MTV Canada To Welcome 2011 With Snooki Ball Drop

Canadian channel to air Jersey Shore star's ball drop steered away from Manhattan's Times Square.

TORONTO – Canadians will get to watch Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi drop out of a ball on New Year’s Eve – just not in Times Square.

MTV in Canada is to show the Jersey Shore’s star drop in a hamster-like ball in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, as part of MTV U.S.'s New Year's Eve coverage Friday.

The U.S. channel was earlier denied a permit to perform the ball drop stunt with the reality TV star in Times Square.

MTV Canada-parent CTVglobemedia said it will use the attention paid to Snooki's midnight ball drop to also air sneak peeks of new episodes of Jersey Shore -- Canada's top-rated cable TV show -- that kick off January 6.

Canadians will also get a look-in on the traditional ball drop and big crowds in Times Square, where Snooki is apparently verboten, thanks to live coverage on CNN and ABC’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve special.

Meanwhile, Entertainment Tonight Canada is to air its New Year's Eve at Niagara Falls special on Global Television, while rival Citytv will air a live New Year’s bash from in front of City Hall in Toronto.

Elsewhere, the CBC’s English language network will air the year-end comedy special Air Farce’s New Year’s Eve, with a look-back at top Canadian celebrities of 2010, including Justin Bieber and Celine Dion having twins.

And Radio-Canada, the country’s French language public broadcaster, has brought back Veronique Cloutier and Louis Morissette as co-producers of its annual top-rated Bye Bye 2010 New Year’s Eve sketch show. Their 2008 Bye Bye show caused a flap when satirical comics suggested all black people look alike and that newly elected U.S. president Barack Obama may be easy to assassinate because his black skin stood out against the White House backdrop.