“…a near legendary knowledge of prime-time schedules throughout the medium’s history…”

                            -- Variety



“I believe there is gold in this Jim McKairnes.”

                      --  Norman Lear


Son of an unsung TV pioneer from the experimental days of 1940s Philadelphia ... Follows a presumed destiny to Hollywood following an East Coast journalism start … Discovered upon arrival by legendary Norman Lear upon arrival, leading to the long-running dream-fulfilling post behind the scenes at CBS … Executive stints in cable and at the studios follow, then teaching and authoring, which put strong wind in mid-career sails … Still exploring new horizons under and above the radar in an online world … And a Masters degree at last ...


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“Jim’s unparalleled knowledge of television [gave us] an invaluable leg up ...”

                               --  CBS               

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"Think you know tv? This guy does. Buy his books. You’ll learn a thing or two."


​-- Kelly Kahl, CBS President

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