Can somebody please explain to me why TV shows look so different from other things? For example, I cannot go and achieve the same look as you see on CSI Miami. I cannot take my girlfriend and her friends, film some things in the neighborhood and have it look like Desparate Housewives. Even professional sports, like football, "look" different than broadcast TV shows, and we all know the NFL doesn't use cheap stuff.
I also know that it isn't necessarily because of the camera. Betacam and Digibetas are super high-dollar cameras and are used by remote TV anchors on location, but the footage shot by those cameras look nothing like we see on TV shows.
So what is the big secret? Is it a $200,000 MEGA SUPER DUPER LENS lens or what?