When You're A Cat, Serious Television Can Be Tricky

When You're a Cat, Serious Television Can Be Tricky

Meet Nyaanya. This four-month-old kitten just made her Japanese TV debut. Better yet, her Japanese TV news debut. And as this four-legged friend is finding out, television sure ain't easy!

There are cameras you are supposed to pretend don't exist.

When You're a Cat, Serious Television Can Be Tricky

That's hard.

Previously, Kotaku introduced Shuukan News Shinsho (or, loosely, Weekly News Digest), a current affairs program with an American shorthair cat named Maago that wandered around the set and slept as important politicians discussed heated topics of the day.

Maago passed away not long ago, and the program now has a new "show idol" — four-month old Nyaanya.

When You're a Cat, Serious Television Can Be Tricky

This is Nyaanya.

When You're a Cat, Serious Television Can Be Tricky

Eating the news.

When You're a Cat, Serious Television Can Be Tricky
When You're a Cat, Serious Television Can Be Tricky

While Maago is sadly gone, he is not forgotten.

When You're a Cat, Serious Television Can Be Tricky

The show held a memorial for the cat at the TV Tokyo main office, with around 500 people paying their respects.

When You're a Cat, Serious Television Can Be Tricky

Shuukan News Shinsho deals with serious issues. This episode, for example, touched on relations between Japan and China. Having a cat, I think, takes the edge off such weighty issues, and perhaps gets guests to relax a bit.

When You're a Cat, Serious Television Can Be Tricky

Also, it beats simply watching talking heads defend their positions.

When You're a Cat, Serious Television Can Be Tricky

Nyaanya, who was rescued from a factory dumpster, is friskier than the relaxed Maago. That's expected, though, for a four-month-old curious kitten. The show lets her wander about during the broadcast, and like Maago, she does what she pleases.

When You're a Cat, Serious Television Can Be Tricky

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    That is really cool. That kitten will have a great life.

    I think its awesome that the guests interact with her and dont ignore her

    Im just picturing an episode where there is a heated debate from two sides of the argument, and she only goes up to one of the participants for the whole show for a pat - instantly killing the other persons likeability and argument

    This cat could be very influential

      I love how casual the guests are about it too; like it's normal to be stroking a cat while debating heated political issues =)

        Also helps with the Bond villain / Dr Evil look.

    Further proof that everything good is only made better with the addition of a cat.

    Q&A and Insiders would become immediately 100 x less tedious.

      Reckon the Bolt Report needs a tiger.

      And Andrew Bolt needs a deer hat.

        "Oh no, sorry Andrew, I just tripped and all these roast meat juices went all over you! C'mere, Tiges'll clean you up."

    Why hasn't anyone thought of this before? Have they? This should be a thing in talk shows now.

    As a cat owner, I have to wonder what they do when the cat is sitting on the desk and decides to lift its leg and lick itself on air?

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