ABC is reviving its popular Nineties sitcom Roseanne for an eight-episode 10th season set in the present day, due to air later this month. A new teaser for the show, which follows the antics of a blue-collar family, aired during the Oscars telecast last night (March 4th). The spot was soundtracked by none other than "Whole Lotta Rosie," AC/DC's crude anthem in honor of plus-sized women.
Is this audiovisual pairing obvious? Yes. Is it crass? Without a doubt. For those unfamiliar with the song's themes, consider the following lines from the opening verse a fitting summary ("She ain't exactly pretty/Ain't exactly small/Fourt'two thirt'ninefiftysix/You could say she's got it all.") Still, one can't help but crack a smile at the band's inclusion, just as we threw up the devil horns when Hungarian figure skater Ivett Toth hit the ice to an AC/DC medley at the 2018 Winter Olympics last month. Such crossovers don't come every day, you know — certainly not from the Aussie rockers, who are famously choosy when it comes to licensing deals with companies not named Walmart.
Arriving over 20 years after the series finale, the rebooted Roseanne premieres March 27th on ABC at 8 p.m. EST with back-to-back episodes. The revival reunites most of the original cast: Roseanne Barr (Roseanne), John Goodman (Dan), Laurie Metcalf (Jackie), Sara Gilbert (Darlene), Michael Fishman (DJ) and Lecy Goranson (Becky).
Here's the original "Whole Lotta Rosie," for reference: