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American reality television is having a rough summer reputation-wise, what with the failed Bachelor pairings and the creepy wifely subservience and the repellent allegations of sexual abuse of children. Maybe our camera crews should try for a wholesome reboot and set up shop in a nice spot in the country with a full complement of Nazis.

American TV execs should try learning something from Czech public broadcaster Ceska Televize’s Dovolená v Protektorátu, or Holiday in the Protectorate. This eight-episode series is set in a simpler time and place, namely “the Czech-ethnic Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, areas of the present-day Czech Republic then ruled by a puppet government established by the Nazis.”

In a remote mountainside village, a frightened Czech family struggles under the privations of Nazi occupation, with food rationed and Gestapo spies everywhere, as German soldiers patrol the streets.

The scene is not a costume drama, but the first episode of a controversial new Czech reality show that features a modern-day family living among actors who play Nazi soldiers and the hamlet’s other residents, in an attempt to recreate life under the Nazis during World War II.

Three generations of a Czech family spent about two months under fake Nazi rule during the show’s taping last summer. The series is set to finish airing in June, so the world hasn’t yet learned if they made it through the “paltry rations, German soldiers, Gestapo interrogations, blackmailers, and Allied bombing raids” to win the prize of ONE MILLION CZECH KORUNA (around $40,000).

a visitor

We imagine that the Czech people who actually lived in the Protectorate with the real Nazis would have appreciated a wheelbarrow full of money for surviving, but they were probably feeling lucky if their villages weren’t destroyed, with their young males murdered outright and everyone else shipped off to the camps.

Some people who don’t understand the television industry at all are complaining that the series is tasteless, a charge denied by its director, who claims she has great reverence for the suffering of Czech people under Hitler’s rule and had historians and a psychologist on board to make sure the participants weren’t harmed by her creative reinterpretation of the Stanford Prison Experiment:

“I spent a long time looking for a concept that would allow me to show life in another era, while ensuring the highest level of authenticity,” said director Zora Cejnkova.

Unsurprisingly the concept has stirred angry reactions far beyond the Czech Republic, even by the standards of a television genre rarely noted for its cultural sensitivity.

“Fortunately for the family, they will not be treated like the 82,309 Jews who lived in the Protectorate and were deported by the Nazis to concentration and death camps, or were killed by Czech collaborators,” one columnist in the Times of Israel wrote.

“Critics ask whether ‘Big Brother Auschwitz’ is next,” read a wry subheading to the column online.

Around 360,000 Czechs and Slovaks perished during World War II.

Reality television continues its death spiral into the deepest depths of the human experience. If Holiday in the Protectorate turns out to be a hit, we’ll be expecting more exciting WWII-inspired shows rushed into production. Survivor: Kristallnachthere we come.

[ AFP /Variety / Hollywood Reporter ]

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  • Me not sure

    “Attention Campers : At the craft shed at Ten AM we will be exploring things you can make with human hair. Sign up during breakfast.”

  • Callyson
  • ryp

    Hey, how about a sit-com set in a Nazi run POW camp, with hilarious hi-jinx every time the Gestapo stops by for an inspection.

    • Tess

      Wasn’t that called Hogan’s Heroes?

      • glasspusher

        Hoagies = Heroes

      • ryp

        I worked with a German guy in the early 90s who was in the US for a few months on a job. He’d been a little kid during WW2. When I first told him bout Hogan’s Heroes he refused to believe i wasn’t pulling his leg.

        • Billy Rubin

          It finally made it over to Germany in the early 90’s, under the title “Ein Käfig voller Helden” (“A Cage full of Heroes”.) They had to rewrite a lot of the dialog to make sure the characters were extra bufoonish, so that audiences would understand it was a farce. Yeah.

  • Anarchy Pony

    Something tells me the lack of a threat of summary execution is really going to fail to capture the atmosphere of fear and despair.

    • Me not sure

      Shoot the producers first.

      • glasspusher

        I think the first episode, just shoot the producers in the kneecaps: hilarity ensues.

        • Me not sure

          I’m tittering right now.

          • Toomush_Infer

            Pics or GTFO….

      • Lady Bug

        Too bad Zero Mostel is dead.

        • Me not sure

          Just another blacklisted leftie performer. Have you seen “The Front”? Nice film.

    • ThePuckStopsHere

      Threatening them with having to watch a Rick Perry speech on the other hand, might.

