Kiwifruit (TV series)
|Country of origin||New Zealand|
|No. of episodes||50|
|Running time||25 minutes|
|Original release||2005 – 2006|
The show was commissioned for an original 10 episode run in 2005, to find a replacement to long-time running QueerNation, which was coming to an end. It was set to compete with The OUTHouse. After showing both The OutHouse and Kiwifruit, it was decided that Kiwifruit would get the 40 episode contract.
When the program started airing in 2005, it was met with negative feedback from the gay community. This was confirmed when in a NZ on Air commissioned GLBT survey found that 70% of the respondents disliked the show. Some of the respondents found the show shallow, superficial and offensive.
Presenter Amanda Rees responded to the report, saying "We think that their criticism of the show being ‘lightweight’ was appropriate for the episode or two that screened around the time of the research." She also said that they receive a lot of positive feedback regarding the show, and when covering serious issues they get lower ratings than normal.
The show was renewed for a further series in 2006.