For all the traditions and gimmicks of TV news and talk programs that they've mocked on "The Daily Show," there's one they still hold sacred: Keep the guest seated going into the commercial after the interview.
How many times have we seen Jon Stewart awkwardly try to keep a guest seated after saying goodbye? How many times have you seen this on other talk shows? What does this have to do with DVR design?
The business model of commercial TV is selling eyeballs for commercials. Now pushing sixty years, though still strong, this model is constantly under attack from technically innovative devices. The illusion that the guests are staying to watch the commercials suggests that you the viewer should also stick around.
In the era of the DVR, this tradition may seem quaint, yet statistically it might actually reduce the number of people who grab the remote to fast-forward. It would make an interesting study. Meanwhile, professional talk show producers appear to already be confident of the outcome. After all, the DVR may be just a decade old, but the phrase, "Don't touch that dial!" has been around a lot longer.