It was a television producer's -- and maybe a Freudian psychologist's -- dream: Three half-nekkid models, their bodies draped in slithering snakes, with South Florida's version of the Temple of Mammon, the Seminole Hard Rock Casino near Hollywood, looming in the background as the cameras rolled.
Better yet, the snakes were getting frisky.
One wriggled down a model's back, slipped its head into the bow securing her bikini top and tugged: Call it anthropomorphism, but it sure looked like he was trying to untie it. Meanwhile, a second python coiled itself into a noose around another's neck.
A snake wrangler grabbed the prurient-minded python and placed it back on her shoulders. But since the FCC has no clear rules against the on-camera strangulation of reality-show contestants, the second model was on her own. ''Just let me know when you can't breathe,'' the wrangler helpfully advised her.
Soft-core kink and hard-core lunacy were the rules of the game on a makeshift platform alongside the Hard Rock's pool, where the E! television channel was shooting Last Model Standing, which will air Nov. 24. Read the full story from Friday's Miami Herald.