1) “Young Rock,” 8 p.m., NBC. After several misfires, this show comes up with a slick and funny episode. It flashes back to when Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (shown here nowadays) was a college football player … and to when action films dominated the box office. Now he has an on-campus mission that rivals the ordeals of Stallone and Schwarzenegger. That’s joined by two sub-plots, one so-so (Johnson’s grandmother returns) and one quite good (in the future, he chooses a pun-afflicted vice-presidential candidate).
2) “Soul of a Nation” finale, 10 p.m., ABC. This potent series ends its five-week run with trips to the past. One views the progress of freed slaves in Louisiana, during Reconstruction; another recalls the massacre that destroyed Tulsa’s thriving Black community. (The latter will also be viewed in a PBS report on May 31, its 100th anniversary.) In current times, we meet families of death-row inmates. Also, Andra Day discusses key songs (“Strange Fruit” and her “Rise Up”) and sings “Tigress & Tweed.”
3) “Hemingway,” 8-10 p.m., PBS; repeats 10 p.m. to midnight. The mid-section of this brilliant, three-night mini-series catches Ernest Hemingway at his peak. At 30, he had already drawn fame for “The Sun Also Rises” and was finishing “A Farewell to Arms.” With his second wife and first son, he retreated to Key West, Fla. But he grew restless easily, especially after meeting his match – Martha Gellhorn, a renowned war correspondent.
4) “FBI” and “FBI: Most Wanted,” 9 and 10 p.m., CBS. Already taking up a key chunk of CBS’ real estate, this franchise will add a third series (“FBI: International”) next season. Tonight, “FBI” probes an armed-robbery gang; “Most Wanted” tries to help Crosby’s old Army buddy, then finds a conspiracy.
5) “Chad” debut, 10:30 p.m., TBS. This innovative comedy ranges from painfully funny to merely painful. A 14-year-old wants high school to be a new start; he shed his braces and wants to shed his Persian roots, even changing his name to Chad. Surprisingly, he’s played (convincingly) by a 39-year-old woman, Nasim Pedrad, who also wrote and directed it. Some moments are wonderfully clever; others are so over-the-top that we can only wince with empathy.