PASADENA — CBS wants to create more big bangs.
No, it doesn’t think it can clone “The Big Bang Theory,” the most successful comedy on television.
It does think, after last summer’s runaway success of “Under the Dome,” that it can develop water-cooler “events” by commissioning limited-run shows and reviving the miniseries.
Among the big-name producers developing potential “events” for CBS are Steven Spielberg, Mark Burnett and Vince Gilligan.
“This is what we’re focusing on,” CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler told TV writers here Wednesday. “We’re going for the bigger headline.”
With CBS’s prime-time lineup relatively stable and well ahead of the other broadcast networks, Tassler said the network hopes to replicate last summer’s success by adding a second limited-run series alongside “Under the Dome.”
“Extant,” a sci-fi drama created by Spielberg and starring Halle Berry, will premiere July 2 and have a similar 13-episode run.
As for “Dome” itself, which returns June 30, creator Stephen King will write the season’s first episode.
“Unforgettable” will also return this summer, as part of what Tassler said is now “year-round original programming.”
Shows in the CBS pipeline include “Battle Creek,” a police drama proposed by Gilligan before he created “Breaking Bad.”
Tassler said Gilligan submitted the proposal in 2002, “so it was on my desk for a dozen years” before it went forward.
“Dovekeepers,” a Burnett miniseries based on the popular Alice Hoffman novel, will air in 2015.
Limited-run series and the usually shorter miniseries format, popular in the 1970s and 1980s, have fallen out of favor in recent years. Tassler said viewer demand, competition from cable and “a new economic model” have made them desirable again.
Tassler didn’t directly address speculation about the future for several of her network’s veteran prime-time series, including “The Good Wife,” “The Mentalist” and “CSI.”
She singled out “The Good Wife” as a strong performer in TV’s new multiplatform world, saying it does exceptionally well with DVR replay, online and other post-live viewing.
She praised the “bold” decision by the producers of “Person of Interest” and “The Mentalist” to kill off major characters mid-season.
“That’s something we never would have done a few years ago,” she said. “It shows how the television landscape has changed.”
She said “Under the Dome” will undergo some changes this season, with two characters being eliminated in the first episode and new characters coming in — which may seem surprising, given the premise of a town sealed off from the world.
Concerning the challenge for late-night host David Letterman when NBC replaces Jay Leno with Jimmy Fallon this year, Tassler said CBS isn’t worried.
“Dave’s an icon at the top of his game,” she said. “Through bookings and promotion and other things, we’re busy thinking of ways to make his show more exciting.”
She also said CBS’ entire daytime lineup has been renewed for next season.