVA lineup was with Mariah Carey, Gloria Estefan, Shania Twain, Aretha Franklin, and Carole King.

    Really 2 American Idle Winners and really the whole group pretty young. DIVA would be the list thing I would call them. Now there’s just throwing the word out there where is just looses it meaning. I could really care less with this so called NEW DIVA lineup.