By Abby West
Updated November 21, 2012 at 11:11 PM EST

If you’ve been missing Nickelodeon’s otherworldly live-action telenovela-style series House of Anubis since it’s season 2 finale in March, never fear. The series, which follows a group of students solving mysteries at an English boarding school, while dealing with normal teenage tumult, is set to return in January. And season 3 raises the stakes for the kids and introduces new characters, love interests, and villains. The teens go up against the teachers as they race to defeat an ancient curse and prevent a great evil from reawakening forever. Enter K.T Rush (Alexandra Shipp), an adventurous, perky, and tenacious American girl, who becomes a vital part of the Sibuna gang and partners with Eddie (Burkely Duffield) to unlock the new Anubis House mystery. Louisa Connelly-Burnham also joins the show as Willow, a bright and quirky student from another boarding house who yearns to join Anubis House. This season fans will also get to see different parts of the Anubis House campus (both above and below ground) that they’ve never seen before and and find out new things about old characters.

But it’s really a game-changer of a year for Eddie,who returns to school thinking he can spend another term hanging out and eating pancakes. But an Osarian vision tells him that he needs to stop a great evil and save the lives of his friends, and he finds himself with an inexplicable connection to new girl KT. Watch their first meeting in the exclusive promo after the jump.

Are you looking forward to the new season?