City of Brotherly Love? Maybe. But David Boreanaz has a nasty case of envy for his fellow Philly boy Bradley Cooper.
"I get so jealous seeing Bradley Cooper shooting 'Silver Linings Playbook' with Robert De Niro," Boreanaz says. "I'd love to shoot something like that that captures the Philadelphia heart. I appreciate the city a lot."
Cheer up, David. When "Bones" recently returned from its winter hiatus, Boreanaz got to tango through the same sort of ballroom dancing challenge that Cooper faced in "Silver Linings."
Only the guest star wasn't De Niro; it was the raucous Mary Murphy from "So You Think You Can Dance."
In the episode, Booth (Boreanaz) and Brennan (Emily Deschanel) go undercover as contestants to catch a murderer on a TV show called "Dance to the Top."
Did he enjoy shooting the choreography-heavy script? "Well, except for the outfits," he says, laughing.
"The dancing show is a great thank-you for our fans who love seeing them go undercover. It's a unique change of pace from the dramatic serial-killer thing we're usually doing."
Actually, "Bones' fans love seeing just about anything Brennan and Booth choose to do. It was announced recently that the show has been renewed for a ninth season beginning next fall.
That would push it past "24" and "House" into a tie with "The X-Files" as Fox's second-longest-running drama (trailing only "Beverly Hills 90210").
"It's been great to see it
Boreanaz's lengthy tenure on "Bones" follows extended runs on two other series, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel."
Good thing he's got an iron work ethic.
"I always loved to work, even as a kid," he says. "I spent years at the Lancaster County Farmers Market (in Wayne, Pa.). I started in the produce department; I was a short-order cook; I dabbled in meats and eventually settled in nuts."
Boreanaz's family life hit a rough patch in 2010, when a tabloid revealed that before Rachel Uchitel gained notoriety as one of Tiger Woods' mistresses, she had a steamy affair with Boreanaz. (A female extra on "Bones" also sued him for sexual harassment, since settled.)
In a 2011 interview with TV Week, Boreanaz said that he and his wife, former Playboy Playmate Jaime Bergman, had worked through this "extremely rocky" chapter, and that his marital transgressions became "a bonding experience, in the long run."
He'd rather not revisit the topic.
"Sometimes in life you come across options, you make your choices and then you have to deal with the consequences," he says. "I'm a moment-to-moment guy. I'm here now, and I'm blessed."
Besides the return of "Bones," he's also in a new film -- "Officer Down," along with Stephen Dorff, James Woods, Stephen Lang, Dominic Purcell, Tommy Flanagan of "Sons of Anarchy" and Walton Goggins of "Justified."
When: 8 p.m. Mondays