Hoboken, our new best friend, refuses to let Snooki, JWoww’s show film there

A Jersey Shore spin-off starring Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Jenni “JWoww” Farley is supposed to start filming this month, but Hoboken, New Jersey, has denied 495 Productions a filming permit, protecting the rest of the country by at least delaying their return to the attention of cameras.

City of Hoboken’s film commission denied the permit Monday, calling the production “an attractive nuisance” and noting that a “proposed 24-hour filming permit would violate” a rule against “filming after 11:00pm in a residential area.” It also says that filming people whose whereabouts would be known by fans would be “making crowd and traffic control impossible” and affect residents, “unnecessarily degrading their quality of life.” The Jersey Journal published the letter from the film commission.

Might the show try to film there anyway? A letter from mayor Dawn Zimmer [PDF] says the city was “extremely surprised to learn … that 495 Productions filmed in public areas without a required film permit in one location,” and citing the community’s past “significant corruption,” says that “there will be zero tolererance for this kind of approach.” It adds, “Any attempts to film in a manner that is not permitted without a permit will be dealt with immediately and aggressively by the city of Hoboken.”

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.