Ellen DeGeneres Working Overtime As Oscars Near

Ellen DeGeneres is surely a front-runner in the race for the hardest-working-woman-in-showbiz trophy this month.

Even with the March 2 Oscarcast approaching, DeGeneres has kept up a busy production schedule on her daily syndicated talkshow, which shoots on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank.

Warners would undoubtedly have given her a little slack on her taping schedule given the promotional value of the Oscar spotlight for her daytime show, now in its 11th year.

But no. DeGeneres banked six episodes last week and is scheduled to tape two today before taking the rest of the week off to prepare for that other show.

On the morning of March 3, she’s going the extra mile after her long Sunday workday by hosting a rare live episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” that will beam out from her Burbank stage in the ayem. (Some stations will likely air it on tape delay depending on the timeslot.)

The following day, March 4, DeGeneres will tape two more shows. And then she’ll take the rest of the week off.

DeGeneres may have a little extra motivation coming from the fact that her talker is having its strongest season ever, averaging about 4 million viewers a week for the season-to-date. She’s tied with “Dr. Phil” for the No. 1 spot among talkers in the women 18-49 and women 25-54 demographics.

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