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Posted: Saturday, December 25, 2010 9:00 am | Updated: 1:35 am, Mon Jan 10, 2011.

It'll be a Jersey kind of night around MTV.

We've got hot-as-a-pistol Snooki from MTV's "Jersey Shore" dropping the ball from Times Square, ushering in 2011. The petite reality TV star, complete with her signature hair bump, will be working the "New Years Bash" (starting 10:30 p.m. Friday, MTV), along with a bevy of comedians and hot musical acts and participating in the channel's own ball drop as midnight approaches.

Fellow "Jersey Shore" cast mate Pauly D will serve as the house deejay. Hip hop sensation Flo Rida will perform two songs, including his smash hit single "Club Can't Handle Me."

Other members of the cast of "Jersey Shore" will work the Times Square crowd to set the Guinness World Record for the most people fist pumping.

That's just half the evening.

The rest of the proceedings will go to host Whitney Cummings, best known for her acid tongue on those Comedy Central roasts. She will headline the special, live from the MTV studios in New York City. She'll take a look back at major pop culture events of the year.

Her guests include "Saturday Night Live's" Bobby Moynihan, comedian Nick Kroll, Internet sensation Keenan Cahill, "Pretty Little Liars" cast members Ashley Benson, Troian Bellisario and Shay Mitchell.

"MTV is looking to redefine the concept of the traditional New Year's Eve broadcast," said Steve Tseckares, senior vice president of special programming and production for MTV.

"This year's show will push boundaries and provide fans with a diversified content experience that fuses comedy, music and pop culture."

Other highlights for the week of Dec. 26 to Jan. 1. All times Eastern. Listings subject to change. Check local listings:

SUNDAY: "The Sound of Music" (7 p.m. ABC). Restored to its original length, this classic, for those of you who are too young and never saw it before, is kind of like "The Brady Bunch" set to really classy music.

MONDAY: "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" (8 p.m. ABC). This is a remake of "Willie Wonka and The Chocolate Factory." It has Johnny Depp, four bratty kids and lots of chocolate. In other words, the perfect movie.

WEDNESDAY: "Undercovers" (8 p.m. NBC). A rare original episode (for any series this week) has Steven and Samantha putting off a romantic holiday in Greece to handle a bomber.

THURSDAY: "When Harvey Met Bob" (9 p.m. BBC America). How did Live Aid, one of the most successful benefits of all time, come together? This dramatization builds up to how it happened with two colorful personalities -- Bob Geldoff and Harvey Goldsmith -- at the helm.

FRIDAY: "Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve" (11:30 p.m. ABC). The word "rockin'" and the names "Ryan Seacrest" and "Dick Clark" are a little, uh, weird. However, the celebration will go on, with Fergie (the pop star, not the royalty) in tow.

-- "New Year's Eve with Carson Daly" (11:30 p.m. NBC). The late-night talk show host will bring his own sensibilities to the welcoming of 2011.

  • "New Year's Coverage" (11 p.m. CNN). Some years, this is the best train wreck on TV: Anderson Cooper with Kathy Griffin, live in Times Square.
  • "New Year's Live" (11 p.m. Fox). Nancy O'Dell is the ringleader here. Her guests include pop star David Archuleta.

SATURDAY: "One Tree Hill" marathon (9 a.m. SoapNet). Eight hours of episodes from the teen soap are played out.

  • "The 122nd Tournament of Roses Parade" (11 a.m. NBC). Al Roker and Shaun Robinson host the live event from Pasadena, Calif.
  • "Candice Tells All" (8 p.m. HGTV). Designer Candice Olson reveals her process in this new series.
  • "Primeval" (9 p.m. BBC America). England and the United States are sharing a lot of programming content these days, with debuts occurring here and there at the same time. This sci-fi adventure is the latest. The new season begins, with the story picking up a year after the past season ended.

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