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TLC, Sharp Ent slate “So Freakin Cheap”; Discovery+ preps Marsai Martin project

TLC its set to follow four extreme bargain-hunting families in its new series So Freakin Cheap from 90 Day Fiance producer Sharp Entertainment. In the series, families are forced to confront their loved ...
June 15, 2021

TLC its set to follow four extreme bargain-hunting families in its new series So Freakin Cheap from 90 Day Fiance producer Sharp Entertainment.

In the series, families are forced to confront their loved ones in the hopes of living a more normal life as they approach major milestones like planning a wedding, renovating a home, buying a new car and laying down the path for a career in fashion.

The families featured in the series include the Trans, a family of six in Orlando, Florida that finds inexpensive ways to participate in pageants, but whose youngest daughter wants to strike out as a fashion model; the Watson Family from Mesa, Arizona who first debuted on the series Extreme Cheapskates and are planning an upcoming wedding with a total budget of $750; the Guiles Family in Minoa, New York, who butt heads over how much to spend on a home renovation project; and the Clayton Family in Stonecrest, Georgia who end up at odds over one member’s overly frugal homemade DIY projects.

The series premieres June 28 with episodes also available to stream on Discovery+

Discovery+, 51 Minds, Genius Ent team for Marsai Martin design series

Non-fiction streamer Discovery+ is partnering with Black-ish and Little actress Marsai Martin (pictured) on an untitled interior design series, produced by 51 Minds Entertainment in association with Genius Entertainment.

Scheduled to stream in 2022, the eight-episode series will see Martin and a design team — including carpenter Joanie Sprague and designer Tiffany Thompson — overhaul the bedrooms of peer-nominated youth who make a positive impact in their communities.

Martin serves as executive producer. EPs for 51 Minds include Christian Sarabia, Raymond Garcia, Nicole Elliott and Adriane Hopper Williams. Josh and Carol Martin, Nicole Dow and Oronde Garrett EP for Genius Entertainment.

With files from Jillian Morgan

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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