Coney Reyes on Camera

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Coney Reyes on Camera
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Genre Drama, Anthology
Created by CAN Television and Productions and TAPE Inc.
Directed by Mario O'Hara
Argel Joseph
etc.
Starring Coney Reyes
Opening theme "It's My Turn" instrumentals (even ending)
Country of origin Philippines
No. of episodes n/a
Production
Executive producer(s) Ellen Rodriguez
Producer(s) Constancia Angeline Nubla
Running time 2 hours (1989–1996)
1 hour and 30 minutes (1984–1989; 1996–1998)
Release
Original network RPN (1984-1989)
ABS-CBN (1989-1998)
Picture format 480i SDTV
Original release May 19, 1984 (1984-05-19) – December 26, 1998 (1998-12-26)

Coney Reyes on Camera was a weekly drama anthology that aired from 1984 to 1998 in 2 networks (ABS-CBN and RPN) and became the longest running drama anthology in Philippine TV history until ABS-CBN's Maalaala Mo Kaya broke the record in 2011. Coney Reyes was the host, lead star, actress and producer.

Overview[edit]

The drama anthology stars Coney herself. Aside from her, actresses who alternate to play protagonist/central role for some episodes are Jaclyn Jose and Gina Alajar (two of the most respectable award-winning actresses).

In her program's episodes, Coney had been working with major celebrities such as Vic Sotto, Vilma Santos, Helen Vela, Aiza Seguerra, German Moreno, Aga Muhlach and Judy Ann Santos, among others. Kris Aquino (daughter of the late and former President Corazon Aquino), and Michelle van Eimeren (Miss Australia Universe 1994), also appeared on the show in separate episodes. One of the most unforgettable episodes was the reunion episode with Vilma Santos and Tina Revilla Valencia in 1994 as a special tribute to the late Helen Vela.

The roots of Coney's drama anthology was the Coney Reyes-Mumar Drama Studio, produced by Eddie Ilarde's Program Philippines and aired every Saturday on GMA after the hit noontime variety show Student Canteen (also produced by Program Philippines), where Coney was a co-host. However, in 1982, Coney moved to Student Canteen's rival show Eat Bulaga!, then airing on RPN. Drama Studio continued with former beauty queen Chat Silayan (deceased) as its main star. Silayan, along with Chiqui Hollmann, also replaced Coney on Canteen.

In 1984, Coney was given a new drama anthology on RPN, originally entitled Coney Reyes-Mumar On The Set premiered on May 19, 1984. It aired right after Eat Bulaga! on Saturdays, and was first produced by BSH Productions. She later took over production of the show when she put up CAN Television ("CAN" was derived from Coney's real name, Constancia Angeline Nubla, under which she was credited as the show's producer). It was then retitled Coney Reyes On Camera (with the last name "Mumar" dropped after her estrangement with then-husband Larry Mumar).

After the sequestration of RPN on September 16, 1989 (which would later became CNN Philippines), the show, along with Eat Bulaga! and Agila (both produced by TAPE), moved to ABS-CBN on September 23. But despite the exit of Eat Bulaga! to GMA Network in 1995, Coney began to fully produce the show through the network's production unit, where it remained on ABS-CBN until its timeslot was taken by Gimik, a teen-oriented drama series.

The show aired its final episode on December 26, 1998. It was reaired on ZOE TV Channel 11 (now GMA News TV) from 2002 to 2003.

Trivia[edit]

  • The show's theme is "It's My Turn," performed by Diana Ross.
  • In its latter years, the show ended with a Biblical quotation of relevance to the episode.
  • In the show's latter years, Coney stopped acting in the show and only did the opening and closing segments.
  • The show won the "Best Drama Anthology" award from the Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) Star Awards for Television three times.
  • The show had competition with Lovingly Yours, Helen of GMA Network.

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