  • I think we should put everyone who’s ever screamed Obama was a nazi through this. See if they spot the difference.

    • ohpaleasegivemeabreak

      Rational thought – I like it.

      • Vecciojohn

        It’ll never catch on.

  • cousin itt

    We’re just a couple of wild aaaand craaaaazy Nazis!

  • darnyoudarnyoutoheck

    I don’t want to live on this planet any more. Is there a better one near by?

    • glasspusher

      The restaurants on Pluto- great food, but no atmosphere.

      • Lot_49

        Now now, we all know Pluto isn’t a planet anymore. Quit trying to sneak it in.

        • glasspusher

          Dr DeGrasse Tyson, I know it’s you!

          • Lot_49

            I wish. Before looking him up I was imagining all the action a brilliant, handsome, funny, charming teevee star physicist must get:

            “Tyson lives in Lower Manhattan with his wife Alice Young. They have two children: Miranda and Travis. He met his wife in a physics class at the University of Texas at Austin. They married in 1988 and named their first child Miranda after the smallest of Uranus’ five major moons. Tyson is a fine-wine enthusiast whose collection was featured in the May 2000 issue of the Wine Spectator and the Spring 2005 issue of The World of Fine Wine.”

          • glasspusher

            “Wine Spectator”? What do they do? Watch people drink wine? That’s me. Never liked the stuff- for me, it’s just unoxidized vinegar.

          • Lot_49

            Oh my, the pleasures you’re denying yourself.

          • glasspusher

            not at all. I enjoy vinegar all the time, except for that horrid creation, balsamic…

          • Celtic_Gnome

            He also won a national ballroom dancing competition when he was a senior in college.

      • Zyxomma
        • glasspusher

          I know- way cool!

          • bobbert

            Damn, I like good engineering.

    • Mehmeisterjr

      Mercury is a bit on the warm side but still less Hellish than Arkansas.

      • glasspusher

        More of a dry heat, agreed- and there’s water at the poles! What’s not to love?

        • Dudleydidwrong

          The Poles are OK. It’s the Czechs that we want to get away from.

  • glasspusher

    We like Poles, and also accept Czechs.

    • Vecciojohn

      And just how is this German(e).

      • glasspusher

        This is germane.

        • Vecciojohn

          Well, okay then. But no Irish!

      • Jaime Oria

        Well, if we’re discussing those portions of Eastern Europe occupied by the Nazis, then (Marshal) Tito is equally Jermaine…

    • mtn_philosoph

      Theme song: Bohemian Captivity

  • glasspusher

    I’m tiring of all the “incredibly poor taste TV” deniers. Thanks for bringing this to light (again)

  • Vecciojohn

    Next on Fox: “Sold Down the River.” You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll want to claw your eyes out like old Oedipus, when we take a modern day African American family . . .

    • Blank Ron

      Betcha a cookie someone already pitched this – and that they had to THINK about whether it was a good idea or not.

      • Vecciojohn

        Yeah, there’s really no such thing as parody anymore.

      • Lady Bug

        Wait…it’s a bad idea?!
        *Note to self: do NOT send “The Real House(slaves) of Dixie” to Fox.
        *Note to self part II: Maybe try TLC?

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      And the spinoff, “Trail of Tears 2015”

  • Mehmeisterjr

    How about a reality show in which a large number of children, a quiverfull, if you like, are forced to live with their batshit crazy parents and a skeevy brother who, oh wait, it’s been done.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      Yecch. Who would watch that shit?

      • Charles Wolf

        Really big families.

  • Mehmeisterjr

    Say, you know who else got Czech citizens to live under a Nazi “Protectorate?”

    • glasspusher

      Kaiser Permanente?

      • calliecallie

        Kaiser Sose?

        • H0mer0

          Kevin Spacey?

          • ThePuckStopsHere

            The Daleks?

    • Me not sure

      Joe Arpaio?

    • Msgr_Moment

      Neville Chamberlain? Whaaaaat?! Too soon?

    • Latverian Diplomat

      The European Central Bank?

    • HogeyeGrex

      The IMF?

  • Me not sure

    OT : President Obama declared Texas a disaster area this this morning. Why was he so late getting the memo?

    • glasspusher

      Unlike some other presidents, he’s been out of touch, not clearing brush on his ranch every other month.

    • Toomush_Infer

      Begging gets better the longer you wait…

      • Me not sure

        “How about a little change fer my jar, pardner? I ain’t like them Jersey grifters.

