Andrew Rannells (Elijah on HBO’s Girls) has joined the voice cast of Nickelodeon’s newest animated series Welcome to the Wayne, created by Emmy-winning writer and composer Billy Lopez (Wonder Pets!). The digital-first concept which follows three plucky kids uncovering mysteries as they explore their strange apartment building made its TV premiere on Monday.
Rannells plays a mysterious new neighbor named Andrei, who has no memory of who he is or where he came from. He’ll make his debut in Friday’s episode, “Some Kind of Tap-Dancing, Beekeeping Whaler.” New episodes are premiering every day this week at 5:30 p.m., with encores on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. More new mysteries will roll out in September.
The newcomer has plenty of experience in the recording booth, having voiced numerous roles for animated series including the Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh! franchises, Sofia the First and ‘90s toon Street Sharks.
This 20-episode season, Welcome to the Wayne’s guest voice roster also includes Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2) as Albert Molina, Ansi’s no-nonsense father; Annie Potts (Ghostbusters) as Olympia Timbers, Olly and Saraline’s mom; Richard Kind (Inside Out) as Harvey Timbers, Olly and Saraline’s dad; Emo Philips (Adventure Time) as Dennis O’Bannon, the Wayne’s resident tough guy; David Hornsby (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) as Leif Bornewell III, a secret-agent wannabe; Daniel Abeles (Smash) as Randy, the guy with odd jobs all over the Wayne; and Shannon Walsh (Begin Again) as Madison Payne, the 8-year-old co-host of “Secret Mysteries,” the paranormal investigation show she makes with her Dad, Garrison Payne, voiced by Clarke Thorell (The Americans).
Previously announced voice stars are Alanna Ubach (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce) as Ansi, the anxious new kid in town; creator and co-executive producer Billy Lopez as Olly Timbers, the adventurous 10-year-old son of a toy maker and a military scientist, and lifelong resident of the Wayne; and Dana Steingold (Avenue Q musical) as Saraline Timbers, Olly’s responsible and more mature little sister. The show follows the comedic adventures of Ansi, Olly and Saraline as each new investigation around their building brings them face-to-face with new characters, creatures, and oddities, known as “Wayne Phenomena,” leading them closer to uncovering the truth about the weird things happening in their building.
Emmy-winning creative exec Michael Pecoriello serves as executive producer alongside Lopez, who also writes the series. The show debuted in 2014 as Nickelodeon’s first digital short-form series on Nick.com.