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Earlier this week, The CW announced it will air the internet sensation "Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog" as a TV special this October.

The musical was created by Joss Whedon and his brother Jed a few years ago during the writers' strike in Hollywood. Cheap to produce, it starred Neil Patrick Harris as the titular supervillain, who in reality is really just a nice, lonely guy yearning for the pretty girl he meets at the laundry mat, Penny (Felicia Day).

Unfortunately, Dr. Horrible's tormentor, Capt. Hammer (Nathan Fillion), also is interested in Penny, and even though he's the city's superhero, he's also a complete jerk.

"Dr. Horrible" was an internet sensation, winning all sorts of online awards. Day took park in an authorized sing-along at DragonCon, just up the road in Atlanta.

In addition to Whedon, the creator of "Buffy," "Angel," "Firefly," et. al. being involved, the special was steeped in geekness. Fillion, of course, was the star of "Firefly" and later provided the voice of Green Lantern in a direct-to-video movie. Simon Helberg, one of the stars of "The Big Bang Theory," played Dr. Horrible's henchman, Moist.

But Day was the one to really emerge from the video as a geek goddess. Though she had a small role as one of the potential slayers in the final season of "Buffy," Day has gone on to create the hit online series "The Guild," about a group of online role players. She also guest starred in arguably the best episode of "Supernatural" this season, playing, coincidentally enough, a geek. Day, who incidentally was born in Huntsville, Ala., one of the homes of the US Space Program, also wrote the online series "Dragon Age: Redemption."

For we who like all things sci-fi and fantasy, we're living in age of geek goddesses -- beautiful women who can fluently converse in things ranging from gaming to "Doctor Who."

During the BBC America broadcast last week of "The Nerdist," Aisha Tyler -- Lana on "Archer" -- went head-to-head with host Chris Hardwick playing video games, and she's been a guest of his on the show before.

Whedon, who perhaps cemented himself as King of the Geeks this summer with his triumphant "Avengers" movie, also helped introduce another geek goddess in Amber Benson, who played Tara on "Buffy." Benson's credentials include co-creating the novels and animation series "Ghosts of Albion" and guest starring in a few episodes of "Supernatural."

In our tech-obsessed world, being a geek is suddenly the new cool, and pop culture is changing to reflect that.

WEEKEND'S BEST BETS: The Olympics continue through the weekend on NBC and its cable outlets.

There's a new episode of "Common Law" tonight (USA, 10 p.m.) as the new series winds down its first season.

On Saturday, more geek-positive stuff as BBC America airs the special "The Science of Doctor Who" at 9 p.m., followed by a new "Nerdist" at 10 p.m.

Also new on Saturday are two episodes of "NYC 22" from 8-10 p.m., while Fox airs a UFC special.

On Sunday, there's plenty to watch as TNT airs "Leverage," "Falling Skies" and "The Great Escape" from 8-11 p.m. after a week's hiatus.

HBO has a new "True Blood" and "The Newsroom" from 9-11 p.m., while Showtime has "Weeds" and "Episodes" from 10-11 p.m.

A&E delivers new installments of "The Glades" and "Longmire" from 9-11 p.m., while USA continues with the miniseries "Political Animals" at 10 p.m.

But, as usual, the pick of the night is TV's best show, "Breaking Bad" (AMC, 10 p.m.)

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