Diane Werts writes about television for Newsday. Werts previously was the founding editor of Newsday's trend-spotting magazine TV
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THE END.< But there's a lot to watch before the series finale of "Fringe" (Friday 8-10 p.m., Fox/5). Start with Saturday's all-day cable marathon (11:30 a.m.- 11 p.m., then the series restarts with the pilot 11 p.m.-2 a.m., Science). And if the finale lights your fire, return the following Sunday, Jan. 20, for another 6 a.m.-2 a.m. Science run. Video at sciencechannel.com/fringe.
DOG DIVING! Be there for the "Incredible Dog Challenge" (Saturday at 5 p.m., NBC/4), as canines compete in hurdles, flying discs, pole racing and their own version of the big bull riding finale -- dog diving. Catch the new world record of 32 feet, 3 inches! ("SportsCenter" did.) More at barknetwork.com.
HAVE YOU GOT A TV SHOW? Get with it, people -- everyone else in the New York area has their own already. Such as the new "Staten Island Law" (Saturday night at 9, OWN), about female mediators, and "Food Factory" (Monday at 10 p.m., Destination America), where Long Islander, Jump the Shark creator and Howard Stern mainstay Jon Hein explains bubble gum, soda pop and more. Starting yet another season: "The Barefoot Contessa" (Saturday 11 a.m., Food), with East End foodies Ina and Jeffrey Garten. "Factory" details at jonhein.com.
MORE CELEBREALITY. At least these sound intriguing. "Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unusual" (Saturday night at 9, WE) tracks the wacky popster through the Kentucky Derby, "The Voice," lunch with Kathy Griffin, and more. "Pete Rose: Hits & Mrs." (Monday at 10 p.m., TLC) swings with baseball's hit king and his fiancee, former Playboy model Kiana Kim, and their blended family. Sneak peeks at wetv.com/cyndi and tlc.com.
HISTORY NIBBLES. The past presents itself in nuggets. This week's countdowns/roundups include "101 Objects That Changed the World" (Saturday night at 10, H2) and "The Ultimate Guide to the Presidents" (Tuesday-Friday 9-11 p.m., History). Check out history.com.
AWARDS ALERT. Now the awards season starts in earnest. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler host this year's big Oscar precursor, the 70th "Golden Globe Awards" (Sunday at 8 p.m., NBC/4), which also presents tube trophies. Red carpet coverage at 6 p.m. on E! and "First Look," live on Ch. 4., also at 6 p.m. After-party at 11 p.m. on E! Nominees at nbc.com/goldenglobes.
SUNDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN! It's not wrestling, except for ratings. Or should we say, subscribers, as HBO and Showtime go head-to-head with returning series. It's Lena Dunham's "Girls" and Laura Dern's "Enlightened" (Sunday at 9 and 9:30 p.m., HBO) vs. William H. Macy in "Shameless," Don Cheadle in "House of Lies" and David Duchovny in "Californication" (Sunday at 9, 10 and 10:30 p.m., Showtime). Plenty to watch at hbo.com and sho.com.
SILLY STUFF. After the return of "Workaholics" comes the new "Kroll Show" (Wednesday at 10:30 p.m., Comedy Central), showcasing Nick Kroll's sketch comedy. Famous film nerds Robert Carradine and Curtis Armstrong host the new competition "King of the Nerds" (Thursday at 10 p.m., TBS), judged by the likes of George Takei and Kevin Smith. And FX loads up on fresh Thursday funny. A 4-9 p.m. marathon of Charlie Sheen's first season leads into the Season 2 start of "Anger Management" (Thursday 9-10 p.m.), followed by Season 4 of "Archer" (10 p.m.), comic Jim Jefferies' new scripted saga "Legit" (10:30 p.m.), and W. Kamau Bell's topical "Totally Biased" (11 p.m., all on FX). Nerddom galore at tbs.com/shows/king-of-the-nerds.