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SESAME STREET: Heidi Klum, Jack Black & Elmo 2.0

By Jackie Burrell
Tuesday, July 15th, 2008 at 12:26 pm in TV.

oscar the grouch As Ernie, Bert and the rest of the Sesame Street gang gear up for a new season — featuring celebs Jack Black, Heidi Klum, Kim Catrall and David Beckham, Indiana Jones spoofs, “Pre-School Musical” and “Are You Smarter Than an Egg Layer?” — the suits behind the legendary 39-year-old television show have turned their attention to something rather different: their web presence.

Sesame Workshop hopes to compete with the likes of Disney and Nickelodeon‘s splashy online sites when it launches its new and very splashy web site on Aug. 11. We’ll take a peek when it goes live, but we hear the new site will include live-action educational Muppet videos and daily playlists of videos and games linked to the day’s theme, whether it’s the number 3 or the difficulty in being green. According to the New York Times, the site’s content will include …

3,000 videos and hundreds of games, a “favorites” area, and a PlaySafe feature so kids can’t accidentally stray from the “Sesame Street” site. (Hmm, seems to us like a feature every site would love to have. Um, no, you can’t go look at anything but aParently Speaking. Ever. Hi there.)

We’re eager to see it for ourselves, both the new site and the new season. We still have fond memories of watching Susan Sarandon out on a date with the Count. Can’t wait to see Kim Catrall‘s take on “Word on the Street”! We’re betting it’s “fabulous.”

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