        • Vecciojohn

          Yeah, I gotcher change right here, Tex. Rock out wicha cock out!

      • glasspusher

        yeah, the missus uses that trick on me all the time

  • glasspusher

    It’s nice seeing Beth covering the tough subjects that her baseball playing brother Andre is avoiding.

  • SnarkOff

    Say, you know who else sent Czech families to Nazi camps?

    • Msgr_Moment

      Reichsprotektor Reinhart Heydrich?

  • Vecciojohn

    Wait a minute, isn’t this a remake of an old Ronald Reagan movie?

    • Me not sure

      “Bonzo Goes to Bergen-Belsen?”

      • ThePuckStopsHere

        I would be perfectly fine with this being the 5th prexy image carved into Mt. Rushmore as long as they left the monkey in. Before he became a pathetic idiot, Dennis Miller once suggest RR was unsuitable for Mt. Rushmore as granite was not a dense enough material to use to accurately depict him.

        • Me not sure

          When you say monkey, which one are you referring to?

          • nmmagyar

            AOT, K

          • Me not sure

            The ape didn’t come back for the sequel.

          • nmmagyar

            I heard Bonzo said: “It’s him or me” and the studio went with the better actor.

          • Me not sure

            Reagan made an indie…

        • BackDoorMan

          … I wonder who wrote that line for Dennis (rhymes with dumass) Miller? I’m pretty sure he was only ever funny when reciting something an actual humourist wrote.

      • alwayspunkindrublic

        The Ramones beat you to it with “Bonzo Goes To Bitburg”. And look what happened to them!

        • Me not sure

          Rock in peace.

  • ManchuCandidate

    Survivor: Sudetenland

  • Joshua Norton

    actors who play Nazi soldiers

    Been there, done that.

  • Metadude

    You know who *else* sent families to concentration camps?

    • Toomush_Infer

      my parents…oh, that was just summer bible camp, sorry….(what was the difference again?)…

      • Vecciojohn

        No boring sermons and less child abuse.

    • Vecciojohn

      Concentration camps, concentration camps, hmmm. Can I have a hint?

      • Blank Ron

        It starts with ‘O-‘ and ends with ‘-bama.’

        • Vecciojohn

          Oh, I remember. Hillary!

          • Anarchy Pony

            Hitlery.

    • Msgr_Moment

      Parents with ADHD kids?

    • Latverian Diplomat

      The makers of frozen orange juice?

    • bozilingus

      Will a FEMA Camp help you to concentrate?

    • Jaime Oria

      Queen Victoria’s armed forces during the Boer War?

    • The U.S. government, if you made the poor decision to be Japanese-American during WWII?

  • Bitter Scribe

    Why couldn’t they just relocate to Slovakia?

  • Toomush_Infer

    Next: follow a group of Wiccans to Salt Lake City under the tutelage of Brigham Young in a reality series called “Last of the Morwiccans!!!!”…

    • Vecciojohn

      That would totally sell. I’m not kidding. You need to get an agent right away.

      • Toomush_Infer

        thx…it’s yours….

  • Lot_49

    Well it’s less incomprehensible than Norwegian slow teevee:

    http://www.lifeinnorway.net/2014/04/norway-slow-tv

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    Why the angst? We covered all this ground, very tastefully, in Hogan’s Heroes.

    • Bitter Scribe

      You know what’s funny, in a not-funny sort of way, about Hogan’s Heroes?

      1) Warner Klemperer, the guy who played Commandant Klink, was Jewish, and his family had to skedaddle out of Austria to get away from Hitler. (His father was a prominent orchestra conductor.)

      2) Robert Clary, the guy who played the camp’s Frenchman, was also Jewish, and when he was a kid, he was actually locked up at Auschwitz. I learned this when he gave a talk at a local high school about his war experiences. When one of the kids asked him, given your background, how could you be on a TV show that portrayed the Nazis as harmless clowns, he shrugged and basically said, Eh, it was a job.

      • Vecciojohn

        There’s no shrug like a Gaulic shrug.

        • Msgr_Moment

          Abelard shrugged

          • nmmagyar

            Harkonnen?

      • Latverian Diplomat

        Here’s what Klemperer had to say about it (from his NYT obituary):

        ”The show was never intended to be viewed in a serious light,” he said in 1999. ”Whenever anyone tries to overanalyze ‘Hogan’s Heroes’ I merely tell them that it was a funny show, a wonderful show, and I’m very proud of it. And that’s the end of that.”

