Kim Kardashian and her famous family continue to captivate North American fans with their reality show hijinks on “Keeping Up With the Kardashians”, but TV viewers in Iceland appear to have far more interest in the feline stars of “Keeping Up With the Kattarshians”.
The series from Icelandic channel Nutiminn follows a quartet of kittens — Guðni, Ronja, Briet, and Stubbu — during the course of their not-so-hectic lives, which includes plenty of sleeping, purring and not much else as they hang out in a dollhouse equipped with cat-sized bunkbeds.
“It’s fun when they go crazy and ruin the house, but it’s also calming to watch them sleep. It’s good for the soul. There’s so much bad news we read about in the media, and terrible things are happening in the world, so it’s nice to sit there and relax and watch the kittens,” the show’s producer, Inga Lind Karlsdóttir, told VICE. “At the beginning we got so many complaints about how much the kittens were sleeping — they’re always sleeping! I thought there was something wrong with the camera, but actually kittens just sleep a lot.”
There’s some good news, bad news for viewers, as all four of the kittens — all rescue cats — have been adopted, so casting is underway for a new batch of kittens.
According to Karlsdóttir, TV networks were understandably dubious about the show, but it’s proven to be a big hit with viewers. “It took about a year to put together, because we wanted all the animal welfare authorities to approve it,” she added. “And here we are, a year later, with the first reality TV show starring kittens. All the people who were laughing then aren’t laughing now.”
As the above clip demonstrates, what “Keeping Up With the Kattarshians” lacks in excitement it makes up for with the cuteness of sleeping kittens.