On the heels of Tom Cruise's "American Made," WBRZ will re-air two specials on the famous Baton Rouge-born pilot, who became a drug smuggler and eventually a government informant, Cruise portrays in the film. 

"American Made," which debuted in U.S. theaters three weeks ago, has grossed $40.2 million at the box office thus far.

After years running drugs for the Medellin cartel, Seal was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison for drug smuggling. However, he and the Drug Enforcement Administration worked out an agreement for him to become an informant, beginning in 1984. Seal was gunned down by Medellin cartel hit men outside a Salvation Army halfway house in Baton Rouge in 1986.

In the special, “Barry Seal: Uncle Sam Wants You,” WBRZ investigative reporter John Camp "has a one-on-one interview with the Baton Rouge action pilot. The show takes you to Miami, Florida, for an undercover meeting and has extensive interviews with Seal on the aircraft used for the missions," a news release says. 

A second special, “Barry Seal: Murder of a Witness," "chronicles the trials and court battles that eventually lead to Seal’s execution in Baton Rouge by hit men from the Medellin drug cartel."

The specials will air on WBRZ, Channel 2 (cable Channel 5) and its sister station, WBTR, Channel 41 (cable Channel 19) as follows: 

  • WBRZ, noon Sunday
  • WBTR, 3 p.m. Sunday
  • WBRZ 2.2, 8 p.m. Tuesday
  • WBRZ 2.2, noon Saturday, Oct. 28
  • WBRZ 2.2 noon Sunday, Oct. 29

Additional information and stories about the Barry Seal specials can be found at WBRZ.com.

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