        But Mr. Klemperer also had early misgivings about the series. He was offered the role as the Nazi commandant by CBS but his agent failed to tell him that it was humorous. When Mr. Klemperer learned that the show was a comedy, he said he was stunned.

        ”I had one qualification when I took the job: if they ever wrote a segment whereby Colonel Klink would come out the hero, I would leave the show.”

        • H0mer0

          Colonel Klink! Why hast thou abandoned me?
          (I tried to find the gif but couldn’t )

      • doktorzoom

        When it aired on German TV, certain creative tweaks were necessary:

        Touchy plot lines in the original American episodes, like a German plan to blitz London, were written out and replaced with a German plan to bombard Britain with condoms and thus win the war through birth control — shades of Woody Allen’s comedic dubbing of a Japanese spy thriller in ”What’s Up, Tiger Lily?”

        And, of course, the show’s stiff-arm salutes could not be accompanied by ”Heil Hitler!” Instead, the new dubbing has German officers barking out, ”This is how high the cornflowers grow!” as they raise their arms.

    • Dudleydidwrong

      We checked into a hotel in eastern France, not far from the German border, a few years ago. I turned on the telly and got German TV. Showing? “Hogan’s Heroes” auf Deutsch. “Ich weiss nicht, Hogan!” Who says the Germans have no sense of humor? Maybe the Czech reality show is intended as a comedy.

  • Jared James

    Stanley Milgram might have some advice for the producers of this experimentshow.

  • calliecallie

    Or a reality TV show about a couple of Japanese American families spending the summer at Manzinar.

  • Dolmance

    Try as they might, nobody’s ever going to beat the film “Life is Beautiful,” for a deeper descent into complete pandering garbage.

    Well, “Family Ties,” in Auschwitz would be pretty swell. Each little group could have their own barracks, like the gays in one and the kids in the other, and on and on and on and on.

  • “I’m a Direct Descendant of the Victims of Genocidal Maniacs – Get Me Outta Here!”

  • Msgr_Moment

    Cut them a break. They had to throw this together at the last minute after the original idea for a reality program — Prague Defenestration — was pitched, but didn’t quite reach its window of opportunity.

    • Rufus T. Firefly

      That show would have had to hit the ground running.

      • glasspusher

        Well played, sir.

    • Me not sure

      Fell flat.

    • riledupone

      Windows kept crashing.

    • Anarchy Pony

      The producers were head over heels.

  • VirginiaLady

    Before y’all behead me for saying it, this show would be very educational if done right. People really trying to live in hideous conditions. We would see it instead of reading about it.
    People love Game of Thrones and how hideous some of that is. This was real. As long as no one is hurt, this would be very interesting for someone as removed from the situation as I am.
    Ok, now you guys can tell me how horrible I am for prefering this over 19 Duggars a Duggaring.

    • Jen_Baker_VA

      Much better then gross duggars, still a bad idea. not the premise, the money
      So many many people died to nazis. making life with nazi’s a game show just seems so oddly wrong some how.
      Take away the fabulous prize for surviving those nazi scamps and I’d be more interested myself.

      • VirginiaLady

        The reason I’m interested in how modern families would handle this is twofold. Most of my immediate family left Poland before the nazi’s invaded. We had ealier problems with a great bunch of guys from Russia. They weren’t trying to kill us as much as they were conscripting our young men.
        Lads from our family upheld the time honored tradition of hiding out in the woods to avoid them. True story! I am curious how modern folks deal with this kind of thing, and since no one really gets hurt ( I hope) it would be interesting. I heard so many stories of what it was like to be dirt poor in Poland, so yeah it would kinda apply to what my family went through.
        Part 2 is that one guy WAS in the Polish army and got along well with the Gremans. We don’t talk about him much. Again curiosity. And no Duggars in sight!

        • Jen_Baker_VA

          If it were me, I’d go into my super ninja defense move of curling up into a little ball and whining and or begging. It does not work well exactly buuuutttt it is something to do.
          I agree, I’d be interested in it for that (and I thought the PBS one reffed there was a blast of whiny people learning how it really was) but the money thing makes me cringe. Survive the nazis, win 40k!
          Take that bit out and I might give it a go, at least, until they start complaining how hard it is to get by on rations and stuff.

