February 18, 2000 at 05:00 AM EST

FRIENDLY GESTURE Could this be a sign? While rumors fly about the future of the NBC sitcom Friends, Jennifer Aniston is taking a step in a different direction, signing on to do an interactive TV series on the teen-oriented VOXXY Interactive Network (http://www.voxxy.com). The Web show, set to debut along with the channel in April, will feature Aniston in 13 half-hour segments talking openly with young girls about personal and social issues. The episodes will also offer live chats with Aniston and her guests and will be streamed on the Web. “I’m looking forward to getting to say the things I can’t say on network television,” says Aniston. Still, we know one way to get teen girls’ attention: Have the star bring her boyfriend.

STAIN FIGHTER Information superhighway, meet a messy little superhero. Sleepy Hollow director Tim Burton and shockwave.com have announced plans to develop animated shorts for the Web, giving creations like Stainboy (from Burton’s book The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories) their digital due this spring. “I’ve had some characters floating around that I didn’t know what to do with that this medium seemed perfect for,” says Burton, who gets full artistic control. “It’s great to be able to try an idea without having to go through a hundred painful meetings.” Not that Stainboy would’ve made the cut at the studios anyway. “He’s a very minimal superhero,” says Burton. “I think the two- to-three-minute format is all he can handle.”

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