Brené Brown is getting her own unscripted television series that will take the author and professor’s unique field of expertise on human emotion and experience to a wider audience. The show will be called Atlas of the Heart (also the title of Brown’s upcoming book) and will start filming later this month in Austin, Texas.
Atlas of the Heart will “take viewers on an interactive journey through the range of emotions and experiences that define what it means to be human.” Brown’s usual mix of pop culture, anecdotes and her own research will provide the bones of a series that will aim to help viewers better connect with themselves and with each other.
“The real gift of expanding our language, practicing this work, and cultivating meaningful connection is being able to go anywhere without the fear of getting lost,” Brown said. “When fear, anxiety, and uncertainty leave us feeling adrift and untethered in our lives, our first instinct is to look out into the distance to find the nearest shore. But the shore isn’t something outside of us — the solid ground we’re seeking is within us. It’s not always easy to find, but it’s there. I believe the more confident we are about being able to navigate to that place, the more daring our adventures and the more connected we are to ourselves and each other.”
Brown first lept to national prominence with her “Power of Vulnerability” TED Talk, which challenges American notions about what real strength looks like. Since then, books like Dare to Lead, Braving the Wilderness and The Gifts of Imperfection have gained her an enormous audience, especially as she’s proved extremely adept at navigating the emotions brought on by a global pandemic.
“At HBO Max, we pride ourselves on telling stories representative of all walks of life, and those stories would mean nothing without the language of emotion and the shared experience,” Sarah Aubrey, head of original content at the WarnerMedia streamer, told the Hollywood Reporter. “By bringing Dr. Brown’s extensive research to life through film, television, and pop culture, we are able to demonstrate deep connection and insight that will resonate with our viewers.”