      • Latverian Diplomat

        Channel 4 and PBS did several “get a modern family and other folks to live like they did back in …” shows. Colonial House, Pioneer House, Britain had 1900 House, 1940s House, and Edwardian Country House (Manor House in the US)

        There was no prize money. IIRC, and participants spent a lot of time complaining (because the past sucks, especially for women and the lower classes) and it was hard to get people to stay in character.

        Also, no Nazis. The biggest threats being boredom, hard work, and stifling social conventions. (The Puritans did get a visit from some Native Americans, but obviously, war was not going to break out or anything).

        • Jen_Baker_VA

          I have seen those. For the most part they were funny to watch people bitchmoan about how unfortunate they are to have signed up for a reality tee vee program.
          snork.
          I especially liked the entire laundry washing thing in the PBS one. That was funny as all get out

  • That’s some bad Czechs.

  • bozilingus

    Is The Bataan Death March coming soon?

    • nmmagyar

      Extreme Weight Loss: Bataan

    • Beowoof14

      We could do that in America with the Trail of Tears show. Too Soon?

      • bozilingus

        I live in Tennessee and occasionally drive on roads with Original Trail of Tears markers. Pretty certain that Native Americans did not have the luxury of paved roads.

  • Rick Hill

    Are we certain this is a reality show and not a training experience for our new conservative overlords? Much easier to subjugate people if you have real world training and that proved hard to come by for those who are looking for people with a certain skill set.

    • glasspusher

      Isn’t that what the Spanish Civil War was all about?

  • nmmagyar

    What is the Wonkette stance on sending Michelle Malkin to live in a Japanese internment camp? (I know she isn’t Japanese, but she is on record of saying they were a good idea)

    • beatbort

      American would have surrendered BEFORE Pearl Harbor if Malkin was around back then

  • tegrat

    Springtime, for Hitler, and Germany!

    • Doug Langley

      Who would have dreamed The Producers would become documentary?

    • Lady Bug

      Winter for Poland and France…and one unlucky Czech family!

  • Rufus T. Firefly

    Jesus. What’s next–Bataan, The Musical?

    • riledupone

      Survivor: Black Hole Of Calcutta

      • FukuiSanYesOta

        “Treblinka!” – a rom-com starring Jim Parsons as Franz Stangl.

        • Sheepshagger

          “Wild Siberia “. Hosted by Lavrenti Beria.

          • nmmagyar

            “Texas State Lege”

    • Mehmeisterjr

      “The Duggars – A Few Children We Maybe Didn’t Fuck Up for Life”

    • tomamitai
  • Good_Gawd_Yall

    Parody and irony. Man, I miss the days when you could explain what those were.

  • nmmagyar

    Apparently it IS a rule that all Czech men are hot. Woof on daddy in the front up there!!!!!

    • Anarchy Pony

      That’s what qualifies as hot? Really?

      • nmmagyar

        I recognize that I have strange taste in men – David Beckham does nothing for me, but Chris Meloni has actually made me dry hump a TV set (which is why I still cant go to Best Buy).

        • Me not sure

          “Cleanup on aisle nine. …… Oh, and apparently aisle ten.

          • Zippy

            and channel seven

          • Me not sure

            Is that Fox?

          • Anarchy Pony

            Depends on your service provider…

          • Me not sure

            Service?

          • Anarchy Pony

            Disservice if you get Fox.

        • Bill Slider

          Pix or gtfo

          • nmmagyar

            I’m sure the 2nd Judicial District Court of NM still has some

        • mailman27

          chung-chunggggg

      • nmmagyar

        Yep

      • nmmagyar

        He really is

        • nmmagyar

          again…

          • nmmagyar

            Shy is just fucking with me. Apparently.

          • Me not sure

            “He’s making a list and Czeching it twice.”

    • pstockholm

      Czech, and mate

  • Ricky Gay

    It’s no CBS The Briefcase. (gah)

  • Me not sure

    Note to self : Pitch Nazi Jeopardy to The rotting corpse of Merv Griffin.
    “I’d like ” sawdust soup ” for $500, Alex. …..No, really I’d like some.”

  • Olav_Pompatus

    Guys! Guys! Don’t you get it? That whole movie was meant to be a joke!

    — M. Brooks

  • Lady Bug

    Wow, I really did Nazi that coming.

    • Anarchy Pony
      • Vecciojohn

        Stop that punning or I’ll give you such a Goring . . .

