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What to Watch on Saturday: 'Longmire' marathon, Mystery Brewing on 'Crowd Rules'

Longmire (2pm, A&E) - If you missed the great first season of "Longmire," here's a chance to catch up before Season 2 debuts Monday night at 10. "Longmire" is a slower-paced modern-day western (it's nothing like "Justified," but still pretty fantastic) based on a series of novels by Craig Johnson. Sheriff Walt Longmire is an old-fashioned Wyoming lawman who struggles to cope with his wife's death as he attempts to move on with his life and career. It stars Robert Taylor as Longmire as well as Lou Diamond Phillips and Katee Sackhoff. Do it.

Defiance (5pm, Syfy) - Another marathon. This one begins with the pilot episode of a new sci-fi drama set in the year 2046, more than 30 years following a war between humans and aliens that left Earth forever changed.

Ultimate BBQ Cookout Countdown (9pm, ABC) - A search for the top barbecue in the U.S. includes stops at the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama; a clambake in Connecticut; a cowboy cook-off in Texas; a BBQ contest in Tennessee; and a Memorial Day cookout in California.

Crowd Rules (10pm, CNBC) - A repeat of Tuesday night's episode in which Mystery Brewing Company of Hillsborough competed against two other companies, including a fitness center in Myrtle Beach, for a $50,000 prize. Mystery Brewing's Erik Lars Myers (right) had to convince three judges and an audience that his business plan was the most deserving.

Pintful: Mystery Brewing wins $50,000 in CNBC reality TV show

Mystery Brewing's Erik Lars Myers won $50,000 in a reality TV show contest that aired Tuesday on CNBC.

The Hillsborough-based microbrewery owner competed against two other new companies in an effort to convince three judges and the audience of the new cable TV show Crowd Rules that his business plan is the most deserving of the cash prize.

In the end, Mystery Brewing tied the other finalist Sky Fitness, a Myrtle Beach, S.C.-based gym, at 50 percent. But when the judges votes were removed (two for Sky and one of Mystery), Myers won 49 percent to 48 percent. "All I need is this little push to make us fly," Myers said in his final 30-second plea to the crowd.

The judges criticized Myers decision to open a tap room in Hillsborough instead of buy more kegs. Myers told the judges that $50,000 in prize money to buy more kegs would increase monthly revenues by $20,000. "We need to get more beer out the door," he acknowledged.

The theme of the show -- the second in the series -- was "debt," an ode to companies in the red at the start. As Myers told me in recent Pintful column the first year was a challenge. But the prize money will surely help move his vision along.

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