Bob Odenkirk to join salute of Better Call Saul at upcoming PaleyFest LA that also will feature This Is Us cast

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Better Call Saul, This Is Us and 'black-ish' will be among the shows to be saluted at the Paley Center for Media´s annual TV festival as it returns to live events after two years of pandemic-caused virtual editions.

The trio of shows, all set to end this year, will be among 13 others whose casts and creators will be showcased at the 39th annual PaleyFest LA, running from April 2 to 10 in Los Angeles.

A total of 10 events are planned.

Final season: Bob Odenkirk, shown in a still from Better Call Saul, will be a participant in the upcoming PaleyFest LA

'We are so excited to be returning in person to the Dolby Theatre,' said Maureen J. Reidy, president and CEO of the Paley Center. 

She said there's been an outpouring of interest and enthusiasm from networks, studios and fans eager to welcome the event back in its familiar format.

Among the stars set to participate: Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore and Sterling K. Brown of 'This Is Us'; Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross and Jenifer Lewis of 'black-ish'; Bob Odenkirk, 59, Rhea Seehorn, and Giancarlo Esposito of 'Better Call Saul.'

'Saul Goodman might only be the `World´s 2nd Best Lawyer´- but he scores an invitation to PaleyFest?!' said Peter Gould, executive producer of the 'Breaking Bad' spinoff and a festival participant, in a statement.

Hit show: Sterling K. Brown, seen in a still from This Is Us, also will participate in the event

Better Call Saul star Bob suffered a heart attack last July on the set of the sixth and final season of the AMC show.

PaleyFest focuses on 'culturally relevant and buzz-worthy shows that are also critically acclaimed and have a social impact,' Reidy said. The festival draws fans from the United States and other countries for its panel discussions, audience Q&As and episode previews.

The 'NCIS' franchise, including the original series and spinoffs 'NCIS: Los Angeles' and 'NCIS: Hawai´i,' will be saluted in an event featuring the series' stars including Sean Murray, Rocky Carroll, Chris O´Donnell, LL Cool J, Vanessa Lachey and Alex Tarrant.

ABC series: Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Davis are shown in a still from the ABC series 'black-ish' that also will be featured at PaleyFest

Fluctuations in COVID infection rates have forced postponements for some live entertainment events, including the Grammys, and Reidy said it's 'health and safety first' for the festival. She noted that PaleyFest is more than two months away.

'We are constantly monitoring and following city, state and federal guidelines, and will continue to monitor them and make any necessary adjustments to ensure that we present a safe environment for all of our guests,' she said.

PaleyFest helps support the Paley Center's education initiatives and preservation of the Paley Archive and its more than 160,000 TV and radio programs from more than 70 countries.

Other series and some of the cast members included in the PaleyFest line-up announced Tuesday: 'Superman & Lois,' with Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth `Bitsie´ Tulloch; Ghosts,' with Rose McIver and Utkarsh Ambudkar, and 'The Neighborhood,' with Cedric the Entertainer, Max Greenfield, Beth Behrs and Tichina Arnold.

'Hacks,' Jean Smart, Hannah Einbinder and Carl Clemons-Hopkins; Cobra Kai,' Ralph Macchio, William Zabka and Courtney Henggeler; 'Riverdale,' KJ Apa, Cole Sprouse, Lili Reinhart and Camila Mendes and 'Emily in Paris,' Lily Collins, Ashley Park and Lucas Bravo.

CBS series: Rebecca Wisocky as Hetty and Matt Walsh as Elias Woodstone are shown in a still from the CBS series Ghosts that will be part of the PaleyFes LA lineup

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