        • malsperanza

          Oh, don’t be such a bore, man.

    • Whale Chowder

      …but the fans will Goebbels it up.

      • Lady Bug

        HEYdrich! Don’t Speer me on.

  • Paperless Tiger

    Why don’t they just go over to Ukraine and film Nazis in real time?

    • nmmagyar

      Arizona/Nevada/Utah/Idaho is closer

  • Lady Bug

    An exclusive excerpt from the American version of the show:

    https://youtu.be/1dou6KTlTyU?t=4m54s

    • Zyxomma

      I’ve never seen an episode of this show before. I’ve seen plenty of clips. It was better than I expected.

      • Lady Bug

        “We’re collecting lingerie for needy sexy people” :)

  • HolidayinCambodia

    Just so long as they don’t use my long-time Internet commenting name–although this is my first post on Wonkette.

    • riledupone

      They don’t allow comments here, so it’s your first time not-commenting here.

  • JoeChristmas

    Take home message: Reality shows are all about Nazis.

  • VandeGraf

    How about a program about some southern black folks interfacing with lynch mobs driving ’53 Chevy pickups? Or Cambodian school teachers having long interrogatory discussions with Khmer Rouge? Or how about death row inmates having dinner with executioners? We have yet to plumb the depths of possible entertainments!

    • cherrybop

      It could be worse. They could be sending them to a brony convention. Fucking perverts know no end to their debauchery. THEY WANT TO STOP MY FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS. FUCK THEIR MOTHERS IN THE BUTT. GOD SAVE US FROM THIS MENACE.

    • Jen_Baker_VA

      If it had blah people in there struggling you’d have the entire right screaming about forgetting the past and moving on

  • beatbort

    Maybe they should film an episode in Lidice. They could fake kill some Nazi officers and then the Nazis could fake kill the entire village in retaliation. Ben Shahn created a powerful poster about this event. A caption by the GPO accompanying the poster:
    “Lidice was a Czech mining village that was obliterated by the Nazis in retaliation for the 1942 shooting of a Nazi official by two Czechs. All men of the village were killed in a 10-hour massacre; the women and children were sent to concentration camps. The destruction of Lidice became a symbol for the brutality of Nazi occupation during World War II.”

    • malsperanza

      “Extreme Makeover: Lidice Edition.” Should do well.

      But I’m going to wait for “Real Housewives of Stalingrad.”

  • Sheesko

    It isn’t an authentic experience if they are aware that they will live through it. Pussies.

  • Beowoof14

    Hey is the like the European version of the Duggars?

    • Mehmeisterjr

      Die Schitzengrübern LIBELZZZZ!

  • Celtic_Gnome

    So, Godwin is now flat-out running the television industry?

  • It’s a Holiday in the Protectorate
    Where you do what you’re told!
    It’s a Holiday in the Protectorate
    ‘Cause the Reich had so much soul!
    REINHARD HEYDRICH!

  • Lizzietish81

    I just got back from Mad Max, so I want THUNDERDOME!

    And Tina Turner better be the host.

    • Anarchy Pony

      Was it any good?

      • Lizzietish81

        It was awesome.

  • The backstory on this is that it was originally going to be set in North Korea, for some real labor camp verisimilitude, but getting filming permits in that place is a total pain in the ass.

  • beatbort

    I would only watch this show if one of the recurring characters was Borat.

  • Zyxomma

    I’m rarely rendered speechless. It just happened.

  • Poly_Ester

    Sorta like Texas in a few months once the occupation is complete.

  • Adrian

    Leave It To Adolph _(ツ)_/¯

  • JoeChristmas

    Next up on Deutsch TV1: Eine Kleine Lebensraum — the Slavs — 25 Million and Counting

    • Zyxomma

      Oy, vey.

    • Billy Rubin

      6 Million’s Enough

  • w9anthimos

    Fuehrer Knows Best!

  • doktorzoom

    The series was going just fine until they hired Peter Dinklage to guest star, during sweeps week, as a resistance fighter hiding with the family. He stormed off the set after refusing to say the line, “Excuse me, can you cache a small Czech?”

    • nmmagyar

      Marry me?

      • doktorzoom

        The management wishes to inform our readers that Doktor Zoom is taken. And not just by himself.

        • shastakoala

          :)

    • memzilla

      Dinklage was also to be shown getting a massage and bursting into laughter, but it was not Prague tickle.

