Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, "The Forgotten" was ordered to series by ABC, scheduled for Tuesday nights at 10 and then the network promptly went to work recasting.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Slater would take over from Rupert Penry-Jones as a former cop still traumatized by his 11-year-old daughter's kidnapping. Now he leads a group of amateur detectives exploring cases forgotten by the legitimate law enforcement establishment.
Yet to be recast is the female gumshoe played by Reiko Aylesworth in the original pilot.
Sticking around for the series are co-stars including Michelle Borth, Bob Stephenson and Rochelle Aytes.
ABC has set a September 22 premiere date for "The Forgotten."
This would be a quick return to the small screen for the "Heathers" and "Broken Arrow" star. Slater had a dual role in NBC's quickly-cancelled "My Own Worst Enemies" this past fall.
Slater isn't entirely a newcomer to ABC's airwaves. He appeared in two episodes of "Alias" back in 2003.