Avid viewers of NBC’s Late Night with Conan O’Brien will recall Pale Force, a series of animated shorts introduced by comedian Jim Gaffigan, a regular guest on the talk show. Now the network has ordered 20 new 90-second episodes to debut Thursday nights on Late Night before being posted at NBC.com on Fridays, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Originally intended to play into O’Brien’s self-deprecating sense of humor, Pale Force features Gaffigan as brawny superhero Pale Man, who battles villains with the help of his puny, cowardly sidekick, Conan. The dynamic duo foils the evil plans of arch nemesis Lady Bronze by exposing their blindingly white chests and shooting lasers out of their nipples.
The first Pale Force episode debuted on Late Night in September of 2005 and spawned two follow-up installments. Animated by cartoonist Paul Noth, the shorts have built a cult following, popping up on a number of video web sites including YouTube.com and CollegeHumor.com. They’re also available at JimGaffigan.com.
NBC will also make the new shorts available on mobile phones. Sprint subscribers will be able to view them free of charge a full week before they debut on Late Night and NBC.com.