    • Anarchy Pony

      Second time I’ve posted this today.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0e7V2hzqI0

    • blaid droog

      I keep coming back to wonkette for the wit.

  • Barley_Brains

    Well, Dugger me! That right there is some amazing bullshit.

  • Mehmeisterjr

    Coming Soon to TLC:

    “The Pedophile Bachelor”

    “At Home with the Hasterts”

    “Individual A and Counting”

    • badphairy

      Double feature
      12 Seats Over There in Front of 12 Angry Men.

  • Charles Wolf

    I got one: Can you survive,
    Mengele’s Daycare & Wellness Spa.

    • richardgrabman

      Klaus Barbie Dolls?

      • badphairy

        super ultra mega groan.

        Which means I’m just envious I didn’t think of it :P

      • Charles Wolf

        We have a winner !!!

  • sillyclucker

    The US has already done a WWII reality show. Have you forgotten Hogan’s Heroes?

    • Kat Anyperson

      Clearly… they know nothing!

    • jmk

      And the British had one, also too… called ‘Allo ‘Allo.

      Well worth watching.

  • MrBlobfish

    I’m French on my fathers side, Polish on my mothers side. We’re not too fond of Nazis.

    • YayConspiracy

      very few are, my dear.

  • Zippy

    I hate Illinois reality show Nazis

    • Portia Elm

      yes, those Illinois Nazis. Glad someone else noticed.

  • elpinche

    Series finale: Send in the Bear-Jew.

  • SadDemInTex

    And I thought our TV execs were “special”…

  • Zippy

    Goose stepping with the stars

  • Kat Anyperson

    ….. it’s like someone watched The Long Game from Dr Who and thought “OMG, I know what kind of show to make next!!!”

    dafuq did I just read. srsly.

  • Billy Rubin

    Where to go from here:
    * 29 Uruguayan Soccer Players and Counting. A recreation of the 1972 plane crash in the Andes Mountains, where survivors feed on the flesh of whomever is voted off the crash site
    * Punic Wars. Join in the excitement as a Roman army moves from village to village, slaughtering livestock, pressing the peasantry into slavery, and salts the Earth behind them to ensure that no settlement will ever be established. there again.
    * Real Housewives of the Middle Passage.

    • Jared James

      “Hun for a Day,” where contestants compete to see how many skulls of their enemies they can stack up in a single afternoon, then it’s off to the bear-baiting pit for a fun-filled evening of family entertainment with the kids.

  • Fly

    Next up, all in the family, with host Josh Duggar.

  • alwayspunkindrublic

    The music swells as the would-be lovers bid their final farewell on the foggy tarmac…”we’ll always have Auschwitz…”

  • YayConspiracy

    Will they be requested to take a small train ride to Theresienstadt at the end of the show? Do some menial labor?

  • tinywriting

    First as tragedy, then as farce …

  • Me not sure

    “Where have you gone Newton Minnow…..?”

    • Hardly Ideal

      The wasteland is really nice this time of year.

      No, really. My wife and I went to north-east Arizona recently. Vermillion Cliffs and Antelope Canyon are kind of magical, even when it’s raining like it did.

  • Daniel

    “Maybe our camera crews should try for a wholesome reboot and set up shop in a nice spot in the country with a full complement of Nazis.

    American TV execs should try learning something from Czech public broadcaster Ceska Televize’s Dovolená v Protektorátu, or Holiday in the Protectorate.”

    Don’t give them any other ideas. They are already sticking the poor on each other like the Hunger Games.

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2015/05/28/on_the_briefcase_poor_americans_have_to_prove_themselves.html

    Just like they left kids to live in squalor for cash during the Bush years.

    http://flavorwire.com/474701/kid-nation-looking-back-on-tvs-most-disturbing-reality-show

    Reenacted Nazi regimes would be something that the 700 club or TLC would sign up for in a heartbeat.

  • Sebastian Melmoth

    How about a reality TV show where a black family gets to live in Ferguson, Missouri?

  • Bahhhdman

    And you know the dolts at The “History” Channel are kicking themselves that they didn’t think of it first.

    ‘Cause the most important history is that which involves Nazis (also extraterrestrials and Jesus).

  • kfreed

    At this point, I think it’s safe to set our television sets on fire.

  • Antonin Dvorak

    #NotallCzechs

  • Ryan Denniston

    I dunno, the Duggars got them beat I think.

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